Hit the beach in Holland

Sandy shores and sunbathers may not be the first things that spring to mind when you think of Haarlem, but a short distance away from the canals of Haarlem city centre lies one of the most unspoilt coastlines in Northern Europe. Summer months see the towns of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal buzz with throngs of party goers and sun-worshippers who come to enjoy themselves at the many vibrant beach clubs, which range from chic restaurants to colourful bohemian bars with DJs and campfires.

Sun, sea and surfing near Amsterdam

The Haarlem coast is also a haven of wind water sports, and thrill seekers flock from far and wide to enjoy everything from kite surfing to blokarting on the vast expanses of sand and sea. You can find out more about the sports on offer at Haarlem beach in this wind water sports top five. Away from the shore you’ll find even more ways to get active in the protected dunes, which are a haven for nature lovers and offer the perfect terrain for an invigoratingbike ride or hike through the ever-changing landscape.

Haarlem Beach
City of Zandvoort

Haarlem Beach