Every time, we find ourselves in a new country, we hope to find something we would both love. We love hidden places, which are not often on tourists radars and if we manage to find that in a very popular country for traveling, everything gets even more special.
Holland has been popular among travelers for years and when we’d decided to visit a little known Texel Islands, lots of locals were surprised and asked us why Texel? Oh my, how amazed they were, when we told them the main reasons are some nice photos we have seen on the web and the fact that we had no idea about Texel before traveling to Holland.
As soon as we reached the Texel Island, we knew it was one of the best decisions made during our Holland roadtrip. The Texel Island did not just positively surprised us – we were absolutely stunned when exploring it.
Why you should visit the Texel Island?
- Stunning nature
Driving around the Texel Island showed us extreme and diverse beauty – long sandy beaches, lavishing forests, hilly countryside covered with heather, pastures with sheep. A true paradise for nature lovers.
- Cycling paths
We were traveling around the Texel Island by car, but the island is perfect for cycling. It has lots of cycling paths, where cars have no access and in general, the island has little traffic. It seems most of its visitors come to the Texel Island by car with their bikes and explore it on two wheels.
The Texel Island gets lots of wind, what makes it perfect for kite-surfing too. One of the most popular beaches for kite-surfing is Paal 9. (Coordinates: 53.01.15.3 / 004.42.42.3)
You might be surprised, but this small Texel Island has their own beer and brewery. The brewery was closed when we wanted to visit it, but it could be nice to do some tasting, so check it out. (Coordinates: 53.02.39.5 / 004.49.41.5)
- The capital Den Burg
We put a shine on the capital Den Burg. The town is so cute we did not want to leave. The town center offers numerous pubs, cafés and restaurants, with the local feel. It is nice to wander around, visiting shops, selling traditional island products, which based on sheep. Just note that if you’ll be visiting the town by car, the parking does not come cheap – it costs 4,70€/2 hours. (Coordinates: 53.03.24.3 / 004.47.54.5)
- Picturesque lighthouse
One of our favorite sights on the Texel Island was its red lighthouse. It literally looks like being from a cartoon movie – absolutely gorgeous, so don’t even think of skipping it when visiting the Texel Island. (Coordinates: 220.127.116.11 / 004.51.09.6)
- Perfect for kids
Even though the island gets lots of wind, it is still perfect for kids. There is lots to do, so pack few toys suitable for sandy beaches and you are ready to go. We also loved the fact, that each town has a nice playground. Our favourite playground was in a sailing town of Oudeschild (Coordinates for free parking: 53.02.39.7 / 004.51.17.8). Dads will love the playground also for the BBQ place, when mums will be happy about the complimentary toilet in the building nearby, which kids can use. Also the town itself is cute just to wander around – lots of cafés and shops. There’s even a small windmill museum.
If your kids like animals, you might want to take them to a pony ride park. It looked like a very popular place among families. (Coordinates: 53.05.21.3 / 004.45.51.4)
Practical travel tips for the Texel Island
Ferry: You can reach the Texel Island from Den Helder town by a 30 minutes ferry ride. (Coordinates: 18.104.22.168 / 004.46.41.0). The return trip by ferry for a car and two adults was 37€. If you have few hours to spend, we would highly recommend you to stop at the maritime museum in Den Helder.
Accommodations: The Texel Island is very popular among local tourists as a summer destination, so there’s plenty of hotels and camping sites. But be aware, that during high season (July and August) campsites might be full, so booking in advance is advisable. We did not have any bookings, but after few full camping places, we finally found one. We settled in a small family run camping place called De Hoek, only few minutes’ drive from the famous red lighthouse. The camping cost us 20,40€ for a car and 2 people. (Camping coordinates: 22.214.171.124 / 004.51.36.8) If camping is not your thing, check out hotels here.
Shopping for groceries: The best option for grocery shopping is Lidl grocery shop. The prices are good and it is well stocked. (Coordinates: 53.05.57.0 / 004.45.50.4)
Typical souvenirs: You will see many sheep pastures here, so you will not miss if buying a sheep connected souvenir. I liked many things, but because I needed to look at our budget, we went for warm winter socks at the end.
Best time for a visit: Holland might not be known for the best weather, as it can change from sun to rain in few minutes, so the best time to visit the Texel Island would be summer. But being surrounded by this diverse nature, it must be beautiful also during spring and autumn – especially if you’re lucky with the weather.