Grenaa has been a market town since 1445, and today it is the largest commercial centre of Djursland with all types of specialty shops and supermarkets. Torvet, the centre of the town, unites three pedestrian streets, and you can dine at an outdoor restaurant in this area, weather permitting. Each Saturday in July, there’s also music.
Torvet is also the location of Grenaa Church. Construction started around the year 1300. The tower and porch were built approximately 100 years later and, during The Reformation in the middle of the 16th century, the aisle was built. The church is in Gothic style. It was thoroughly restored in 2001 and, at the same time, got one of the best organs in northern Europe. The church’s carillon consisting of 48 bronze bells is also one of the best of its kind. The church is open monday - freiday from 14.00 - 16.00.
The tourist office is located at Torvet 6. Originally, the building was constructed as the town hall in 1806. Lillegade, a cosy shopping and restaurant street, is just west of Torvet. It takes you to the oldest preserved residential building in town. Aftenstjernen, Lillegade 39, is a merchant’s house from 1751, but today it has been converted into a home-like pub with music performances. The mayor’s yard from 1768 is situated farther down the street.
One of the side streets of Lillegade, Nederstræde, is a cosy alley with idyllic and well-preserved timber-framed houses. At the end of Lillegade, there is a town park with a playground and high, leafy trees. A path along each side of the river takes you back to town, passing allotment gardens, which are a typical Danish garden tradition from the 20th century with small land parcels and simple cottages.
From Århusvej, turn left towards the church. There you’ll pass the old merchants yard from 1760, which today is the home of Museum Østjylland Grenaa. In addition to the museum’s permanent displays about regional history, there are special changing exhibitions, and there are always special activities for children during school holiday periods.