The best things to do on Texel

According to our guests

Texel Top 10  

There is so much to do and experience on Texel. But what is the most fun? We ask all our guests after their stay. From the thousands of responses we have compiled the top 10 for 2022 for you. 

See immediately which outings have made the top 10, what is number 1 and whether your favorite outing is there too!

Tip 1: Cycling 

The Netherlands is truly a cycling nation, and this is no different on Texel. That’s why it’s not surprising that cycling is ranked at number 1. With over 140 km of cycle tracks across the entire island, this is the perfect way to discover Texel in a relaxed pace. The cycling tracks guide you through the dunes, the beautiful forests, vast polders and of course past the hotspots of Texel. Read more about Cycling on Texel.

What our guests say:
Solo trip: "Texel - an amazing island for hiking and cycling and always seeing and doing something new.”
Couple 50+: “Rent (electric) bikes. Use the car a little as possible. That way, you can experience the island like no other.”


Tip 2: De Slufter 

De Slufter has an open connection to the North Sea. As a result, there are lots of plants that do well in a salty environment, such as glasswort and sea lavender, which ensure a superb purple patch of colour in the summer. De Slufter is also the nesting and resting place for many birds. Go on the De Slufter scavenger hunt with the kids for an adventurous experience. Read more about De Slufter.

What our guests say:
Couple: “Wow, Texel is such a diverse island from the cosy villages to the peace and quiet in the dunes. And De Slufter is a must visit.”
Family: “You truly should visit De Slufter. It’s remarkably beautiful. Even for children.”

Tip 3: Beaches 

Did you know, there’s more than 30 kilometres of beaches waiting for you on Texel? That means there’s room for everyone! Of course, it’s a great place to enjoy the sun or show off your sandcastle building skills. Or would you rather take a nice stroll and leave all the stress of the day behind you. Read more about the beaches on Texel.

What our guests say:
Couple 50+: “Nice visits to the beach, there are more than enough quiet spots to find.”
Family: “Take a stroll along the sea when it’s storming.


Tip 4: Walking 

Put on your hiking shoes and go! This is something that many visitors do on Texel. You can take the paved paths or choose the unspoiled nature trails. Walking on Texel is also fun for children, because spread out across the different routes there is fun playground equipment. Or walk the fun Sommeltjespad trail. A guaranteed success with the kids. And of course, your dog can also run along. Read more about Walking on Texel.

What our guests say:
Couple 50+ with dog: “Visit the Hors for peace and quiet and endless hikes, even in the high season.”
Family: "Stroll, view, listen and enjoy - it doesn’t get any better than Texel.”

Tip 5: Ecomare 

Ecomare is visited by a great many of our guests, and they all recommend it! Of course, people of all ages enjoy watching seals, sea birds. fish and other sea creatures. Moreover, it is also educational. You can discover everything about the world heritage Wadden Sea, the North Sea and Texel and various nature excursions are organised at the nature museum of Ecomare. Read more about Ecomare.

What our guests say:
Family: “Excursions through Ecomare. Super interesting and you can experience the beautiful nature even better!”
Family: “Ecomare is super fun for all ages.”

Ecomare,  zeehond, texeltips

Tip 6: Nature 

Sometimes, it is said that Texel is like the Netherlands in a nutshell. You can find such a variety of nature here: beautiful dunes, vast polders, nutrient-rich salt marshes. Texel is home to about 40 nature reserves. So it makes sense that our guests appreciate nature that much. Read more about the Nature on Texel.

What our guests say:
Family: "Every child/ Dutch person has to have visited Texel at least once in their life, to experience the beauty of Texel/the Netherlands and the Wadden Sea. Superb nature reserves.”
Solo trip: "Take multiple shorter holidays. The nature on Texel changes drastically multiple times per year. Each season has its own charm.”

Tip 7: The lighthouse 

The ultimate symbol of Texel is located on the most northern point of the island: the lighthouse. After a 118 stair climb, you reach a splendid view of the North Sea, the Wadden Sea, the northern part of Texel and neighbouring island Vlieland. Some visitors have said they could even see England and the North Pole with clear weather. You do need some binoculars for that (and yes, to be honest, a little bit of imagination). Read more about the lighthouse.

What our guests say:
Family: “Go to the lighthouse during the evening light. The most stunning light and the best photos of the holiday.”
Family: “Sunset at the lighthouse- just beautiful!”

De Cocksdorp, lighthouse Eierland

Tip 8: Fishing for Shrimp

Do you enjoy a shrimp cocktail or would you like to see with your own eyes how fishing for shrimp works? Then go shrimp fishing on the Wadden Sea. The fishermen that take you along on the boat (cutter) will tell you all about the animals and how they catch them. When it is time to raise the fishing nets, you will soon see that it’s not just shrimp in the fishing nets. After sharing knowledge about the bycatch, it is put back into the sea alive. And what about the shrimp? They are freshly prepared for you. Go on this tasty tour. Read more about Shrimp Fishing on Texel.

What our guests say:
Family: “Go on the TX20. Nice and cheerful and full of trivia about the Wadden Sea. We even got a kilo of shrimp to bring home.”
Couple: “Fishing for Shrimp! Truly a very fun activity for a nice price. And, deliciouuuuus fresh shrimp.”

Tip 9: Dunes 

The dunes protect Texel from the sea water and are the living space of a great many animals: the rabbit dig their holes, the birds nest there and insects are looking for tasty treats. But of course, it is also a wonderful place for recreation. Take a hike on the trails or have a nice picnic. Maybe you can even spot a rabbit or a pheasant scurrying by. Take your time to take in the environment and you will have so much to see. Read more about the Dunes on Texel.

What our guests say:
Couple 50+: “Go hiking through the dunes. It is quiet, wild cattle and horses are roaming around and you feel more as if you were in Scotland than in the Netherlands. Truly magnificent!”
Family: “Walking through the dunes. It will always be amazing.”


Tip 10: Sheep farm 

When you say Texel, you say sheep. That is because the island is inhabited by more sheep than by humans. A visit to the Schapenboerderij (The Sheep Farm) is an absolute must, especially with young children. There are so many animals walking around, no one has to be bored for even a second. However, the absolute highlight of a visit is the cuddling with the lambs. Read more about the Sheep farm.

What our guests say:
Family: “The Sheep Farm in Den Burg for a family with young children.”
Family: “The Sheep farm is truly wonderful.”

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