Visiting the villages of Waterland feels something like going back in time – with the added comfort of tarmac bicycle paths – but the surrounding area is just as fascinating. As the name suggests, this marshy wetland consists mainly of water. If you want to discover the countryside surrounding Amsterdam, and are looking for the ideal destination for an active family getaway, Waterland is for you. Characterised by wide open countryside, historic fishing villages and a close proximity to Amsterdam, this destination will leave you wanting more. Read about the hotspots of the area and book a stay at one of our holiday parks at HolidayParkSpecials.co.uk.
Volendam is a small fishing village with working class roots. The real highlight of this town is the fish stalls selling delicious herring and smoked eel, but the bars and cafés on the harbour are also well worth a visit. The Volendam museum is a popular tourist attraction, and showcases an assortment of traditional dress, furniture and 19th century art.
Edam is historically much wealthier than the other traditional fishing villages, finding prosperity through merchant trading and ship building in the 16th and 17th centuries. The tranquil backstreets of Edam provide some well-deserved respite after the hustle and bustle of Volendam. Of course, you can’t visit Edam without a trip to the world-famous Edam cheese market. This cheese market has existed since the Middle Ages, and the lively towns holds historic re-enactments every Wednesday during the summer.
Marken is a little village that was originally situated on an island. Plagued by floods, a dike between Marken and the mainland was built in 1957. However, the village still retains much of its island charm and cars are forbidden. The houses, many of which are listed, are painted a distinctive dark green colour and built on wooden poles to endure the frequent flooding. Strolling through this old-world village, you may come across some of the older inhabitants still wearing their traditional dress.
Holiday parks near Waterland
If you’re already convinved that this destination is for you, take a look at our holiday parks in the area and find one that meets your needs.
This park is perched directly on the edge of the Ijsselmeer – perfect for a warm summer’s day! The accommodation has been built in the traditional Volendam style, and the facilities include a spa and wellness centre and bicycle rental – you can bike to Amsterdam in just over an hour!
This relaxing holiday park is situated right in the centre of Spaarnwoude Nature and Recreation Area. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, the wellness centre and the multi-functional sports field. As well as a day trip to Amsterdam, you can visit the stunning historical centre of Haarlem.
This luxury holiday park is situated on the Lakes of Vinkeveen, an area of lakes and sand islands ideal for swimming and water sports. The apartments are spacious, modern and luxurious, boasting stunning views over the lakes. Icing on the cake: You can rent a boat and sail all the way to the canals of Amsterdam!
Book a family holiday in Waterland
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