Holidaymakers looking for a fun packed vacation near the North Sea should pay a visit to Leiden in Holland. This fun filled city is located in the province of South 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.
Leiden has some lovely areas for hikers, horse riders and cyclists to explore including along the lakes and rivers, through the forest areas and interesting towns. There are some pleasant beaches just a short drive away where holidaymakers can sunbathe and take a swim in the sea. Some coastal resorts offer various watersports such as kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing. There are watersports available on the canals of Leiden too such as canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating and rowing. Golf enthusiasts will find several courses near to Leiden including a couple in Noordwijk and Wassenaar as well as numerous tennis courts. Just a short drive away is Duinrell Amusement Park, where families can have fun on various rides and games. Leiden has many bars, cafes and restaurants with a variety of dining options including local dishes and plenty of international cuisine too. Numerous shops can be found in Leiden with a good choice of places for self catering holidaymakers to purchase food and drink. Tourists will also find stores and market stalls selling gifts and souvenirs in the area.
Leiden has a number of interesting places to visit including historic buildings such as the old castle De Burcht, which sits on an earthen mound. The city also has many churches, the chief of which are arguably the 15th century Hooglandse Kerk and the 14th century Pieterskerk. Holidaymakers can visit museums such as the old corn grinding windmill and Naturalis, which is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. The cities of Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam are within easy reach by car and are well worth a visit. About 25 minutes drive away is Keukenhof in Lisse, which is an 80 acre park of winding paths, gurgling streams, placid ponds and magnificent flowering bulbs in spring 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.
Leiden is about 25 minutes drive from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). Flights arrive in Amsterdam from many international cities via various airlines including the largest one based here, KLM. Those cities include Athens (ATH), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Dubai (DXB), Geneva (GVA), Hong Kong (HKG), Johannesburg (JNB), Lisbon (LIS), London-Heathrow (LHW), Madrid (MAD), Moscow-Sheremetyevo (SVO), New York (JFK), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO), Tokyo-Narita (NRT), Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) and Washington-Dulles (IAD) amongst many others. Car rental and taxi services are available from both airports.