Holidaymakers looking for a fun packed vacation in Holland should definitely stay in the Amsterdam area. This wonderful part of the county is located in the province of North Holland and has many things for holidaymakers to see and do. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments, B&Bs and campsites.
The Amsterdam area is well worth exploring by renting a bicycle and there are also great trails for hiking and horse riding. Watersports are popular too with fishing, swimming, wind surfing, rowing, canoeing and sailing available in the area. Tourists can also take boat trips up and down the waterways here. Golfers will be able to play a round or two at one of the numerous courses in the area such as the 18-hole Amsterdam Golf Club. Other popular activities here include tennis, roller blading and ice skating. Amsterdam and the surrounding area offers many bars, cafes and restaurants with a great choice of menu items including local dishes and some international cuisine too. There are lots of stores and markets for self catering holidaymakers to be able to buy food and drink from.
There are many interesting historic places to visit in and around Amsterdam. For example there are some fine churches and synagogues such as Oude Kirk built at the start of the 14th century and The Esnoga, a 17th century synagogue. Tourists will find many museums here as well including the famous Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum. There are many parks in the Amsterdam area with attractions located in some of them such as the botanical gardens of Hortus Botanicus and Artis Zoo. In spring time a must see place is Keukenhof in Lisse, which is an 80 acre park of winding paths, gurgling streams, placid ponds and magnificent flowering bulbs including tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
The warmest time of the year in this part of Holland is July and August when the average high temperature is 21 degrees centigrade. Winters are cold with January and February averaging just a high of 6 degrees centigrade and a low of 1 degree. October is usually the wettest month of the year with an average of 100mm rainfall, but rain can fall any time of the year.
Flights arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) from many international cities via various airlines including the largest one based here, KLM. Those cities include Athens (ATH), Beijing-Capital (PEK), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Geneva (GVA), Lisbon (LIS), London-Heathrow (LHW), Los Angeles (LAX), Madrid (MAD), Moscow-Sheremetyevo (SVO), New York (JFK), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO), Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) amongst many others. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National Car Rental and Sixt are the car hire firms located at Schiphol Plaza behind the arrivals halls. There are also taxi services available from the airport.