‘Texel is the island of dunes and dune valleys, beaches and mud flats, hills and heaths.’ Jac. P Thijsse wrote that in TEXEL, his book featuring the now famous Verkade photographs from the 1920s. This is a remote, yet nearby, island, with more wind, but less rain and more sun than ‘on the other side of the water’, and in years gone by bathers and nature lovers discovered it really was a jewel of unspoilt nature. And that is how it has remained to this day.

Even in high season you can still go walking through the dunes, cycling along the mud flats or endlessly strolling along the beach without seeing another soul. Apart from De Koog, which is a seaside resort popular with tourists, and Den Burg, which is the main village for shopping, all the other villages are still quaint and quiet. Nature and its elements are still in charge on this stunningly beautiful island, which is embraced from both sides by the Wadden Sea and the North Sea.

‘A taste for the beautiful is most 

cultivated out of doors’

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden