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Nature in Zandvoort

Zandvoort is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The town of Zandvoort aan Zee is surrounded by magnificent nature.

On the northern edge of the town is the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, and to the south the sand dunes of the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen.

These are areas of unique nature in Zandvoort aan Zee, but the beaches of Zandvoort are of course another not-to-be-forgotten gem.

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Nature in unique areas
Nature in Zandvoort aan Zee is therefore present in the unique nature areas. Did you know that a visit to any of these areas is likely to be crowned by a meeting with a deer or fox? Or that you can walk in these areas for hours without seeing another soul? Allow yourself to be immersed in the sounds of nature that surround you. Enjoy this unique experience. These nature areas are visited by a wide range of birds, insects and amphibians. Why not join them in Zandvoort’s natural environment?
Zuid-Kennemerland National Park
Nature in Zandvoort aan Zee means a rich variety of flora and fauna. A huge variety of plants have made their home in the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. The dune tops are for example inhabited by Corsican and Austrian pines, and there are other biotopes including the dune lakes ’t Wed, Vogelmeer, Spartelmeer and Oosterplas. The wind has created so-called parabolic dunes, making these natural features themselves ‘living beings’. The Kennemer dunes are home to foxes, deer and rabbits and there are several varieties of bat that sleep and hibernate in the old bunkers left behind after World War Two. To ensure a sound balance of nature, cattle, sheep and horses were released into the area, several years ago. At the same time, the nature areas around Zandvoort are the ideal location for wetland plants including parnassia, centaury and orchids.

The Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen sand dunes
Nature in Zandvoort is not all about following the beaten track. In the sand dunes of the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen you can leave the marked-out paths and enjoy the freedom of nature, rest and relaxation, in other words, unrestricted enjoyment. What attractions are you likely to come across in the natural environment of Zandvoort aan Zee? To start with, there is a varied landscape and a unique collection of plants and animals. There are plant varieties here that occur almost nowhere else in the Netherlands and the dunes are home to more than 1,000 different varieties of toadstool. Nowhere else in the Netherlands are so many species to be found! The fauna is varied too: rodents are represented by rabbits as well as various members of the weasel family. This area is ideal for walkers, but is not open to cyclists. Are you a nature lover? Then make the most of the nature on offer in Zandvoort aan zee.
Walking and cycling routes
This is just a small selection of what the nature areas around Zandvoort aan Zee have to offer; there are many exciting local residents who will help you enjoy a fabulous day out surrounded by nature. Are you interested in discovering the natural environment of Zandvoort? Try out one of the many walking or cycling routes laid out for your enjoyment. Why not read all about the nature areas. Any walking or cycling tour of Zandvoort is sure to be interspersed with plenty of oohs and ahs ….
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  • Preferred participant Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen dunes Here you can enjoy nature, peace and space, and there is no reason to strictly stick to the paths. In other words, you can literally stroll through nature, as you please. Unfortunately you are not all…
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  • Preferred participant Zuid-Kennemerland National Park The variation in vegetation is very broad leading to a wealth of flora and fauna. Alongside numerous foxes, deer and rabbits, the Kennemerdunen dunes are home to many species of birds, insects and amp…
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  • Preferred participant The beach of Zandvoort let us not forget that Zandvoort has another magnificent natural area in the form of its beach. We of course visit the beach to sunbathe, but in other seasons, too, the beach is a great place to be…
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