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A Memorable Camping Trip to Texel with Our Camper Van

Texel Lighthouse

Texel, the largest of the Dutch Wadden Islands, is a gem waiting to be explored. With its diverse landscapes, quaint villages, and serene beaches, it promises an unforgettable experience for campers. Recently, we embarked on a delightful camping trip to Texel in our trusty camper van. Here’s a glimpse into our adventure, tips on things to do, how to reach Texel, and our stay at a charming farm.

Tesp ferry between Texel and Den Helder

Getting to Texel

Reaching Texel is relatively easy and adds to the adventure. Here’s a simple guide to get you there:

1. **Drive to Den Helder**: From Amsterdam, it’s about a 1.5-hour drive to Den Helder, where you’ll catch the ferry.

2. **Take the Ferry**: The TESO ferry service operates between Den Helder and Texel. Ferries run every hour, and the crossing takes about 20 minutes. You can bring your camper van on board. Booking in advance is recommended, especially during peak seasons.

3. **Arrive at Texel**: Once you disembark, you’re free to explore the island’s scenic roads and attractions.

Texel Lighthouse

Things to Do in Texel

Texel offers a rich array of activities catering to all tastes. Here are some of the highlights from our trip:

1. **Explore the Beaches**: Texel’s beaches are stunning. We particularly enjoyed De Koog Beach, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing.

2. **Visit Ecomare**: This nature museum and seal sanctuary is a must-visit. It’s an educational and heartwarming experience to see the rescued seals up close.

3. **Cycle Around the Island**: Texel is bike-friendly with numerous cycling paths. We brought our bikes and spent hours riding through picturesque villages and nature reserves.

4. **Texel Brewery**: For beer enthusiasts, a visit to the Texel Brewery is a treat. We took a tour and enjoyed tasting the local brews.

5. **Den Burg and Oudeschild**: Den Burg, the largest town, offers charming shops, cafes, and a bustling market. Oudeschild, a historic fishing village, has a lovely harbor and maritime museum.

6. **Nature Walks**: The National Park Dunes of Texel is ideal for hiking. The varied landscape, from dunes to forests, provided us with breathtaking views and peaceful trails.

Staying at the Farm with a Camper Van

One of the most memorable parts of our trip was our stay at a farm. Here’s why it was special and what you can expect:

1. **Farm Location**: We chose a family-run farm located centrally on the island. This made it easy to access all parts of Texel within a short drive or bike ride. Hunsingo Texel

2. **Amenities for Camper Vans**: The farm had excellent facilities, including spacious pitches with electricity hookups, clean sanitary facilities

3. **Farm Experience**: Staying on the farm allowed us to experience rural life on Texel. We woke up to the sound of sheep and birds

4. **Friendly Atmosphere**: The hosts were incredibly welcoming and provided us with great tips on exploring the island. Fellow campers were friendly, and we often shared stories around a campfire in the evenings.

Practical Tips for Camping on Texel

- **Book in Advance**: Texel is a popular destination, especially in summer. Book your ferry and camping spot early to avoid disappointment.

- **Pack for All Weathers**: The island’s weather can be unpredictable. Bring layers, waterproof gear, and sunscreen.

- **Bikes are a Must**: Biking is one of the best ways to explore Texel. Consider bringing your own or renting from one of the many rental shops on the island.

- **Respect Nature**: Texel is known for its pristine natural beauty. Keep it clean, stick to marked paths, and respect wildlife.

Tulip fields in Spring Texel

Our camping trip to Texel was a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The combination of scenic beauty, engaging activities, and the unique farm stay made it a perfect getaway. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or someone looking for relaxation, Texel has something to offer. Pack your camper van, take the ferry, and embark on your own Texel adventure – you won’t be disappointed!

De Koog Beach Texel

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