Distance: 62 km divided in 3 days
Getting there: Ferry from Den Helder (connected by NS trains)
Scenery: Remote farms, contact with local animals, and beautiful beaches
Texel was one our top list since the moment we decided to start hiking in the Netherlands. It is famous for its nature and the nice beaches, so we knew that a multi-day hike trip there was a good idea, and indeed it was.
First Day: 20km
We actually started walking before getting to Texel, since we walked from Den Helder station until the ferry terminal, around 2km. Our intention was to get to know this little port town, and I glad we did it that way since Den Helder is beautiful. It is full of restaurants next to the canals, spectacular boats and some interesting attractions, such as the award-winning library and the maritime museum.
We decided to start our journey from the ‘t Horntje, where the is the port of the ferry from the mainland (Den Helder). From here we started walking through the farm’s fields, the view is amazing. There are all kinds of colors due to the crops.
The first town we visited after the farm’s trail was Den Burg. This little town has plenty of cafés, shops, and benches. In here, we had our first snack of the day, some fruits and energy bar to keep going.
Just a few kilometers after De Burg, we found De Waal. This one is an even smaller town, that consists of a bunch of charming houses and a big church in the middle of the downtown.
Just after De Waal, we entered the trail surrounded by farms and crops. There was one path full of chamomile flowers, their smell was a sublime touch to experience on a hike. Later, we did a direct trail through many farms to the Airbnb where we were staying that night. This way was full of farms where we had to walk with the sheep all the way until we got to our accommodation.
Second Day: 22km
The stayed in a Fantastic Airbnb at Eendrachtweh, De Cocksdorp. The room was spacious and it has even more than what we needed. The breakfast was enormous and the location was perfect for ours. It was relaxing to wake up with the birds singing in the morning.
We got ready and headed to the De Cocksdorp beach, the northern point of the island, where we could see the famous lighthouse, a symbol of Texel.
Since the Airbnb was in the middle of farms, our first track was surrounded by more animals and beautiful scenarios. We used a ferry to cross a canal, that was a new experience for us.
After having lunch on the beach next to the lighthouse, we kept walking for a while on the beach. where we found that we were the only humans there, maybe due to the windy and wet conditions on that day. Then, we entered into the National Park Texel Duinen, and walk in here all the way to DeKoog, where we were going to spend the night.
After 22 km, we reached De Koog. I think this one is the most populated town in Texel, and apparently, it is the most touristy as well, with some beach town vibe. We wanted to try some of Texel specialties, so after some research, our dinner was in a restaurant called Sjans. It was so local that actually, the place did not have English menus. I got the slowed cooked lamb with the local beer. The lamb was exquisite, super soft and full of flavor. The prices are somehow high, but they served the main dishes with salad and fries, so at the end is a lot of food. Glenn had the ribs, and he says they were the best ribs we have tried in the Netherlands!
Third Day: 20km
We started our last day walking through the De Koog forests. Some tracks of forest were very close to the beach, this reminded me of some national parks in Costa Rica.
Just the moment we entered the dunes, we decided to have lunch. We bought some local goodies at the supermarket in De Koog. Gouda cheese and lamb ham (this one was like a type of lamb prosciutto). We were pleasantly surprised by the strong and different flavors of these two products. After lunch, we were lucky to see this type of hairy cows.
Finally, the last phase of our journey was a long way to the ferry port. Saying goodbye to nature and to Texel. We love our weekend here and we now know why so popular between the Dutch.
We will keep walking and discovering new places. Stay tuned!