Officially Texel is not part of Friesland, but it does belong to the Wadden Sea Islands however. It is indeed the largest of the five islands! Want to know what to do on Texel?
Texel is the largest island of the Wadden Sea islands. The island belongs to the province of North Holland and is accessible from Den Helder the most northern place in North Holland. The island has about 13.000 inhabitants and most of them work in agriculture. The capital of the island is Den Burg, located in the middle of the island.
A nice attraction on the island is the Aviation & War Museum. You can find it at Texels airport. Also Ecomare is an interesting and fun place to see. As in Pieterburen, seals are collected here that come from the North Sea and the Wadden Sea. When they are fixed up again, they are placed back into the sea again. Ecomare also serves as a seabird shelter.
Of course the lighthouse of Texel is worthwhile visiting too. This lighthouse is partly open to the public since 2009. The lighthouse called Eierland is situated at the northern tip of the island and is almost 35 meters high.
Texel has beautiful nature and is very suitable for hiking or biking. There are 57 bicycle nodes on the island and 140 kilometers of cycling paths. Incredible nice routes along the Wadden Sea and over the dike are to be seen. They lead you through beautiful villages and country side. Along the way you will find plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can catch you breath again. All routes are clearly marked by signs, so you will not easily get lost. You didn’t bring your own bike? No problem Texel has lots of bike rental companies.
Would you like to go for a walk on the island? Then follow the Sommeltjespad for instance. A trail of 1,5 kilometers where you will learn everything about a famous Texel legend, Sommeltje. Also for children this is a really nice route to walk. Besides this, there are many other beautiful places on the island to go hiking. You can also go horseback riding on the beach, just as kite and blow karting.
A holiday on Texel is an excellent idea! There are many campsites and holiday parks to find on the island where you can stay with your caravan, camper or tent. Prefer to rent something? Thats no problem. The campsites and holiday parks have a wide range of holiday homes, chalets and mobile homes. Besides that, you can also find many private holiday homes, apartments and chalets that can be rented. Rather stay in a hotel or Bed & Breakfast? This is also possible on Texel. You will find many nice hotels and some of them are even situated directly on the beach!
The famous Horizon tour comes to Texel each year. These days are characterized by lots of theater and live music on the island. In additions, every year the Round of Texel takes place here. The biggest catamaran race in the world. This race is very spectacular to see.
There are also many events on the island where music and dance are hot . Want to know everything about the culture of the island? Come to the Cultural Month in June. Every three years in August the Texel Airshow takes place at a village called The Cocksdorp. During this event historical and contemporary military and civilian aircrafts on the ground and in the air are to be admired.
The restaurants on Texel present their best dishes at Texel Culinary, a yearly event in September. Taste the treats that are very well known on the island accompanied with local drinks. You will not come to Texel in September but in another month? Also than you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at one of the many restaurants that can be found on the island. While having your snack and drink you can enjoy the beautiful view on the beach.View the accommodation options