Texel is the biggest of the Wadden Islands of the Netherlands. Take a bike ride along the bright yellow flower fields during the spring, hike in the National Park Dunes of Texel or visit Ecomare and see seals and porpoises from up close. The island is a paradise for bird lovers; an experienced bird watcher can spot 100 species of birds in one day.
De Cocksdorp is the newest town on the island. Located in the north, the most popular sight is the 34 metre high lighthouse ‘de Eierland’. Make sure you take a ride on the authentic Texel horse tram.
De Koog is the coastal town of Texel and is located in the west, directly next to the North Sea. An important attraction of this town is Ecomare: a nature museum and seal sanctuary.
Den Burg is the biggest settlement and also the capital of the island. Den Burg is a lively place, with a public pool, a cinema and a lot of shops.
Den Hoorn is the southern-most village. During spring, the flower fields are bright yellow, thanks to the blooming daffodils - take your camera.
Make sure you pay a visit to the National Park Dunes of Texel. This area of exquisite natural beauty covers almost the whole west side of the island. You will find countless bike and walking routes, of which the Sommeltjespad is very popular with kids. This route was named after the Sommeltjes - kind, mythical creatures from fairytales. Another great part of the park is the Slufter: an area with broad dune valleys, where sea water pours in during high tide.
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