Friesland, the province in the north of Holland, boasts many lakes perfect for water sports, beautiful natural landscapes, and countless historic cities. In short, the perfect ingredients for a wonderful summer holiday destination.
- Check out the 600 monuments in the cultural capital of Leeuwarden.
- Enjoy water sports on one of the many Frisian lakes.
- Cycle past the cities of the famous Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour)!
Wonderful cities, polders and lakes; Friesland is fantastic in summer. Cycle through the beautiful landscapes, enjoy water sports on the countless lakes and Wadden Sea, and visit one of the many lovely Frisian cities, such as Leeuwarden.
Water sports in Friesland
The numerous linked lakes are unique to Friesland and can be found nowhere else in Europe. The Sneekermeer, the Tjeukemeer, the Slotermeer or the Fluessen; you can spend hours sailing, swimming, kite surfing, water skiing or simply sunbathing. There are also plenty of summer festivals that take place here, often revolving around sailing competitions or other water sports, making Friesland even more of a highlight in the summer months.
The Frisian cities
The Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour), the world’s most famous ice skating event, demonstrates that Friesland boasts countless beautiful cities. From Bolsward and Harlingen to Leeuwarden and Hindeloopen, they are all centuries old cities with beautiful historic buildings and a great atmosphere. You will definitely love visiting several of these towns.
Leeuwarden Cultural Capital
In 2018, Leeuwarden will be the Cultural Capital of Europe! And with reason, Leeuwarden is not just a cultural city with beautiful buildings and over 600 monuments; it is also a very pleasant town to spend time! During the day, shop lovers can shop to their heart’s content in the Kleine Kerkstraat. After that, there are many welcoming pubs and restaurants to regain energy, so that you (or the children) can enjoy the sparkling nightlife in the evening.