Zandvoort City Guide


If you want a long stretch of an immaculately beautiful, blue sea, Zandvoort is your place to be. This Northern Holland prime spot is Dutch’s finest coastal charm next to Scheveningen. It is 24 kilometers west of Amsterdam and 7 kilometers west of Haarlem. The lovely pristine beaches, fresh ocean breeze, and different local landscapes (including amazing coastal dunes) never fail to attract visitors of the village whenever the weather allows them to indulge. It is also the hub of the country’s most recognized racing circuit, the Circuit Park Zandvoort built in 1948. This city was called Sandevoerde in the 1100s. Its name means sand and ford. The then village was dependent on fishing until it started to develop into a seaside resort in the 19th century. This was after similar towns in the United Kingdom were thriving successfully in the same area. Modern-day Zandvoort doesn’t only have hotels and guesthouses now. It also has caravan and camping sites that accommodate travelers from all over the country (especially Amsterdamers) and even abroad. There are about 60 restaurants in the town that you could choose from. Some are located in the pavilions by the beach while some are in the center. All of them offer local cuisines, while most of them boast of their international specialties too. Ice cream parlors are also a hit in here. You can even find ice cream tractors running through the beach where people enjoying the sun could match the heat with some cool dessert. Cafes and bars could also be easily located. Beach cafes with lively music and atmosphere are usually jam-packed and are open until the wee hours of the morning. Circuit Zandvoort – The first Dutch car race actually happened in 1939 on an improvised track. Due to safety issues, the need for a self-contained circuit became obvious which led to what it is now. In 1941, the racing community bought a dune land measuring 112 hectares, about 4 kilometers long, where the earthen route was laid . Several years after that, the surface was hardened due to the addition of war rubble, and hardened even more when it was asphalted in 1948. Nature Reserve and Dunes – The dunes along the country’s coast are said to serve two purposes: as nature reserves and as protection against the strong waves. They are also very popular among walkers and cyclists. They do not only enjoy the vastness of a natural exercise ground, they also delight in the sight of birds inhabiting these areas. To date, there are at least 200 different species dwelling here. Kite flying – This is relatively a new sport in Zandvoort. It started in the late 90s. The better term is actually kite surfing because inflatable kites are used in this sport, which are able to lift off easily into the air after crashing on either the wet sand or the water. Kite surfing festivals are also held here every year and the kite schools in many Dutch towns are the main organizers and patrons of the said festivals. Others -- Other recreation in Zandvoort include hang gliding, beach volleyball, and casino. Zandvoort has its own train system and they run until midnight. In downtown, buses travel along the seafront boulevards, but, visitors may also want to try one of the tuk tuks (the same as Thailand’s tuk tuk) for fun and experience in traveling short distances.

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Scheveningen
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The Hague
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Valkenburg