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Sail to Ijmuiden from Newcastle and spend some time exploring before you continue on your adventure. The northern port city near is a short drive from Amsterdam and offers fine sand beaches with textured dunes, beautiful natural landscapes and maritime attractions including the largest fish market in the country.
Due to its seafront location, IJmuiden is very popular with water sports enthusiasts, who can regularly enjoy great surfing conditions in the North Sea.
Ijmuiden is brimming with super cool, continental restaurants. Waterside dining is in abundance, and most menus offer fresh, local seafood. However, if seafood isn’t for you, Ijmuiden also boasts a number of international restaurants, including French at Restaurant Augusta, Asian at Chi Ling and Greek at Kreta. There are also plenty of ice cream parlours, a must when visiting this seaside city.
Ijmuiden offers fantastic souvenir shopping, as well as traditional Dutch outlets where you can indulge in the local cuisine, including cheeses, meats and beers.
The nearby town of Beverwijk is the largest covered market in Europe. Beverwijk Bazaar boasts 2000 shops, selling everything you could imagine.
If you’re looking for serious retail therapy, the cosmopolitan centres of Haarlem and Amsterdam are just a short drive away.
Plus, with no luggage restrictions onboard, you can bring home all the treats and souvenirs you like.
Ijmuiden is surrounded by expansive, sandy beaches, with soft dunes covered in beachgrass. The beaches are also popular for water sports and surfing, or sport lovers can try their hand at skiing at the Snow Planet track.
The 19th century Fort IJmuiden holds UNESCO World Heritage status and is the largest of its kind in Amsterdam’s Defence Line. Though originally located on the north shore, canal construction resulted in the fort becoming islanded in the North Sea Canal, only adding to its reverence. History buffs can also visit the IJmuiden Bunker Museum, a former German bunker from WW2.