What’s there to do in Zandvoort?
Zandvoort aan Zee has a lot to offer visitors. Beautiful hiking trails, an extensive network of cycle paths, the largest playground in Europe, the bustling capital, which is only 20 minutes away by train and of course, culture! Being a coastal town that is centrally located and also has its own train station, it is very easy to find your way to cities like Haarlem, Amsterdam, The Hague, Leiden etc, in only minutes!
Zandvoort aan Zee is also a resort that attracts a lot of sports lovers. Visitors can go for walks on the beach, hike or go for bike rides in the National Park Zuid-Kennemerland and is also a paradise for water sports enthusiasts.
1. Relax on the beach and just enjoy the sun or go for a long beach walk
Chilling on the Zandvoort beach is a favourite pastime among the Dutch and tourists who visit the resort. There are lots of restaurants serving wonderful dishes, tasty cocktails and delicious snacks. If you want to be a bit more active, go for a long, refreshing beach walk. If the weather allows it, get your shoes off and dip your feet in the water!
2. Go hiking on the Zandvoort beach or woods
Walking is very popular in Zandvoort aan Zee. Whether you go for a walk through the woods or just on the beach, the experience remains unforgettable. There are hikes with professional guides who know the area. It’s also possible to go hiking on your own.
3. Go cycling in the wonderful nature
Cycling in Zandvoort aan Zee and surroundings is something every visitor must do! Cycling and enjoying the beautiful nature, along the elongated boulevard or just in the dunes all remain a thing of beauty. Bicycle rentals in Zandvoort is possible but another option could be to rent bikes in Haarlem and cycle from Haarlem to Zandvoort. The bike rental services in Zandvoort have lots of cycling maps and other various packages for cyclists. If you happen to be an adrenaline junkie, Zandvoort aan Zee also has an exceptional mountain bike trail. Along the circuit of Zandvoort and through the dunes with hills, steps and all kinds of other challenges. I hope you’re one of those who dares!
4. Visit the Zandvoort race circuit
Inseparable from the Zandvoort beach resort is the Zandvoort Race Circuit. A legendary and internationally famous circuit with a history that goes back more than 70 years. Every year, dozens of events take place to attract tens of thousands of fans. In addition to various spectacular national motorsport events, the calendar also features international highlights such as the Deutsche Toerenwagen Masters (DTM) and the Masters of Formula 3. Visitors are also offered a chance to follow driving courses and learn about drifting or “defensive driving”. There’s the Slipcourse Compact, which offers valuable knowledge such as assessing risks and responding correctly to unexpected situations while driving. For example, think of hard braking in the rain, taking a turn too hard or moving to snow. All these maneuvers can be annoying if you do not know what to do. It costs €119,- p.p. and takes about 3 hours. There are only two people allowed in a car and booking is based only on availability.
5. Go surfing
Perhaps not always the ideal place to find the best waves, but Amsterdam beaches still remain easily accessible for surfers from different parts of the world. Zandvoort is one of those Amsterdam beaches where surfers love to visit and surf away their worries. In the summer, the beach always seems to be crowded, but low season tends to be the best time with good waves for surfing. There are also lots of surfings schools, shops and surfboard rental services both in Zandvoort and in nearby Bloemendaal. Tourists always enjoy the wonderful atmosphere that comes with surfing and other beach sports during the summer in Zandvoort.
Apart from surfing, there’s also horse riding, beach volleyball, rafting, canoeing, swimming, etc.
6. Visit the nude beach
Although it is not widely advertised, Zandvoort has a 3 km long nudist beach on the south side of town. Nude recreation is allowed between posts 68 and 71. The area is clearly signposted. On busy beach days, naked is recreated well before the official start of the nudist beach. At the beginning of the nude beach there are 5 beach pavilions and being naked on the beach is only allowed on the terrace of the beach pavilion named “Adam and Eve”. Beach beds can also be rented at the beach pavilions at affordable prices.