4b Strandhuisjes op het strand bij zonsondergang fotograaf Emiel Stroev VVV Texel toestemming

10 reasons to visit Texel this summer

The most beautiful beach in Europe, the biggest bird boulevard, the tastiest ice cream and a huge variety of activities; on Texel, you really do get the most out of summer. Still unsure about a visit? We give you ten reasons why you want to experience summer on Texel.

1. Beach bliss

Texel has over 30km of beach, the most hours of sunshine and lots of cosy beach pavilions. All summer long, you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on Texel beach until way after sunset. Did you know that The Guardian named Texel beach 'The most beautiful beach in Europe'?

2. Summer means ice cream

On Texel, you can treat yourself to ice cream at Ice-Cream Farm Labora. On the farm, ice is made from fresh milk and cream from our own cows. Novalishoeve makes organic ice creams from the milk of their own cows. You can buy delicious ice cream from Ans' mobile ice cream cart. Her speciality is sheep's milk buckthorn ice cream. For ice cream made from sheep's milk from sheep farm the Waddel, visit Emmies ijs. The ice cream is available in several flavours and is made between May and September.Read all about Texel ice cream.

3. Spectacular nature

Texel has the biggest bird boulevard in Europe, a fabulous birdwatching spot; the largest spoonbill colony in the Netherlands; and millions of wild orchids, including very rare species. Join the forester on a guided walk and discover nature!

4. Water-sports paradise

In the summer, Texel is a water-sports paradise, with windsurfing, kitesurfing, surf kayaking and supping on the North Sea side and Waddenzee coast of the island. Surfing is possible at the North Sea side.

5. Seal watching

From early summer onwards, you can visit the baby seals at Ecomare. These seal pups have lost their mums and orphaned pups like these are rescued and rehabilitated by Ecomare. Once they are big enough to survive in the wild, they are released back into the sea.

6. Mudflat walking

Mudflat walking is an amazing experience! Together with a guide, you will explore the seabed at low tide, while enjoying panoramic views, screeching seagulls and the plant and animal life in the saltwater environment around you. Mudflat excursions can be booked via Ecomare, among other places.

7. Sailing

Want to take to the water? On Texel, you can choose from many different boat trips. You can go seal watching, shrimp fishing, speed on a speedboat, take a trip to Vlieland and more.

8. Visit a beachcombing museum

Lonely shoes, messages in bottles and lost swimming trunks … At Schipbreuk- en Juttersmuseum Flora you can see with your own eyes all the kinds of crazy things that wash up on Texel beach. Also see the new TESO pavilion, complete with the renovated wheelhouse of former ferry the Schulpengat: a very comprehensive and attractive multimedia family exhibition.

9. Texel BBQ

The meat on Texel is of excellent quality. Have you not tasted the lamb yet? In the summer, that also tastes very good from the barbecue. Tip: try the recipe for lamb chops from the BBQ. Did you know that you can also barbecue on Texel at the public barbecue area in De Dennen? In case of persistent drought and heat, a smoking and open fire ban may be imposed.

10. Plenty of activities on the program

In the Texel Agenda you can already take a look at the program for this summer. Fun events, spectacular activities, special exhibitions and interesting tours: Texel has a lot to do every day this summer!

Ready to enjoy summer? Have a quick look to see what accommodation is still available.

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