Noordwijk’s beach is 14 km long. It borders to Katwijk on one side and to Zanvoord on the other. We were there after the summer season and people were walking lots of dogs, flying kites etc. You can also collect small shells in places. The use of the beach is free but there are lots of rules that apply.
When we visited, it was the day of the open monuments. So this church was open to the public. In the first room there is a small organ and they held an art exhibition. In the main church hall there was another organ.
For the Dutch in Noordwijk the beach is a favourite place to relax throughout the entire year. Noordwijk has one of the longest beaches of the Netherlands. Many people love to go for a walk, even on a cold and windy day.
Of course you could go walking also on hot days, but when the sun is out, sunbathing is of course more popular way of spending the day at the sea.
However, it is highly recommended to swim only on incoming tides (flow), never on outgoing tides (ebb). During the summer lifeguards and a rescue service are in operation, and in some areas warning notices are in place, which could save your life.
While you are looking for a nice place to stay for the rest of the day, you might cross a part of the beach, that is reserved for nudists; so don’t be surprised!
There are two official nudist beaches to the north of the village; the first one is situated between beach post numbers 78.000 and 79.000, where also your dog is welcome throughout the year, and the second nudist beach you can find just to the north of 'Langevelder slag'.
At most beaches in The Netherlands topless swimming, walking and sunbathing is allowed and very common.
Space Expo is the first and largest permanent space exhibition in Europe and also the visitors’ centre for the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands.
The Space Train runs at weekends or during school holidays for a visit of the test facilities of satellites. Prior to the launch of almost all equipment that ESA launches is tested here.
There is an information center for the International Space Station, where you can find the latest news about the Space Station.
A visit here is worth first of all for families traveling with children in order to get knowledge on the history of the space exploration.
It concentrates, among others, on the world of satellites, a full-scale model of Hipparcos - High Precision Parallax Collecting Satellite. You can watch what it was like for the first men on the Moon, how astronauts live and work in space, a simulated launch of an Ariane rocket, the test models of European space missions, satellite photos of the main cities of the world, a piece of lunar rock.
A self-guided tour will take 1-2 hours. In the end everybody will receive an astronaut certificate.
Opening hours: 10am till 5pm daily (closed on Mondays). During school holidays also open on Mondays.
Tickets adults € 9,50, children (4-12) €6,00, groups of adults €8,00, groups of children €5,00
It is told Noordwijk got its name by a Benedictine munk whose name was Jeroen van Noordwijk. He build the oldest chapel and was loved all around. It is a shame he died as martyr when he got beheaded after tortured by Norsemen in 856 AD, 17th of August. People returned to the chapel, enlarged the small chapel, and it became a well-known place of pilgrimage with the head of St Jeroen as bizar relic ...
The in gotic-styled St Jeroen Church got legendary around the 16th century because the head of St Jeroen was lost after a big fire in 1450 AD without leaving a trace. People tried to find the head of St Jeroen, however it was never refound. In 1983 a skull was found of a young man, so it wasnot the one of St Jeroen!
I love legends and myth ...
Maybe it looks some odd that the seaside resort has such a beautiful boulevard, and the dunes do seperate the area of beach and ocean from the boulevard. Well, remember the dunes are the protecting fact from entering any huge wave into the low land of the Netherlands ...
So when going for the beach there are very nice paths to reach the famous North Sea. Sorry for this dark photograph which really looks like thunder and storm. Remember the Netherlands got famous, too, for its very huge clouds... *smile*
We stayed at the official Youth Hostel - http://www.stayokay.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Herbergen.showHomeHB&id=26&lng=2
Rooms in the Youth Hostel were good and spacious - there is a bar.
If you are with a Group the Youth Hostel can lay on activities for a fee - we did Scootering and on the beach we did Kite Surfing, Canoeing, White Water Rafting and - err - yes - Sumo Wrestling
Take a nice walk alone the long beach in Noordwijk.
Specially during sunrise and sunset and if the weather allows it, a lot of people are doing that, enjoining the great panorama and the smell of the sea.
For some people 'Space Expo' might be more of a 'Tourist Trap'. For me (after visiting), even I am pretty much of a space enthusiast, it's definitely no more 'The Must See Activity'.
But I put this here anyway.
Space Expo is an exhibition showing history and present of the space exploration - maybe little more children/family travel oriented.
Information about different planets, space vehicles and space in general. Full size Ariane-5(?) rocket boosters, astronaut suites and interiors of Space Lab. Many smaller size models of satellites, shuttle, and space station, etc. And some sort of video/movie presentation.
