• Take the train from Amsterdam Central Station to Zandvoort aan Zee. Walk to the city centre, where you can rent bikes you need to cycle the route

  • Cycle along the boulevard to one of the many beach clubs and enjoy a drink.

  • Follow the road along the boulevard and through the dunes. With a bit of luck, you’ll see highland cattle. When you arrive at Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, you can leave your bike at the end and go for a walk to enjoy the distinctive dune landscape of the Dutch coast.

Couple cycling in Bloemendaal dunes Amsterdam Beach Rob Verhagen

  • Visit the Duin & Kruidberg estate, just to have a look at the beautiful building, or to pause for a coffee or lunch

  • On your way back, you will cycle along the ruin of Brederode, a castle from the 13th century, and dune pavilion De Uitkijk, where you are rewarded by a fantastic view across the dunes. Stop for a break at Kraantje Lek before you head back to Zandvoort.

  • Racing enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Circuit Park Zandvoort, nestled amid the dunes. Check their website for details of upcoming Formula 3, motor and Grand Prix events.

  • For something more relaxed, take a short romantic stroll from Zandvoort to Bloemendaal aan Zee for fine cocktails and stunning sea views. Bloemendaal’s lively atmosphere and beachy vibes make it a hotspot for young locals and tourists looking to let loose. Bloemendaal has regular live bands and DJs creating open air parties that go on well into the night. You might find an event at Vroeger or the hippy hangout Woodstock 69.
  • End your day with a cold drink and a perfect sunset in one of the many trendy beach clubs in Bloemendaal or Zandvoort, and spend the night at Qurios, or at one of the many other places.

  • Start off the next day with a refreshing dip in the ocean, or enjoy a stroll along the beach if it is a bit too cold for a swim. 

  • Cycle to IJmuiden, which takes about an hour, or take the train (and a bus, from Haarlem). In IJmuiden, join a Bunker Route walking tour, which takes in a number of impressive bunkers dotted around the dunes (book in advance). In fine weather, pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic along the route. Fancy some thrills? Rent a powerboat/RIB boat through ProRib Events or try SUP or surf lessons at Seaside Sports or Hightide. 

  • Catch your breath and refuel at one the many restaurants along the promenade, or enjoy the sea view at Zilt aan Zee IJmuiden.