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The Pearls of Zandvoort

Zandvoort is a picturesque seaside resort on the Dutch coast. Relax on the wide North Sea beach, stroll through the vast dunes and enjoy a terrace. Sample fresh fish dishes and iconic Dutch delicacies, such as mussels or shrimp croquettes. Browse the quaint shopping streets and pick up a nice souvenir for home. With its burgundian atmosphere, beautiful nature and kilometre-long beach, Zandvoort is more than worth a visit!


A Day of Beach Fun in Zandvoort

Zandvoort's vast beach invites for a relaxing day. Start with a walk on the fine sand and through the surf of the North Sea. Build a sandcastle, search for shells or venture into windsurfing, skimboarding or kitesurfing.

Around noon, it is time for a snack and drink at one of the many beach bars. Enjoy a fish, a sandwich or a plateau fruits de mer. Or go for a refreshing ice cream at Giraudi, a delicious burger or enjoy a cocktail with a sea view.

In the afternoon, there is entertainment for young and old. Hire a supboard, jet ski or fat bike, join a game of beach volleyball, or go banana boating with the kids. Surf lovers can rent lessons and boards from the surf clubs.

At sunset, the peace and quiet of the beach picks up. Dress warmly, slap on a blanket and fill a picnic basket for a romantic dinner on the sand. Or end the day with drinks at one of the atmospherically lit beach bars. So your day in Zandvoort will end relaxed and fulfilled.

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walking in the dunes Zandvoort

Walking in Zandvoort: from beach to dunes

Zandvoort lends itself perfectly to walks. Walk along the tide line on the kilometres of sandy beach and smell the fresh sea air. Or put on your walking shoes and explore the dunes and nature reserves just outside the city.

In Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, you will find beautiful hiking trails through dune valleys, along fens and through dense coniferous forests. Along the way you can spot roe deer and other animals. The paths take you past beautiful viewpoints on the coast.

For a more urban stroll, stroll through Zandvoort's old town. Admire the nicely decorated gables and alleys or take a seat on a terrace. The shopping streets are a great place to browse for Zandvoort souvenirs.

In short, whether you are looking for a relaxing or active walk, you will always find a route to your liking in Zandvoort. Nature, the sea and the town lend themselves perfectly to inspiring discovery walks for young and old. Put on your walking shoes and get on!


Explore Zandvoort by bicycle

Cycling is an excellent way to explore Zandvoort and its surroundings. Rent a comfortable bike and explore the seaside resort and the beautiful nature around it.

A popular route is through Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. You cycle past lakes, through dense pine forests and over rolling dunes with sea views. Along the way, you can pause for a picnic or a refreshing dip in the sea.

The cosy village centre with its cosy streets, courtyards and shops is also worth exploring by bike. Stop regularly for a coffee on a terrace or to admire the shop windows.

Children will also enjoy a bike ride along the promenade, with an ice cream or a visit to a playground along the way. If necessary, hire a cargo bike or tandem.

In short, whether you are looking for a sporty or relaxed ride, Zandvoort lends itself perfectly to a day of cycling. Don't forget to bring your camera, as the coast and hinterland look stunning from the saddle!

Cycling in zandvoort
South-Kennemerland National Park

the natural beauty of Zuid-Kennemerland National Park

Right next to Zandvoort is the vast Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. This nature reserve of over 38 square kilometres is a true paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The park offers a varied landscape of dunes, forests, moors and fens. There are several signposted walking and cycling routes so you can fully explore this area. Along the way, you can spot various wild animals such as deer, foxes and a wide variety of birds.

Special residents of the park are the Scottish Highlanders and European bison. You can observe these impressive animals on a safari tour by car or on foot. Guided excursions are also possible.

In short, Zuid-Kennemerland National Park offers plenty of opportunities for a fun and educational day out. Be sure to take a look to enjoy the beautiful, often unspoilt nature near the coast.

food & beverage

Enjoy at Thalassa Beach Pavilion

The lively Beach Pavilion Thalassa in Zandvoort is the hotspot for fine dining with a sea view. This trendy pavilion is right on the beach and has something for everyone.

Fans of fresh fish and seafood will have plenty to enjoy at the extensive seafood bar. Think succulent oysters, fresh sushi and delicious prawns. Or opt for one of the salads with smoked salmon or a fresh fish of the day.

