a fun place for adults and children alike. there are open tanks allowing folks to see the marine mammals close up and you have the option to watch the seals be fed at 2 different times during the course of the day.
- Family Travel
Wad-walking from point to point is not possible on Texel, but there are wad-excursions. The wad bottom that has fallen dry may seem barren, but it is crawling with life. During this nature excursion you will discover what takes place under your feet. Applications at EcoMare, tel. 0222-317741.
Between De Koog and De Waal lies the old polder, which is rich in birds, Waal and Burg, which is partially owned by the Vereniging Natuurmonumenten (Dutch Association for Nature Preservation). The unfertilised pastures of this part of the area are flooded in the Winter. If it does not freeze up, it makes it an ideal spot for all kinds of water birds. During frosty periods, Waal and Burg becomes the domain of the inhabitants of Texel; the shallow waters rapidly become suitable for ice-skaters.
Drijvers Vogelweid De Bol is situated near the windmill of Het Noorden and is also a low unfertilised grazing area. An interesting area for bird-watchers, which also houses special flora. Orchids and campions can be found in abundance.
De Schorren is a salt marsh area on the outside of the dyke on the Waddenzee, with characteristic salt-loving plants, which is flooded very rarely. The area is protected from the sea with little dams of posts and wicker.
- Hiking and Walking
- Water Sports
There is an active diving club, which also welcomes guests and/or tourists.
Diving club Texel
C.P. van Heerwaarden, telephone 0222-314719
Wind-surfing off the island is permitted outside of the guarded parts of the beach, which are clearly indicated and at Dijksmanshuizen on the eastside of the island. Due to the dangerous current, surfing is not permitted at the beaches between posts 31 to 33.
Catamaran-sailing is permitted off beach posts 12, 15, 17 and 33. There are sailing schools located at posts 15 and 33
and clubs that have their own motorised lifeboats.
- Water Sports
1 of the 5 Waddenislands.
My kids an me have been to Oosterend on the island Texel some years ago. We stayed at an appartment on farmers ground, great!
Near to the North Sea, although it was february we enjoyed this stay very much.
Oosterend with it's characteristical architecture is photographer's delight.
It might be small but its complete with pubs, restaurants, a supermarket and a pancake house.
There are no hotelsbut it has a bungalowpark.
Most inhabitants are tied-in with the fishing industry; most ship-owners are living in the village.
Schorrenweg 40 - 42
1794 HH Oosterend Holland
tel. +31 (0)222 31 82 95
fax. +31 (0)222 31 81 31
- Water Sports
- Hiking and Walking
Oudeshild harbour offers a couple of shrimp boat excursions.
The thing is, I just love being on a boat, so that fact that it was a shrimp boat (although I love shrimp) was not the main motivating factor.
The wind, rocking boat, and fresh air was all wonderful... and in addition, we got to see
seals laying in the sun on a sand dune, watched the whole trawling and shrimp sorting process, and saw a huge and wonderful trail of seagulls following the boat.
It was very funny to see the other people on the boat flocking around the cooked shrimp. It reminded me a bit of seagulls ... :P
ABOUT SHEEP AND DUVETS......
There are 16.000 sheep on TEXEL, farmers ' sheppards keep them fot the lambs' meat, the fleece and the skin.
Motoring, cycling or walking over TEXEL you will see them huddled together in their flower-meadows.
The loveliest scenes can be seen in spring when day after day lambs are born!
At 'DE TEXELSE WOLONDERNEMING" you can see how the wool is used to make DUVETS and special MATRESSSES: very interesting.
THE REAL TEXELER DUVETS ARE MADE HERE AND ONLY HERE....
A SPECIAL MUSEUM.....
BEACH COMBER MR. maarten Boon has a special museum: his barn is filled from bottom to ceiling with THOUSANDS and more TREASURES he found while BEACH COMBING.....
Very attractive to have a look around here and.. as you can see in the photo: the villages are all (7) so atmospheric and worthy of your visit......have a 4,50 euro TEXELTICKET and every bus will take you there.....all day long!
GO FISHING...WITH THE TX 35....
Fishing shrimps and...watching SEALS....
an 2 hours' adventure with the TX35 from the harbour of OUDESCHILD.
The ship goes daily, also on Sundays at about 10.30 AM and 2 PM. When there is low tide in the evening there is another trip at 4.30 PM.......
Your hosts will be Johan & Anneke Hutjes and I am sure you will enjoy this experience....
WINE SHOP / LIQUOR SHOP DE WIT
A LEGEND: Kees Boon was an old beachcomber and on a stormy morning, end 19th Century he went out to the beach to find.....a shipwrecked sailor who was, oh wonder, still alive.
He took the poor man on his shoulders and went to his little hut.
There he looked after the man with great care who happened to have a flask with a lovely drink in his pocket. In combination with Kees' good care it seemed to work wonders because the sailor recovered and Kees too, loved the drink which was sort of ELIXIR, EAU DE VIE...
