Texel has around 40 spectacular nature reserves each of which can be explored on foot or by bike. Come an discover this special corner of the Netherlands for yourself!
As soon as you set foot on Texel, a National Park awaits. From the ferry terminal in the south, there is an uninterrupted belt of dunes along the 30-kilometre long island’s west coast, culminating in its northernmost tip where the lighthouse is situated. Whether you like walking, cycling or birdwatching, or you prefer to explore by mountain-bike or perhaps in your running shoes, Texel’s eclectic mix of nature reserves offers a magnificent backdrop against which to enjoy the island’s scenery. On the east side of the island, Natuurmonumenten manages many bird sanctuaries such as Utopia and Wagejot, which you can take a nice trip along by bike. For a forest walk you can go to De Dennen or the newer Krimbos.
The map of Texel provides an excellent overview of locations for all nature reserves. The map is available at VVV Texel.
A large sandy plain and a beautiful dune area where you can see young dunes forming. De Hors is a unique nature reserve on Texel!
The Slufter is a unique nature reserve open to the North Sea. Special plants grow there and you will find many birds.
De Dennen: now a wonderful recreation area on Texel, but once planted for logging. Read here about cycling and walking routes through the Dennenbos.
Between De Koog and De Slufter lies nature reserve De Muy. The area consists of dunes, an elongated plain, meadows and a small forest: Warship.
Close to De Waal, in the middle of Texel, lies nature reserve Waalenburg. A beautiful area full of unusual plants and breeding meadow birds.
The valley between the rows of dunes, De Geul, is the perfect place for bird watching. Choose one of the many marked routes and enjoy nature!
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