Located between the tulip fields and the North Sea beach is Noordwijk, a typical Dutch town. There is plenty of shopping, a wide beach, a strip with bars and clubs attracting youngsters from the whole region, and restaurants ranging from fast-food chains to fine dining establishments. The town is quiet in winter months, but is a very popular summer destination, especially among German tourists. In summer the town can become very busy and crowded as local youth and families occupy the sand and the café terraces, but it manages to maintain a fun and friendly atmosphere. This town is great for those who love people-watching!
If you visit Noordwijk in the spring, hire a bicycle and ride through the tulip fields and the dunes to one of the surrounding small, picturesque villages, spotting cows and windmills on the way. Alternatively, cycle the eight kilometres (or take the bus) to Leiden, where you can visit one of the many museums, row a boat through the canals, wander around to admire the old buildings, have a picnic with the locals in one of the parks, or go partying with the students in one of the many bars. Leiden also has a big train station with connections to Amsterdam (forty minutes), The Hague (fifteen minutes), Utrecht (fifty minutes) and many other major cities. Other activities in Noordwijk include surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, horseback riding, mountain biking -- or visit the spa or the swimming pool. In the summer months, the town hosts various beach parties and holds a fortnightly fireworks show.
Choices for hostels in Noordwijk are quite limited, but you will be very near the beach and the lighthouse and a five-minute walk from the town center with all the shops and a supermarket. Other options for accommodation range from camping fields to one of the many small bed-and-breakfasts to luxury five-star hotels.
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