If there's one word that perfectly describes the beaches of Vlieland, it's 'enchanting'. Situated in the Wadden Sea, Vlieland is the smallest of the inhabited Dutch Wadden Islands, yet it offers one of the most remarkable beach experiences in the country. With nearly 17 kilometers of golden sandy beaches stretching along the island's northern coast, there is always a perfect spot to relax, enjoy, and explore.
The most popular beaches are Badhuys and Stortemelk. During the summer, these beaches may be relatively more crowded, but there is always plenty of space for everyone, especially if you walk a few dozen meters further.
Here are some of the most beautiful beaches you can find on Vlieland:
The Badhuys beach is the most popular beach on the island, located on the northern side. It is easily accessible via the Badweg and a perfect choice for families and visitors seeking a fun day by the sea. This bathing beach is spacious, offering plenty of room for sunbathing, swimming, building sandcastles, or simply enjoying the ocean views. It is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months. Adjacent to the beach is the beach pavilion Het Badhuys, a perfect spot to sit and enjoy a meal or a drink while overlooking the sea.
The Stortemelk beach is a more rugged stretch of coastline on the northern coast of Vlieland. It is especially popular among nature and space enthusiasts, as it is less crowded than the Badhuys beach. It can be reached via the path starting from the Kampweg. In the immediate vicinity of this beach is Camping Stortemelk, one of the most beloved camping sites on the island due to its proximity to the sea and dunes.
The Havenstrand is a small beach located on the southern side of Vlieland, right next to the island's harbor. This beach is easily accessible from the village via the Havenweg. It is an excellent spot for those who prefer to stay close to the village. The sand here is soft, and the waters are relatively calm, making it a good place to relax and enjoy the view of the Wadden Sea. Next to the beach, there is a small playground for children, and you will also find some benches where you can sit and appreciate the view. Along the Havenweg, there are several dining establishments. The Havenstrand offers a great view of the incoming and outgoing ferries and other maritime traffic, making it an intriguing spot for both children and adults.
On the western side of the island lies the Vliehors, also known as the 'Sahara of the North'. This 24 km2 sand plain is the largest of its kind in Europe. The impressive vistas make you feel like you are in a completely different world. The best way to explore the Vliehors is by taking an excursion with the Vliehors Expres.
It is important to note that the Vliehors also serves as a military training area. On weekends, it is possible to walk on this immense sand plain, but be warned, there are no marked hiking trails. Expect nothing but sand and a continuous wind.
For those seeking ultimate tranquility on the beach, a bike ride of approximately 4 kilometers southwest is highly recommended. This picturesque route takes you through the dunes and beautiful nature of Vlieland. At the end of this journey, you will reach the serene Posthuys beach. At the 'Pad van Twintig' beach entrance, located at 'paal 45', you can enjoy an almost deserted beach throughout the year. This stretch of coastline is a true oasis of peace and beauty, a perfect place to escape the everyday hustle and bustle.
A Paradise for Nature Enthusiasts
The beaches of Vlieland are not only perfect for sunbathing and swimming, but they also offer plenty of opportunities to discover the rich flora and fauna of the island. From the numerous bird species that inhabit the dunes and beach plains to the seals regularly spotted along the coastline - nature enthusiasts will never be bored here.
Whether you enjoy active beach days filled with swimming and water sports or quiet afternoons of walking and birdwatching, the beaches of Vlieland have something for everyone. Come and experience the incomparable charm of these beautiful Wadden Island beaches - you won't regret it!
The beaches, with showers to rinse of the salt seawater, will be cleaned everyday. Besides the rescue brigade will guard the beaches and warns when there is a dangerous current or wind; a pleasant and safe feeling.
A sunbath or a walk along the beach, playing fun or water sports. The very well maintained, white beaches of will offer you peace and quietness. Optimum facilities will tribute to the comfort and with that the holiday pleasure of the guests. It starts with accessible beach crossings and parking places. Then there are the lifeguards and the rescue brigade whom watch over the well being of the guests, with a First aid post nearby. Furthermore the many cafes, terraces and restaurants near the beach will take care of the needs for serving drinks and snacks or lunch and diner.
On the beaches you will find flags and signs with instructions for swimming. It is wise to take account of these signals. They are there for you!
- Guarded beach zone
- Child found
- Dangerous sea
- Watersports allowed
- Swimming prohibited
- Floating Bodies prohibited
The beach is the ideal destination for many dogs to enjoy. A Frisbee, a stick or a ball can fetch give great pleasure. And what is more fun than making a beach walk with your dog? However, on various beaches are dogs, loose or on a leash, not allowed all year.
- At low tide there is a strong current towards the sea, than stay close to shore. In case you get pulled in by the current do not try to swim straight against it, but swim slanting to the shore with the current. Also be aware of floating devices like air-beds, boats or other swimming devices.
- Do not get to close to the poles, piers or other obstacles.
- Watch your children carefully, do not let them alone near the water. Are there recognition signs on the beach, tell it to your children.
- Help to keep the beaches clean.