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.
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.
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.
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.
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.