There’s quite another wind blowing at the other side of the Netherlands. The rural perfume of cattle and clean forest air in the east of the country gives you that holiday feeling, but the bracing sea air in the west is relaxing yet invigorating. Although the Dutch coast has its own general character – wide sandy beaches with a diversity of duneland – there are still clear differences to be seen in each coastal province.
Zeeland is the quintessence of holiday atmosphere because here, in the sunniest part of the Netherlands, the sea is never very far away. Here you can find peace and quiet, and sometimes fossilised shells and shark’s or
ray’s teeth if you have the patience to look carefully.
But if you aren’t interested in fossils, you can indulge in some water sports. There are plenty of options for you to try at family sports beaches like Kijkduin, Watergat, ‘t Klokje and Wilhelminahoeve. Or if this is too energetic for you, why not go for a long, relaxing walk along the beach.
Dunes at Schoorl
The sea may be the dominant factor in Zeeland, but Noord-Holland is noted for its fantastic dunes.
The eye-catching, 51-metres-high recreational sand dune at Schoorl is definitely worth climbing.
If you manage to get up this sandy hill, you’ll be rewarded with fabulous views of the biggest dune area in the Netherlands, which is 5 kilometres wide at some places. And this is a good excuse to go for a bike ride or a walk to the coast, where you can enjoy a well-earned drink and a bite to eat with more amazing views.
Where can I check in? More about the Hampshire Hotels at the coast.