As per usual, a vivid cabin fever kept haunting me over the last few weeks so I decided it was time for a trip again. I felt an urge to find places, beaches and oceans that swallow me whole and heal my wanderlust in a way that nothing else can.
Easter seemed the perfect opportunity for a getaway. I decided to go the Netherlands. Just a few hours drive from my hometown and bustling with friendly people and places adorned with beautiful coastlines, it seemed the perfect fit for my trip. My journey took me to Egmond an Zee, Alkmaar and also Bergen aan Zee. Here are my top things to see or do in these places:
1. Egmond aan Zee
Take a walk along the beach and stop for a bite to eat or a chocomel at the beach pavilion De Tropen. If you’re looking for a place to stay, go check out Hotel Zuiderduin or Hotel Golfzang (don’t miss out on having dinner at their restaurant Chica’s).
Only a 15 minute drive from Egmond aan Zee, Alkmaar feels like a smaller version of Amsterdam with its Grachten and very unique Dutch atmosphere. If you’re looking for a place to shop, go check out Sissy Boy. Whenever you feel like taking a break, sit outside at Anne & Max and have one of their famous coffees!
3. Bergen aan Zee
I didn’t get a chance to see much of Bergen aan Zee but what definitely stuck with me is the Strandpaviljoen Noord, a place to sit and have coffee and food by the beach. The interior is just the BEST and it’s hella cozy in there! And there Dutch fries are pure deliciousness!