Situated in the province of North Holland, Netherlands, Zanvoort is one of the major beach resort towns in the country. Home to a long sandy beach, bordered by coastal dunes, Zandvoort is a popular destination among locals as well as tourists; mainly...more
Situated in the province of North Holland, Netherlands, Zanvoort is one of the major beach resort towns in the country. Home to a long sandy beach, bordered by coastal dunes, Zandvoort is a popular destination among locals as well as tourists; mainly due to its closeness to the city of Amsterdam. Muslim visitors may find it difficult to locate Muslim-friendly facilities in Zandvoort as there are no known mosques in Zandvoort and there are only a few restaurants serving Halal food in Zandvoort.
As mentioned above the city is renowned for its beaches and is a popular destination among tourists wanting to experience and enjoy activities such as swimming, surfing and sailing. For those not interested in water sports the beautiful beach; which stretches out for 9 kilometres, is a great place to walk or cycle, or just relax and watch the beautiful sunset. Muslim visitors may want to steer clear of the southern part of the beach as it is a naturist beach stretching two and a half kilometers.
Although the beach is the city’s main attraction the Circuit Park is a main draw as well. Numerous individuals come to Zandvoort for the racing. It is the most popular motor sport race track in The Netherlands, along Zandvoort Beach. Many come to the city, for the weekend to watch the numerous races held at the tracks.
For those interested in nature there are two nature reserves along the coast with dunes. Zuid-Kennemerland National Park and the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen Dunes are definite must-visit nature reserves when in Zandvoort. Visitors can find plenty of paths for hiking, walking and cycling here. The dunes also make it the perfect place to enjoy some bird watching as the reserve is known to be home to over 200 varieties of birds.
Those wanting to learn a little history of the area; which was once a fisherman’s village, a visit to the Zandvoort Museum may be a great way to do so. The city also houses another museum named the Jutters Museum, which is also popular among tourists.
While in Zandvoort, visitors may want to pay a visit to the nearby city of Haarlem. The city is known widely for its cultural heritage and is a great day excursion while in Zandvoort. Popular landmarks of the city of Zandvoort are the octagon shaped water tank and the Zandvoort Passage.
Zandvoort is also a great place to enjoy some retail therapy, as the town center houses several streets filled with shops housing a range of items like antiques, jewelry, clothing, kites and more. Kerkstreet is the main street that provides the best shopping in the city.
The closest major airport to the city of Zandvoort is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is located approximately 23 kilometres from the center of Zandvoort. Tourists can use the train, bus or a taxi to get to their destination from the airport. Another major airport visitors could use is Rotterdam The Hague Airport located about 69 kilometres from the center of Zandvoort.
Muslim visitors will be able to locate a few restaurants serving Halal cuisine in Zandvoort. Restaurant Evi, Krua Surin, Le Grand Pre, Restaurant MMX are a few known Halal restaurants in Zandvoort. Muslim diners should however ascertain the Halal status of the restaurant before ordering and they should also be aware that most restaurants in the city do serve alcohol. Tourists could also travel to Amsterdam if unable to locate Halal food in Zandvoort; as the capital has numerous Halal restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.
There are no known mosques in Zandvoort, visitors will however be able to find prayer facilities in the surrounding cities if necessary. Cities such as Rotterdam, Haarlam and Amsterdam have prayer facilities that are frequently used by residents as well as visitors. Tourists could also offer their prayers in their hotel rooms if unable to travel to the above mentioned cities for prayers.