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Julianadorp aan Zee: a royal resort

Julianadorp consists of two districts, the main district of Julianadorp and the seaside resort of Julianadorp aan Zee, located by the North Sea. Julianadorp is well known for its lovely sandy beaches and the nearby dunes and tulip fields. However, you can also go for a cup of coffee with apple cake in the lively town centre of Julianadorp.

  • Julianadorp was named after Queen Juliana.
  • Tulips, narcissus, hyacinths and lilies bloom around Julianadorp.
  • The district of Julianadorp lies behind the dunes, and Julianadorp aan Zee directly by the sea.

A royal resort

The district of Julianadorp, located on the North Holland North Sea coast and accessible from the north-east via the Afsluitdijk, was made an independent village in 1909. The Crown Princess, Juliana, who later became Queen, entered the world in that exact same year, and the village was named after her there and then. Julianadorp is also a part of the community of Den Helder, the centre of which is only 8 km away from Julianadorp. Over time, Julianadorp has developed from a small village into a seaside resort in great demand. A major bonus is the long, white sandy beach, which attracts holidaymakers all year round. There are places to stay in all categories, at all types of prices - from a holiday home on the beach to a chalet in a holiday park.

What can you do in Julianadorp?

Visit the coastal city of Den Helder with its famous Naval Museum. You can't miss the three imposing museum ships, including a real submarine. There are also model ships, weapons, uniforms and various works of art to see in the Naval Museum.

Fancy an island? From Den Helder, you can take a ferry to the lovely North Sea island of Texel. You'll be there in only 20 minutes, and can explore dunes, forests, nature reserves and the 30 km long beach by bicycle.

You can also visit the neighbouring coastal town of Callantsoog with its long, white sandy beach and the surrounding nature reserves. Golfers will love the Dirkshorn golf course. The challenging 18-hole golf course (par 72) lies in the centre of the typical North Holland polder landscape. When you're on holiday in Julianadorp, take the opportunity to try new kinds of watersports.

Other things to see and do near Julianadorp

It's world-famous and can even be seen from space; The 32 km long Afsluitdijk (Closure Dyke) separates the Wadden Sea from Lake Ijssel and connects the provinces of North Holland and Friesland. A journey across this gigantic structure, which acts as protection against floods, is a very special experience.

In Julianadorp's neighbouring town, Anna Paulowna, the Landgoed Hoenderdaell can be found in a 64 ha nature reserve. An untouched, typically Dutch landscape which is perfectly suited for walking. Afterwards, you can enjoy coffee and cake in a wonderful thatched house, before moving on to an extraordinary sight: the lions and tigers in the wildlife park.

Not far from Julianadorp, you can also find the Poldertuin Anna Paulowna in Anna Paulowna, which – like the Keukenhof – transforms into a sea of hyacinths, narcissus and tulips in the spring.

There's a really special sight just a stone's throw away from Julianadorp: the Fort Kijkduin in Huisduinen, a fortification from Napoleon's time. The building houses a historical museum, as well as a North Sea aquarium with a 12 m long tunnel.

From the underwater world to the beach: Julianadorp aan Zee is surrounded by lovely beaches with enticing restaurants, where you can enjoy a coffee or lunch in the sunshine. Between the North Sea beach and hinterland, the Dutch dunes invite you to come for long walks and cycling tours.

Trips in the surrounding area

Julianadorp has a fantastic location on the coast, which means it also has trips to the sea to offer; if you're travelling south, you'll first encounter the coastal town of Bergen aan Zee, and then Egmond aan Zee. Both places are very popular with swimmers, as they possess long sandy beaches and lovely beach pavilions. Zandvoort also has a wonderful beach, and has a racetrack available as well. If you're heading inland, you'll stumble upon the idyllic, typically Dutch town of Haarlem.

Another very rewarding activity is a trip from Julianadorp to Hoorn, 50 km away. The pretty little town by Lake Ijssel boasts a long history steeped in tradition. Tip: Take a trip back in time with the historic steam train from Hoorn to Medemblik and Enkhuizen.

Holidays in Julianadorp

Near Julianadorp, you can marvel at the endless fields Flower fields of tulips in full bloom in the spring. Or discover around 2000 different varieties of flowers in the Floratuin. In summer, Julianadorp invites you to come and enjoy its beach life and watersports opportunities. In autumn, the dunes will entice you to go on walks and cycling tours. In short, Julianadorp is an ideal destination at any time of the year.

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