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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in Friesland, Netherlands your home away from home

Friesland is in the north of the Netherlands and has a beautiful pastoral landscape and delightful coastal villages which makes it popular for holiday rentals. Friesland is well known for its boating holidays but its old waterways, lakes and coast can also be enjoyed on foot, bicycle or by car. The capital of the region is Leeuwarden, one of many delightful old market towns which provide outdoor cafés, small shops and restaurants amidst colourful hanging baskets and gardens full of flowers.

Things to Do in Friesland

Friesland and the Frisian Lakes provide a host of things to do which are water-related. Hire a boat, go sailing, paddle a kayak or canoe along the canals which have been created by peat harvesting or go fishing. Enjoy the waterbirds and wildlife which can be seen along the way. The coastal towns are ideal for touring, shopping and dining, surrounded by charming old architecture, old churches and scenic waterfront promenades. As the area is very flat, visitors can hire bicycles and explore some of the old towns on two wheels.

Along the waterways, watch the old Frisian vessels called “pramen”, now used for racing rather than transporting materials. If the weather is nice, Friesland has some fine beaches along its eastern coast.

Places to Visit in Friesland

Exploring the open farmland, and small villages around your Friesland holiday rental is a relaxing pleasure. The old town of Leeuwarden has many delights. See the leaning Cathedral, the Oldehove and the Prinsentium which is the small park which always has a show of colourful blooms. Leeuwarden also has many museums. The Ceramics Museum has a stunning collection of tiles and is located in the former home of graphic artist, M.C.Escher. The regional Fries Museum showcases local history from prehistoric times.

Harlingen is an altogether more sophisticated town. Stroll down the Voorstraat and admire the 18th century mansions. The old port offers sailing trips on the old Dutch barges, or take the ferry to one of the outlying islands for the day.

Hindeloopen is another favourite place to visit. Nestled on the seashore with its wooden footbridges over the old canals, it is a charming old town.

Weather in Friesland

Friesland has moderate temperatures all year round. Winters are fairly mild, around 5°C (41°F) during the day and just above freezing at night. Summer temperatures reach 21°C (70°F) in July and August. The area has around 5cm (2inches) of rainfall every month which may fall as drizzly showers.

Travel to Friesland

The nearest airport to your holiday home in Friesland is Schipol (AMS) Airport in Amsterdam. From there you can pick up a train or bus to Friesland. It is also easy to hire a car and drive to your Friesland holiday rental through some of the beautiful Dutch countryside.

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                                                                                                      Great location

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                                                                                                      The property is in a great location over looking the lake and it is well equipped although you do need to bring sheets and towels. The village is lovely with a number of very reasonably priced and good places to eat. Beware the property has steep narrow staircases and wind can really blow off IJsselmeer
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Pleasant house with well-kept garden. Pretty area and great for little children ...

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                                                                                                      Pleasant house with well-kept garden. Pretty area and great for little children but not ideal for teenagers as the surrounding villages you can cycle to are extremely quiet and sleepy. Overall a good time was had, though!
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                                                                                                      This is a spacious and well equipped property, within walking distance of the to ...

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                                                                                                      This is a spacious and well equipped property, within walking distance of the town. We particularly liked the private and leafy patio and the original art on the walls.Very useful that there is a good supermarket 5 minutes walk away. Note that you cant park directly outside the house and have to buy daily parking permits to park down the road for 2 euros a day but as everything is in walking distance we hardly needed to use the car. The owners were very helpful in providing information about local attractions and amenities. All in all, a great spot in a beautiful old town.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2016