Discover the nature of IJmuiden

JULY 04, 2017

Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland

The National Park Zuid-Kennemerland is a remarkable expanse of dunes between Zandvoort and IJmuiden, covering approximately 38 hectares and attracting two million visitors each year.
Living here are more than 100 different species of bird, red deer, rabbits and roe deer, as well as large grazers such as Highland cattle and a small number of wisent (European bison). You can explore this vast protected dune landscape from sunrise to sunset via the designated walking routes and cycle paths. There are also many other opportunities to enjoy unique experiences amidst this memorable landscape, including horse riding and swimming, ensuring you can always get up close to nature.

Spaarnwoude recreational area

The Spaarnwoude recreational area is located between Amsterdam, Haarlem and Velsen. At Spaarnwoude, you can walk, bike or skate while enjoying the typical Dutch landscape. There’s plenty of space to play and relax, as well as tons of activities like paintball, a climbing wall, putting green, canoeing, swimming and move. The recreational area is host to several large events every summer.


Formerly an estate and now open forest and dunes, cows and ponies make their way through this landscape grazing on the grass. The entrance can be found at the Duin & Kruidbergerweg in Santpoort-Noord. Parking and access to the terrain is free. There are marked walking routes, but bikes and dogs are not permitted. If arriving by public transport from Haarlem, take bus 75 or 81. From station Santpoort-Noord it is approximately a 10-minute walk.