What to do around Zandvoort?
Zandvoort and area have a lot to offer and as we like to make your Holland experience a perfect one we like to share as much information as we can. More questions? Please don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail!
Travel guide Zandvoort and around, top 10
Travel guide 1. The beaches
Zandvoort beach occupies a strip of about 9 kilometres in length. When it comes to beach fun, there are lots of opportunities for recreation on Zandvoort beach: the most popular is sun bathing, but what about sailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, volleyball, hire a segway and there is even an FKK beach for naturists. Last but not least, the beautiful and good beach restaurants. In winter time also the place to be having a hot chocolate after a nice stroll.
Bloemendaal beach has everything you need for a great day at the beach. It is one of the most popular beach towns in Holland. Especially during the summer, when people travel to this beloved beach resort by car or public transport. A visit to Bloemendaal is one big highlight. The reason for this – the beach! Bloemendaal has some of the best beach pavilions in the Netherlands, which often organize big beach parties. Sometimes the beach pavilions work together to create one amazing party on the beach. Bloemendaal is the Dutch answer to Ibiza.
Dogs on the beaches, click here
Travel guide 2. Kennemerduinen, the most beautiful dunes of Europe just a door step away from our Paradise!
The dunes, the wildlife (rabbits, deer, bizons, wild horses, foxes etc), the peace and tranquility, with great walking routes, well maintained cycle routes, you could not ask for a better place to visit at whatever time of year.
Travel guide 3. The small and charming center of Zandvoort
The town center is historical and has besides two main streets, nice small squares and alleys. Take a scroll and enjoy a nice ice cream, do some shopping, have some nice drinks on one of the terraces, go to a Dutch coffeeshop, the Casino and of course don’t forget your inner part, lots of restaurants to choice from. Tripadvisor recommendations, our personal favorites
Travel guide 4. The circuit parc of Zandvoort
A beautiful racing track through the dunes and next to the beach. Watch the racing from nearby or even participate yourself! And who knows, formule 1 in 2020?
Travel guide 5. Haarlem, the ancient and beautiful capital of Noord-Holland, our guest’s favorite! To be reached within 23 bike minutes through the dunes or 10 train minutes.
With an abundance of historical sights, cultural attractions and hidden gems crammed into a relatively small city, Haarlem truly is a sightseers’ paradise. There’s plenty to keep the visitor entertained, but thanks to its compact size, it’s easy to get a good introduction to the city even if you only have one day to explore it. For the highlights, click here
The top 10 restaurants, can be found here. Though it is Dutch site it gives a good list with hyperlinks to the websites. There is an English list on Tripadvisor as well.
Transfer (one way): € 15,-
The movie below gives a good view of the city.
Travel guide 6. Amsterdam, with world-class museums, quirky festivals, theatre, live music, laid-back bars and delightful restaurants, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Amsterdam!
Approximately 20 train/car minutes from the bungalow. Read all about this beautiful capital on www.iamsterdam.com
Transfer (one way): € 40,-
Travel guide 7. De Zaanse Schans, a unique piece of Dutch history on the river Zaan
The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Make a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational. Plan your visit at De Zaanse Schans on dezaanseschans.nl
Transfer (one way): € 30,-.
Travel guide 8. Alkmaar, famous for its cheese! Alkmaar has the same charme as the city Haarlem (approx. 30 car minutes).
Alkmaar is an ancient and cosy city and has a lot to offer such as: canals, courtyards, museums, beautiful shops and the cheese market.
From early April until the end of September, almost every Friday there is a Cheese Market in Alkmaar, from 10 am till 1 pm at Waagplein. Here you can make the best pictures of cheese, cheese girls and cheese carriers. There are also a number of evening cheese markets.
Travel guide 9. De Keukenhof, the best day out among the flowers! (approx. 20 car minutes)
There are more than 7 million bulbs in bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. An unique and unforgettable experience! Besides the spacious 32 hectares of flowers you can enjoy the spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, unique artwork and wonderful events. Do not miss the Tulpomania exhibition in the Juliana Pavilion. Keukenhof is also one big party for children. They will have a blast with the treasure hunt, petting farm, maze and the playground.
Only opened during bloom bulb season.
Travel guide 10. It’s all about food, food and food. Zandvoort offers all the shops you need (the nearest supermarket is only 2 car minutes away), but we can definately recommend some specialized shops:
Fromagerie l’Amuse, Dokweg 21, 1976 CA IJmuiden, here you will find over 400 different kinds of cheese (approx. 20 car minutes).
Butchery and caterer Bood, Zandvoortselaan 161, 2106 AM Heemstede, here you will find the best meat and fresh meals (approx. 10 car minutes).
Pastry of Huize van Wely, Zandvoortselaan 163, 2106 AM Heemstede, for the sweet lovers the place to be (approx. 10 car minutes).
And one for the road: WELLNESS
Chair and sport massage
Holiday, time to relax! To make your holiday even more relaxing you can have a delightful massage at home. Joost Hogervorst will be pleased to come by. Although the website is in Dutch, the prices will likely be clear and if you like we are pleased to make the booking for you. For more information, www.joosthogervorst.nl .