Friesland

Holiday parks & camping in Friesland

Friesland is a unique destination in Holland, with plenty to see and do across the province. For example, the eleven cities within the province to explore, where you can enjoy the traditional architecture and local cuisine.

Awarded third place on Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Europe’ list in 2018, Friesland is a must see destination. Located in the North of Holland with a sparse population it boasts a more peaceful holiday destination. Yet Friesland still has much to offer, such as the Wadden Sea which was awarded the title of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the four Wadden islands and the Frisian lakes. 

Due to the lakes, canals, rivers and the sea all being accessible Friesland is the perfect holiday destination for those who are interested in water sports. Within the Frisian lakes area there are 35 lakes to enjoy. One of the more well-known lakes is Sneekermeer, which offers a vast range of water activities such as swimming, water skiing, surfing and sailing races – something for everyone to enjoy. 

Awarded third place on Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Europe’ list in 2018, Friesland is a must see destination. Located in the North of Holland with a sparse population it boasts a more peaceful holiday destination. Yet Friesland still has much to offer, such as the Wadden Sea which was awarded the title of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the four Wadden islands and the Frisian lakes. 

Due to the lakes, canals, rivers and the sea all being accessible Friesland is the perfect holiday destination for those who are interested in water sports. Within the Frisian lakes area there are 35 lakes to enjoy. One of the more well-known lakes is Sneekermeer, which offers a vast range of water activities such as swimming, water skiing, surfing and sailing races – something for everyone to enjoy. 

The eleven cities

Each of the eleven “cities” are no larger than villages, however within the province each of the cities hold historical significance which is the reasoning for their title. The small size of the cities makes for a welcoming, home like feel. To keep things simple there are multiple different routes already mapped out so you can visit all the cities. There are walking and cycling routes and also routes to travel by boat between the cites. No excuse to not visit the eleven cities of Friesland.

boats on the river in Friesland
Sneekweek

Typically held in early August, Sneekweek is Europe’s largest annual sailing event on inland waterways. Opened with a display of hundreds of boats accompanied by fireworks and finished with a race between Friesland against the rest of Holland. The week is not only about sailing, there is also a fair and market to keep everyone entertained. However the highlight of the week is the Hardzeildag, the traditional sailing event.

Friesland sailing boats
The Wadden Islands

The UNESCO World Heritage site is made up of a stunning coastline which is a must see. With plenty to see such as villages, beaches, harbours and wildlife it is a trip worth making. There are also the five islands to visit, Vlieland, Terschelling, Schiermonnikoog, Ameland and Texel each with their own attractions. Such as surfing and festivals in Terschelling or Ameland perfect for those looking for quiet – Ameland is ideal for long walks.

Friesland beach
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