During sailing time, the 17 - and 1800's Brekkestø the most commonly used winter harbor on the south coast. Here came the ships from most of Northern European countries, and it common that they had to wait several months before they could continue their journey. They were waiting for good weather, appropriate air, the ice would disappear, or they were waiting for cargo. In the winter of 1862 there were 92 sailing ships in the harbor, so they could walk safely from island to island here. Ship traffic created a lot of activity, and there where shops, apartments, hotels and duty station in the small outport.
Today the Brekkestø as the perfect summer idyll with white wooden houses, rose gardens, a gallery and a grocery store. The marina has garbage containers and toilets for tourists, and refueling for petrol and diesel.
Each year a paddling race is arranged in Brekkestø, Lillesand. The competition attracts paddlers from all over the region. Olympic winner Eirik Larsen Verås has participated in the race. In 2014 ”Blindleialøpet” will be held Saturday July 19th.
To get in the right summer mood, you will have to buy an icecream in Brekkestø!
To get to Brekkestø you must have your own boat or car, or you can take the summer ferry M/B Øya to the island.
From Lillesand by car it takes about 14 minutes to get to Brekkestø. From the centre of Lillesand you follow the RV 420, and than take off by FV 236 to Brekkestø and Justøy.
From Kristiansand by car it takes about 25 minutes to get to Brekkestø. From the centre of Kristiansand you follow the E18 towards Oslo, take off by exit 86 by "Brønningmyrkrysset" than follow RV 420, and than take off by FV 236 to Brekkestø and Justøy.
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Brekkestø as the perfect summer idyll with white wooden houses, rose gardens, a gallery and a grocery store. Every year a paddling race is arranged.
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