1 Haarlem

This good-looking old town is home to the outstanding Frans Hals Museum and makes a lovely base for exploring the southern part of the province and the nearby coast.

2 Edam

Archetypal Dutch country town of narrow canals and antique cottages. Once famous for its mermaids, it now has a couple of very enticing places to stay.

3 Enkhuizen

This handsome old Zuider Zee port of slender waterways is worth a visit in its own right, but it has the excellent Zuiderzeemuseum thrown in too.

4 Dunes

The dunes of Noord-Holland’s west coast are the closest the country gets to hills, and exploring them by bike or on foot is one of the joys of this part of the country.

5 Texel

Just twenty minutes from the mainland by regular ferry, but with a real island feel – not to mention, good places to stay and eat and some magnificent sandy beaches.

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