Where is Texel? Texel is a Dutch island in the North Sea, separated from the mainland by the Wadden Sea. It is the largest, most populated and westernmost of the Frisian archipelago, which extends to Denmark.
How to get to Texel? By ferry from the port of Den Helder. The crossing takes about twenty minutes, cars are accepted. A train connects Den Helder to Amsterdam Central Station in 1 hour 15 minutes. Bus 33 which is just outside the station on arrival in Den Helder then goes to the port in 10 minutes. The schedules of the boats are mainly set on those of the trains. Long live flawless organization!
How to get around the island All vehicles are allowed on the island. With more than 135 km of cycle paths (accessible to bicycles and scooters), we discover sites not accessible by car with some quite amusing thematic routes: the Tasty Tour for gourmets, the Geheimen route for those who want to discover hidden corners from Texel or the Jan Wolkers route that follows in the footsteps of the Dutch writer, who loved the island. If you don’t have your own means of transport, no worries. There are many rental companies on the island right out of the ferry with the possibility of dropping them off at your place of residence.
Where to sleep and eat? We avoid the center of the village of De Koog, a seaside resort where fast food, souvenir shops and tasteless brasseries accumulate. The surroundings of De Koog are however pleasant with quick access to the large beach. The village of Den Burg is the liveliest with its main square, its garden and shopping streets. The other villages on the island are smaller and almost without shops. Some nice addresses spotted (but not all tested!):
Buytenplaats< em>, large villas for rent in the center of the island
Vakantiehuis Heidehof, a large villa near Den Hoorn
Op Oost , boutique hotel offering ten rooms and a very good restaurant
Just Texel, some suites in Den Burg
Landhuis Noorderhaecks, studio, lofts, suites and apartments in the south
Texel suites, 3 suites in the village of Oudeschild
BOSQ, a casual gastro in Den Horn
Lokaal 16, for lunch healthy in Den Burg, terrace in the patio
Verwennerij Bij Jef, l island star
Het Schoutenhuys</a >, the typical brewery in the village of Den Burg
The book to take in your suitcase? The sulfurous Turkish Delight by Jan Wolkers, adapted into a film in 1974 by Paul Verhoeven.
The song to include in your playlist? Here But I’m Gone by Curtis Mayfield.
And especially where to drink your Spritz? At < em>Gastro Pavillion XV, on the beach at Paal 15. A very pleasant beach restaurant with large terrace and cozy lounge with fireplace inside for the colder end of the day.