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The Essential Guide to Noordwijk

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Living it Up in Noordwijk: Your Insider's Guide to Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Discover the Best Recreational Activities, Connect with Friendly Locals, and Experience the Charm of the City.

Welcome to Noordwijk! If you're planning to move to Noordwijk, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Noordwijk has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Noordwijk.

Noordwijk, a coastal town in the Netherlands, is a charming destination with a variety of attractions for both tourists and locals. The town's most prominent feature is its beautiful sandy beach, which stretches for 13 kilometers and is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and beach sports. The beach is also home to a number of beach clubs and restaurants where visitors can enjoy a meal or a drink with a view of the sea.

Another major attraction in Noordwijk is the Space Expo, Europe's first permanent space exhibition. Here, visitors can learn about space travel, see real spacecraft, and even experience what it's like to walk on the moon. The town is also home to the Museum Noordwijk, which showcases the history and culture of the region, and the Noordwijkse Golf Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the Netherlands.

For nature lovers, the Noordwijkse Duinen and the Hollands Duin are must-visit destinations. These nature reserves offer beautiful landscapes and a variety of flora and fauna, making them perfect for hiking and bird watching. The Keukenhof, one of the world's largest flower gardens, is also located nearby and is a major draw for tourists, especially in the spring when the tulips are in bloom.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Noordwijk is vibrant and diverse, with something to suit every taste. One of the most popular restaurants in the town is De Zeemeeuw, which is located right on the beach and offers stunning sea views along with a menu of fresh seafood and traditional Dutch dishes. Another favorite is Het Pannekoekenhuisje, which serves up a variety of delicious pancakes in a cozy, family-friendly setting.

For a more upscale dining experience, visitors can head to Restaurant Latour, a Michelin-starred restaurant known for its innovative French cuisine and extensive wine list. The Grand Café 't Elfde Gebod is a popular spot for drinks, with a wide selection of beers and a lively atmosphere. For those looking to dance the night away, Club 19 is a trendy nightclub that regularly hosts DJs and live music.

Recreational activities in Noordwijk are largely centered around the town's natural beauty. The beach is a hub for water sports, with opportunities for surfing, kiteboarding, and paddleboarding. Several companies, such as Bries Noordwijk and Surf School Noordwijk, offer equipment rentals and lessons for beginners.

Hiking and cycling are also popular activities, with numerous trails winding through the dunes and forests surrounding the town. The Noordwijkse Duinen and the Hollands Duin are particularly popular spots for these activities. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, horseback riding along the beach or through the countryside is another enjoyable way to take in the scenery. Local stables such as Manege De Boender and Stal Jasper offer horse riding lessons and guided tours.

Finally, golfing enthusiasts will want to pay a visit to the Noordwijkse Golf Club, which boasts a challenging 18-hole course and beautiful sea views. The club also has a driving range and offers golf lessons for players of all levels.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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