For a more casual bite, there are sandwiches, satays and various burgers. The kitchen also serves various salads, pastas and small dishes that are perfect for a quick lunch.

In the evening, the pavilion slides open its large windows so you can dine with the sound of the sea in the background. Enjoy the setting sun while sipping a glass of wine. So a visit to Beach Pavilion Thalassa is always a feast for the eyes and tongue!

Beach pavilion Thalassa
Kennemer G&CC

Play a round of golf at Kennemer G&CC

Golfers beware! Just a 10-minute drive from our hotel is the challenging golf course of Kennemer Golf & Country Club. This 27-hole course is known as one of the most beautiful and best in the Netherlands.

The golf course is beautifully situated among the dunes with panoramic sea views. The course has undulating fairways, fast greens and strategically placed bunkers and water features. A round of golf here is therefore a real pleasure.

We will be happy to help you book a start time and arrange rental clubs and golf balls if required. We can also transport you to and from the course. So all you have to do is make a nice swing and enjoy this beautiful course.

Do you have a maximum handicap of 24? Then definitely play a round at Kennemer G&CC for a top golfing experience in Zandvoort!


Visit the iconic Circuit Zandvoort

Racing enthusiasts can indulge themselves at Circuit Zandvoort, just a 10-minute drive from our hotel. This world-famous racing circuit with its characteristic bowl corners guarantees world-class motor sport.

Racing has taken place at Circuit Zandvoort since 1948. The track has a length of 4.5 kilometres and features several fast and technical corner sections. The famous Tarzanbocht and Hugenholtzbocht are lightning fast and produce spectacular images. The circuit's location among the dunes creates a unique atmosphere.

Be sure to visit the circuit museum to learn all about the rich history of the legendary races at Zandvoort. Or book an exclusive gridwalk to walk around the circuit with your own eyes. We will also be happy to help you book tickets for one of the exciting autocross or motor race weekends.

In short, a visit to Circuit Zandvoort is a must for any motorsport enthusiast! Experience for yourself the unique atmosphere and adrenaline of this iconic racing circuit.

sandvoord circuit

picturesque Haarlem for culture and conviviality

Historic Haarlem is definitely worth a visit during your holiday in Zandvoort. Just a 15-minute drive away, this charming city is full of cultural highlights and conviviality. What should you definitely not miss in Haarlem?

Stroll along the imposing Grand Place in the middle of the city. Savour the atmosphere on this lovely square surrounded by beautiful historical buildings. On Mondays and Saturdays, you will find a nice market with flowers, cheese and other delicacies.

Art lovers should definitely visit the Frans Hals Museum. It houses masterpieces by the famous Haarlem painter Frans Hals and other Dutch masters from the Golden Age.

The Gothic St Bavo church from the 15th century is also a must-see. Especially admire the impressive Müller organ and the rich collection of stained-glass windows.

For a relaxing and original outing, take a cruise on Haarlem's canals and under its historic bridges. This way, you will experience the city from the water.

In short, the perfect mix of culture, history and cosiness makes a visit to Haarlem very worthwhile!


Amsterdam's top attractions

A trip to Amsterdam should definitely not be missed during your holiday in Zandvoort. The dynamic capital is just a half-hour drive away and is a veritable treasure trove of culture, history and vibrancy. Amsterdam is home to world-famous museums, picturesque canals, trendy hotspots and a diverse range of shops. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of the must-see sights in Amsterdam.

The city exudes history and culture from every pore. From the impressive Rijksmuseum to the poignant Anne Frank House, Amsterdam's cultural wealth is truly impressive. Get carried away by the captivating stories and masterpieces the city has to offer.


The Van Gogh Museum

A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a must. This world-famous museum houses the largest collection of paintings by 19th-century artist Vincent Van Gogh. Admire his world-famous works such as Sunflowers, Starry Night and Potato Eaters here. Paintings by contemporaries such as Gauguin and Monet also hang in the museum. Be sure to plan enough time to see all the highlights and experience the atmospheric architecture.


The Van Gogh Museum

The impressive Rijksmuseum

At the majestic Rijksmuseum, you will walk through centuries of Dutch culture and history. Masterpieces like The Night Watch by Rembrandt and The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer are not to be missed. Also, the Golden Age rooms with their colourful interiors give a wonderful time picture of our country in the 17th century. Take your time to take in all the details of the masterpieces.


