Your holiday actually begins the moment you step on the boat. The crossing from Den Helder to Texel takes only half an hour and with a little bit of luck you will see the seals sunbathing on the sandbanks in the distance. Texel is the largest of the Frisian Islands and offers pure diversity. The island has seven villages, each exuding its own atmosphere and surrounded by nature. A lot of nature... from the lively atmosphere of the villages you simply walk into the peace and quiet of nature. Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel (Dunes of Texel National Park) takes up a quarter of the island. Here you will find a wide variety of birds and extraordinary plants.
When you think of Texel you automatically think of sheep. Did you know there are just as many sheep as people on Texel? What a sight when, in the spring, all the lambs romp happily in the meadow! With 30 kilometres of snowy white sand beaches, this is a nice place to be all year round. Take a pleasant walk along the endless beaches or lazy around on your beach lounger with the sound of the sea in the background.
Did you miss the seals when you were on the boat? In Ecomare, the seal sanctuary in De Koog, you can see seals and porpoises. Also the big aquarium and its inhabitants are worth a visit. Besides Ecomare, there are plenty of other sights on the island. Visit the Schipbreuk- en Juttersmuseum (shipwreck and beachcombers’ museum) or climb the famous red lighthouse of Texel in De Cocksdorp. On a clear day, you can even see the island of Vlieland.
There are lots of active things to do on Texel. Biking, hiking, walking across the mud flats and golfing are just a few examples. Do you want even more action? At the Paracentrum Texel, you can take various courses, specialist training programmes and tandem jumps. Now you can also tick off the parachute jump from your bucket list.
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