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Wild blackberries in the dunes

Egmond aan den Hoef is primarily known for its dunes. They are much more lighter and open that those in the surrounding dune areas. Plants such as blue sea thistle, sea buckthorn and blackberries still grow in this picture-perfect spot near the old fishing village of Egmond aan Zee. Pick them while you walk in the open nature! In many places you will encounter ponds with toads and salamanders. The sea village landscape is unique: fields that have been dug out in the dune hollows and offer wonderfully sheltered spots.


In the village the monastery and abbey of Egmond - the Sint-Adelbertabdij - towers above everything. This is the oldest abbey in the Netherlands, founded in the tenth century. There is a lovely shop selling abbey products and during the weeks leading up to Christmas you can marvel at the enormous collection of Christmas stalls. And if you cycle or hike to the farmlands outside the village, then you will be treated to blooming flower bulb fields (in the spring) in all the colours of the rainbow. The 'silent beach' at Egmond Binnen is a ten-minute cycle ride and cheese city Alkmaar is also nearby. Moreover, you will find many cycling and hiking trips to help you relax in nature.

Did you know that:
Egmond comprises no less than three villages, namely: Egmond Binnen, Egmond aan Zee and Egmond aan den Hoef? In Egmond aan Zee inhabitants are called Derpers, in Egmond Binnen they are known as Binders and in Egmond aan de Hoef they are referred to as Hoevers?