Local Area Texel
Duinpark De Robbenjager is in an area where plenty to do is for the active and sportive holiday maker. For those looking to relax or nature lovers, you too will feel right at home at the Northern most part of Texel Island. The North Sea and beaches are right outside your door as are the dunes and the National Park with its hiking & cycling routes.
Texel has more than 30 kilometers of white sandy beaches along its Northern coast. Each stretch of beach has its own character. The sprawling beach along the lighthouse is particularly suited to the active types, where one can enjoy buggy sailing, kite surfing, surfing and kiting. At marker 33, there are sea canoes and catamarans for hire. The Wadden coast begins just the other side of the lighthouse. Here you will find various small and quaint beaches.
The 150 year old lighthouse is a Texel’s icon and its history has been a turbulent and restless one. Throughout the years Eierland Lighthouse has played an important role in spectacular rescues as well as in tracking down smugglers and scavengers. The lighthouse now houses a museum. The climb to the top is well worth the effort, because the view is nothing short of magnificent.
Duinpark De Robbenjager is located in the National Park Dunes of Texel. This unique nature reserve, encompassing the entire Dune and wooded area enjoy protected status. “The areas “De Slufter”, “de Muy”, “de Horspolder”, and “de Nederlanden”, are areas of particular environmental interest, and are home to hundreds of rare plant and animal species. The area has an extensive network of trails for hiking, cycling and horse riding. The wooded area has various open fields for play as well as a designated barbecue area.
Texel numbers seven villages. The youngest village is “De Cocksdorp”, originates from 1835 and grew from the harbour where the “Roggesloot” flows into the “Eierlandsche Gat”, (Eierlands inlet). Its original name was changed only after a few short months from “Nieuwdorp” to “De Cocksdorp”, named after N.J. de Cock, who initiated the land reclamation of Eierland. “De Cocksdorp” has a relaxed holiday atmosphere about it. The village serves as a hub for the larger holiday and camping parks in the area. There are many restaurants and pubs as well as a supermarket. In the summer months on Thursdays, there is the “Durpermarkt”, which local dialect for village market.
Travel back in time in Oosterend. The Medieval “Maartenskerk” is the ceremonious centre of this nostalgic village. Splendid monumental houses and idyllic shops give the village its charm. Oosterend has long been home to farmers and fishermen alike. Hint: “de Leitjesroute”, (writing slate) take you through all of Oosterend’s nicest spots. Maps are available in the village.
De Koog is Texel’s beach resort. The touristic centre is a vast array of restaurants, pubs and shops. For those who enjoy the night life, De Koog is the place to be. The village proper and the beach is separated by the dunes. Its name comes from “de Cooghen”, small patches of reclaimed land connected by small dikes. Once a fishing village, De Koog now has tourism to thank as its major source of income.
The smallest of Texel’s villages is De Waal. Centrally located on the island and built on clay boulder. It is home to some 400 people. Although there are no shops, there are two hotels and one exceptional restaurant. The Cultural Historical Museum on the “Hogereind” is a favorite amongst tourists. In this authentic old farmhouse, one can have a taste of life on Texel from times long since gone. Each year there are new expositions.
Approximately half of the nearly 14,000 inhabitants of Texel live in Den Burg. Certain essential facilities such as local government, the tourist office, a cinema and an outdoor pool are here. The inviting centre of town offers terraces and an extensive number of shops. There are also dozens of monumental houses as well as several churches well worth a visit. In one of the oldest buildings in Den Burg you will find the “Oudheidkamer”, or Antiquities Chamber, an intriguing museum and in its courtyard, the smallest spice garden in Holland.
Oudeschild is home to the fleet of Texel’s fishermen. In particular, the tourists tend to find the old port particularly charming. It is inviting and always lively. Oudeschild was founded in the first part of the 17th century with a few houses at the end of what is known as the “Skilsloot”. Through this narrow waterway, the ships of the VOC anchored off of Texel, were supplied their drinking water before setting sail. The village’s glorious past can be relived in the “Kaap Skil” museum.
Den Hoorn is home to the most photographed piece of Texel: the church with the white tower. Especially in spring, when the surrounding tulip fields are blooming, this makes for a wonderful portrait. The village also is home to a large number of artists and in June forms a bustling middle point of the island wide art manifestation “Lange Juni”, (Long June). Den Hoorn was once primarily wharfs and whaling pilots. Among others, the “Walvisvaardershuisje” which is open to the public, is a remnant.
Day trip to Vlieland
See what the neighbors are doing? Go spend the day in Vlieland. Take the “Waddenveer” (Wadden ferry), “De Vriendschap” in the summer for a daytrip to the neighboring island. This adventure starts at the ticket booth at the “Volharding”, near maker 33, and takes you over the changing wad to the sandflats of “De Vliehors”, also known as the Sahara of the north. With the “Vliehors Express you travel over the sand flats back to civilization. Late in afternoon the boot returns to Texel.
Golf Course “De Texelse”
Golf Course “De Texelse” offers a challenge to all golfer regardless of experience. The 18-hole course plays through the dunes with water obstacles and large greens. The course has an unrefined character expected from a course in the dunes, with the wind as an added variable. For those still learning the game there is a 9-hole par 3 course. The golf course open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. At the “Hanenhuus” there are eats and drinks. Lessons are available at the golfing school. Green fees are discounted 30% at the reception.