Summers in the Netherlands can be a real celebration. The days are long and sunny, yet not too hot. And the period between mid-June and the end of just August is just perfect for an active outdoor holiday. Here are our five favorite reasons to love the Dutch summers.
It’s perfect cycling weather
Pleasant temperatures of 62 to 71 degrees, plenty of sunshine and maybe a fresh sea breeze: that’s a typical summer day in the Netherlands. These are ideal conditions for getting out and exploring surroundings on a cycling tour. So if you are looking to enjoy an outdoor vacation, would like to escape the big cities and avoid the suffocating heat of the south, the Netherlands could be an ideal destination. Just get outside and enjoy!
If there’s something in abundance in the Netherlands, it’s water. So wherever you head your bicycle to, you’ll most probably be passing a bathing spot or two on the way. Just make sure to always have a swimsuit in your bicycle bag and enjoy a bathing break on your tour. A few strokes through the refreshing water, and you’ll feel like a new person! The absolute bathing highlight are, of course, the wonderfully extensive sandy beaches at the North Sea. They are so wide that even on the warmest midsummer days you are guaranteed to find a quiet spot for your beach mat.
It’s not a secret that Netherlands can be rainy and cloudy at times. That’s why the Dutch cherish the precious hours of summer sunshine and celebrate this season to the fullest.
This is when special markets and open-air festivals pop up everywhere. Between June and August, the travelling theatre festival Parade turns the city parks of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam or The Hague into a colorful circus. In July you can enjoy the world-class jazz at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam or marvel at the spectacle at the Fireworks Festival on the beach in Scheveningen in August. These are just a few of our favorite summer events. But there is so much more to discover!
Long summer evenings
What would summer be without those long, balmy evenings? On your bike and boat trip you can savor them on the sun deck with a glass of wine in hand. You can also choose to take an after dinner walk through the historic center of the town where your ship is docked today. Wherever you are, you’ll be sure to find lively city squares and convivial terraces to enjoy the summer atmosphere till late evenings. Also remember to look for special summer pop-ups like a tropical cocktail bar on the city beach or an open-air cinema.
When it comes to prices, summer is not a high season
Summer maybe the high season in the Netherlands, but at Boat Bike Tours you won’t feel it. At least not in your wallet. Our prices always stay the same, regardless of the season. So you can explore all the good things that Dutch summer has to offer and still enjoy the low prices!