HOLIDAYS IN FRIESLAND

FUN ON THE WATER, AND PRETTY TOWNS TO EXPLORE.

Big skies, compact and cosy cities and outdoor-loving by nature, Friesland is where the Netherlands lets off steam and recharges its spirits. If you’re looking for characterful towns, soft sands and acres of pristine coastal forests and cycle trails: you’ve just found your new favourite destination.

It’s a relatively hidden corner of the Netherlands too, so don’t expect big crowds on the beach, even on the sunniest of days (of which there are plenty). Think more small-town bustle in the region’s colourful resorts and villages, and lots of opportunities to hike, sail, horse-ride or cycle through its patchwork of idyllic countryside.

REASONS TO VISIT

Friesland Aquazoo
AquaZoo Friesland Nature Park
Sailing in Friesland
Water sports capital of Sneek
Museums in Friesland
World-famous Museums

REGION HIGHLIGHTS

Our favourites? The UNESCO protected nature reserves of the Wadden Islands, the cultural thrum of Leeuwarden, alive with activities all summer, and the richly characterful tiny town of Sloten, ringed by canals. Well, this is the Netherlands after all.

Wadden Islands, Friesland, Netherlands

Wadden Islands

Take a boat trip to these islands to see some of nature’s best work: spectacular dunes and beaches, with rich waters which attract seals and migrating birds.
Lemmer, Friesland, Netherlands

Lemmer

This fishing town is one of the livelier resorts in Friesland, with a sandy beach, plenty of watersports, and the Woudagemaal Steam Pumping Museum.
AquaZoo Friesland, Netherlands

AquaZoo Leeuwarden

This wildlife park is home to 88 different species, and gives visitors a chance to see polar bears, penguins and seals up close.