The impressive Rijksmuseum

A visit to the Anne Frank House

One of the most impressive museums is undoubtedly the Anne Frank House. Here you can see for yourself the famous Secret Annexe, where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for years. An audio tour takes you into Anne's life. Temporary exhibitions also give context to her life and diary. A visit to the Anne Frank House is confrontational but gives a powerful picture of this black page in history.


The Anne Frank House

The canals from the water

A visit to Amsterdam is not complete until you have also seen the canals from the water. So be sure to take a canal cruise. As the boat slowly glides along, you will pass under the picturesque bridges and see the most beautiful buildings and churches up close. A guide on board will tell you fascinating stories about the history of the canals and buildings. This way, you will experience Amsterdam from a different perspective.


Amsterdam canals

The oasis of calm: the Vondelpark

In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, you will find a green oasis of calm: the Vondelpark. With its 48 hectares, this park is a popular place to unwind amidst all the impressions of the city. Bring a refreshing picnic and soak up the sun on a lawn. Or hire a boat for a romantic trip on the water. In summer, festivals and concerts are held here. In short, Vondelpark offers entertainment and relaxation for young and old.


Vondelpark Amsterdam
fun facts

Here are 10 fun facts about Zandvoort

1. Zandvoort has almost the widest beach in the Netherlands. In some places it is as much as 120 metres wide!

2. Zandvoort's oldest beach club, Pavillion, has been around since 1891. So you can come here for a snack and drink with a sea view for more than 130 years.

3. Circuit Zandvoort has been the venue for car races in the Netherlands since 1948. Formula 1 heroes such as Niki Lauda and James Hunt have driven here.

4. Zandvoort's Art Deco-style water tower was built in 1957 and is a well-known landmark. The tower is 35 metres high.

 5. Zandvoort has its own drinking water catchment area in the dunes. Here 180 million litres of drinking water are extracted every year.

6. The Zandvoort Rescue Brigade was founded in 1891, making it one of the oldest in the Netherlands. They have been guarding the Zandvoort coast for more than 125 years.

7. The Zuid-Kennemerland National Park adjacent to Zandvoort is no less than 3,800 hectares with beautiful nature.

Zandvoort and its beach and centre are car-free. So you can enjoy walking and cycling along the promenade.

9. At 240 years old, Zandvoortselaan is one of the oldest avenue structures in the Netherlands and is listed.

10. Zandvoort has had a Casino where you can play, eat and watch shows since the 19th century.

Frequently asked questions

Still have questions?

By train, you can get to Zandvoort aan Zee station in no time from Amsterdam. There are direct intercity trains every day. Zandvoort is also easily accessible by car via the A9 and A5 motorways. Park your car in one of the large car parks near the centre.

Zandvoort's main attractions are its kilometres of wide sandy beach, its cosy promenade full of nice restaurants and terraces, its vast dunes and the neighbouring Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. Be sure to take a look at the iconic 1957 red-and-white striped Water Tower and Circuit Zandvoort, the venue for race days such as Formula 1. The atmospheric shopping streets, fish market and various museums such as the Circus Museum are also well worth a visit.

From 1 May to 1 October, dogs are unfortunately not allowed to run loose on Zandvoort beach. This is because of swimming safety. Dogs must be kept on a leash on the beach during this period. Outside the high season, in the months of April and October, dogs are allowed to run free on the beach. In the evening after 19:00, dogs are also allowed to run loose on the beach during the summer period. Always pay close attention to the signs at the beach entrances with the exact rules and times.

In Zandvoort, you have plenty of choice of active and quiet activities. Rent a bike or suprail, for example, and explore the seaside resort, dunes and picturesque villages in the area. Or go swimming, sunbathing or walking on the beach. For active people, there is plenty of choice of water sports such as surfing, kite surfing, supping and rafting. Exciting race days regularly take place on and around the Zandvoort racing circuit. Or visit the cosy fish market, shopping streets and museums for more culture.

The cosy shopping streets of the centre mainly offer small specialty shops for clothes, jewellery, books, art and souvenirs. You will also find some supermarkets and fish stalls for fresh fish. In terms of restaurants, there is plenty of choice from cosy eateries, beach bars for a bite with a sea view, fish restaurants for fresh catch and international cuisines. The promenade and Kerkstraat are the places to eat and shop.

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