Propably the most impressive piece of the exhibition is actually outside the building, but not the one in that picture. :)
See my Space Expo travelogue for more pictures.
If you like to stay near stunning coastlines on your (camping) holidays, the Netherlands is an excellent choice of destination. The country has two seaboards to choose from: the North Sea and the Wadden Sea, all with an kind of different climate and a coastline which offers a whole world of possibilities. And particularly if you're one of those people who believe that the beach is not just for lying around. In addition to the great beaches and excellent campsites or apartments at these destinations, there are many attractive coastal towns to choose from for your holidays in the Netherlands. These are ideal places to visit on day trips, and whether you want to enjoy chic sophistication or historical elegance there is sure to be a town that suits your needs.
The coast of the North Sea of the Netherlands stretches from Westkapelle in the south western tip to the most north eastern tip of the coastline of a length of 235 kilometers. It is rich and varied with long sandy beaches, marshlands and beautiful dunes. Right here at the middle of the coastline of the Netherlands you will find Noordwijk aan Zee. Coupled with an unique location, this coastline has long attracted large numbers of overseas and domestic tourists. But most of all, a visit to this region is not complete without having a look at the beach area of Noordwijk aan Zee, because the long and sandy beaches stretching along the coast are a great place for relaxation and water sports. We stayed at an apartment very close to the beach, so for us it was quite common to stay some days at the beach and enjoying the day.
The beach (and probably flowers) is the thing that makes Noordwijk a tourist resort.
This 13 km beach along the coast of the North Sea offers a great place to spend a sunny spring or summer day.
In contrast to sunshine, the wind from the sea can offer you some "nice" aspects of seaside town. Just hold on your hat and/or hair! :)
The boulevard at Noordwijk aan Zee has many awesome build hotels, lots of guesthouses and restaurants.
Also a lot od pubs and snackbars.
After a long walk at the beach or just tanning its great to walk on this boulevard.
You may walk along the promenade or boulevard of Noordwijk. In summertime it is a very wonderful way to enjoy the walk though when stormy weather ... it is gorgeous, too!
It is exciting, it is mysterious, it is even very "Hitchcock" ...
When you get the chance to explore such a dark walk in Noordwijk see some wonderful appartments along the promenade ... maybe you see a prominent tenant, 'cause even Mr. Heineken used to go for a walk or visit here ... ofcourse in summertime all looks more brilliant, sunny and ... gay
Because we stayed at Noordwijk aan Zee for one week during the summer we were able to visit more than just one beach. In our first few days we ended up at the beach close to our apartment, which is without doubt one of the most attractive beaches of the area. From some locals we heard that this particular beach has been regularly voted one of the best places to visit in this particular part of the North Sea coast. But don’t they say that all to the tourists? LOL
Noordwijk aan Zee is a quiet location with low-rise apartments and villas in residential areas in the dunes and along the main road close and towards the beach. The long, sandy beach stretches south to the Buitenwaterring and north towards Van Limburg Stirumkanaal where the typical ‘rocky’ dunes give a bit of a dramatically coastal scenery, which are typical of the area. This means more than 15 kilometers long and around 50 to 75 meters wide. This amazing beach is only a few hundred meters away from the village of Noordwijk aan Zee with easy access from the road and plenty of paid parking spots. Surprisingly for the North Sea, there are some decent waves when the winds are blowing, making it good for surfing, windsurfing or kitesurfing. There is plenty of space for volleyball and other beach games, and you can sign up for boat and diving trips to the some nice spots further up the coast.
The only downside to visiting the beaches at Noordwijk aan Zee is it gets busy at sunny days. This means large traffic jams towards the beaches, but just arrive in time and you will find a parking place for the car and a good spot on the sandy beach anyway. Keep in mind that the parking places are rather expensive indeed. A good alternative is travelling by train. We enjoyed ourselves very much by swimming, writing messages in the sand, have a homemade picnic, threw some frisbee, building sand castles, read some book, did some sun bathing, we looked for seashells, watched the sunset or just did some daydreaming and relaxation. Just an ordinary day at the beach. Of course, the truth of the matter is that going to the beach is usually fun no matter what you do there because you're getting away from real life and enjoying a scenic travel destination. It's just nice to know that there are plenty of things to do besides suntan and swim while you're there!
Finally I can say that there are a few shops, restaurants and bars within easy walking distance of the beach. Right here you can sit under a sunshade and enjoy a nice cold beer, rose wine and a plate of sardines, or you could try the lobster paella. Do keep in mind that the restaurants are on the pricy side …