After some time the sailor could go on, back to where he was from: SWEDEN but as a token of THANKS he gave Kees the recipe of the drink.
The local inn keeper was willing to try to experiment a bit and see, he managed to create a fine drink....
Soon "Kees Boontje" was a very populair drink and it was available only in Kees' village.
In 1988 the recipe went to the WINE SHOP / LIQUOR SHOP de Wit and now EVERYONE CAN BUY this cordial.....and it is a nice thing to take home AS A SOUVENIR.............
TEXELSE AMBACHTELIJKE CHOCOLATIER LOOYER
HERE you can buy HANDMADE chocolates, and man, are they SPECIAL.
I have to admit that I myself don't like chocolate but I have seen people mouthwatering walking and working here...
Yes, working because here Mr. Looyer gives courses HOW TO MAKE THE MOST DELICIOUS CHOCOLATES so....you can learn here yourself HOW to do so.....
The shop is open: DAILY from 9AM - 5PM and for the course: give them a call and book, this is your chance....
THE SUBTROPISCH ZWEMPARADIJS....
Here is a lot of fun to have: a lovely subtropic swimming pool, a sauna, midgetgolf and tenniscourts!
CALLUNA is a fantastic place especially when it is a rainy day: here the water is always warm, the atmosphere pleasant and people feel happy!!
Very worthwhile going here.....
PLAY GOLF..... AT GOLFBAAN DE TEXELSE...
GOLF....who doesn't play golf...???
where are no GOLF COURSES / LINKS ???
Golf is a dynamic sport for young and old, wherever you are.
THE TEXELSE is one of the 5 LINKS COURSES we have in THE NETHERLANDS.
These are places where NATURE has formed dunes and in between these san dunes are valleys with soft, fresg grass and....yes, they form an ideal place to play golf...
De TEXELSE has a 9 hole PAR 3 course to practice (large greens, bunkers, water and there is also a place for professional DRIVING RANGE and a 9 hole PAR 72 linkscourse.
And where would one be without A GOLF SCHOOL? WITH 2 professionals to help us??
There are arrangements you can book....
DE NOORDKROON SCHAPENBOERDERIJ TEXEL
WANT TO STROKE A NEW-BORN LAMB??
want to smell the fresh hay?
want to feel the greasy sheepskin, the fleece?
want to learn how to spin wool?
Discover everything you can about sheep and sheepproducts...
You can also meet the herd of GOATS (which give milk for very fine cheese etc..)
Come and have a look here at this special farm: you are very welcome and afterwards you will know what and how it is to have a sheep and goat farm.....and about the farmer and his family.
UNIQUE SCENIC AREAS....
The island of TEXEL lies just over an hour's drive to the north of Amsterdam.
It is the largest of the 5 Dutch WADDEN islands and the most easyly accessible.
The ferry leaves den Helder every hour and the crossing takes just 20 minutes.
It is an island of great diversity; wonderful natural surroundings, culture and history and it is also great for cycling, walking, wild water canoeing, shopping in the picturesque villages and eating out in charming restaurants: see RESTAURANT TIPS...
There are 5 MUSEUMS, 120 km. bicycle path and so much more to enjoy during your stay and.....don't forget the PARACENTRUM TEXEL for a flight, a double jump or STATIC LINE JUMPS AND SKYDIVING....see TIP
THE MARITIEM & JUTTERS MUSEUM...
The MARITIME & BEACHCOMBING MUSEUM.
The history of Texel is indissolubly connected with the sea.
From the early beginning the sea used to be friend and enemy: the sea gave food and income, but at the same time it was the sea threatening the land and taking the lives of fishermen and sailors.
In the Maritime & Beachcombing Museum one may see, hear, taste and experience how people handled the sea and all this supported by exhibitions, stories, activities and demonstrations that are entertaining and unforgettable: history brought to life!
The Museum is the Ideal Stranding for people of all ages.
In several buildings surrounding the open air exhibitions, the collection of the museum can be seen. All sorts of objects and paintings from the early days up to now. A lice-comb emerged from the Waddenzee, a beautiful copper-studded model of a ship, musket bullets retrieved from a fort, a wooden fishing boat dated 1894 and last but not least the gigantric and unique model of the TEXEL ROADS on which hundreds of models and thousands of sailors are to be seen.
A thematic view of the turbulent history of the island and its surrounding seas.
BEACH COMBING: when the westwind turns into storm the beachcomber will be out on the beach, looking for anything of interest.
Preferably at dawn or dusk, so that he himself can't be seen, because no one is allowed to leave the beach with jetsam! Beachcombing is prohibited and the beach-masteer is always on duty!!
But...the islanders have been beachcombing for centuries and there are juicy stories about their adventures.
COME AND LISTEN TO THE BEACHCOMBER!!
There is a shop and a restaurant!!
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