Nearby the sunny North Sea beach and next to the Dune reserve of North-Holland lays Castricum. This village offers a lot of possibilities for young and old. A broad cycling- and hiking network through the dune area, catering which still knows how to be a good host, shops where you can find what you want and a beautiful beach within a stone’s throw. Behind the beach is the Dune reserve of North-Holland, you can cycle or walk here for hours. The nature is most beautiful when the seasons change. This is what gives you all the ingredients for a complete holiday.
When you follow the Zeeweg (beach road) from Castricum to the coast, you will arrive at Castricum aan Zee. The beautiful beach of Castricum offers you everything you need for a beach walk or a day at the beach. The beautiful beach of Castricum offers a lot of facilities for surfers, swimmers, walkers, and sun lovers.
On top of that there are lots of possibilities for the young and the old: for those who seek rest there is an oasis of silence, and the party animal is able to join the crowd at the vibrant beach-tents. At the ends of the beach you will find the most beautiful terraces of the Netherlands, who has got such a view at home? Castricum aan Zee particularly offers you tranquillity. The wide beach is a beautiful place for sun lovers. Surfers and swimmers are able to do their thing here as well. Several beach pavilions are suitable for a dinner.
A couple of kilometres from the beach is the vibrant centre of Castricum. You will not be bored here. In the core of the village are events being organized throughout the entire year. Markets, fairgrounds and multiple festivals are only a grip out of the activities Castricum offers you. The shopper is able to go wild in the centre of the village, the rest seeker will find an oasis of peace at the beach or in the dunes. The catering in Castricum is great as well. The party animal is able to go for the crowd at clubs at the Dorpsstraat. There are a great number of terraces, shops and restaurants. In the centre you will find a cinema. Having a drink at the beach or in one of the bars are just some of the possibilities.
The village is a great place to explore the Dune reserve of North-Holland. In the dune reserve, which is full of forests, you can enjoy the beautiful nature. Several riding-tracks, walking- and cycling routes lead you through this unique dune area. On top of that, the beach of Castricum aan Zee can be reached by foot within 45 minutes. Did you become interested after visiting the dunes? Than it is possible to get to know anything about the flora and fauna or this rich dune area at visitors centre ‘De Hoep’.
But the surroundings of Castricum offer more. It is a spread-out polder landscape with authentic mills, authentic farms and historical buildings. With the help of extensive cycle routes and signage you will easily find your way through this beautiful nature area.
East of Castricum lays the Alkmaardermeer (lake of Alkmaar), where you can go on the water from the marina. Would you rather be on stable land? Take the popular ferries cycle tour. This will lead you to the beautiful surroundings of the lake and the polders, whereby you will cross the lake multiple times with motorized and self-service ferries.
Alkmaar is very close to Castricum as well. Within 15 minutes you will be standing amongst the cheese girls who are wearing the folkloric costumes at the cheese market of Alkmaar. Besides that, you can have a nice drink at one of the sunny terraces at the Waagplein or the Canadaplein, or even party on in one of the many bars. But also if you are looking for a theatre, sports activity or a fine day of shopping Alkmaar is the right place for you.
Because of its favourable location Castricum is the perfect place for trips to Amsterdam, Haarlem, the Zaanstreek, and Volendam. A stay nearby the coast or in a beautiful polder landscape, but close to the city as well? Castricum is the perfect compromise.
- Visit the pleasant seaside resorts Bergen aan Zee, Egmond aan Zee or the historic Alkmaar with many attractions.
- Discover Kennemerland through one of the many beautiful cycling, hiking, horse riding and skating trips.
- Breath of fresh air during a long beach walk, the way to completely lose the tension of everyday life.