The Friesland by bike between Leeuwarden and Harlingen
Friesland, located in the north of the Netherlands, is one of its oldest regions. In this part of Holland you will find the indications in 2 languages: Frisian and Dutch.
Completely flat cycle route inland through the beautiful Frisian countryside.
Points of interest of the stay:
- the lake of Ijssel
- Bolsward, Harlinger and Dokkum
- traditional canals and mills
Day 1- Arrival in Leeuwarden
Historic city and capital of Friesland, with its famous canals that combine with red brick and green pastures to make this landscape typically Dutch. Discover the bridges, the city center, the nature museums, and the Princessehof during your visit to Leeuwarden. Installation at your hotel. Overnight in Leeuwarden.
Day 2 - Leeuwarden to Sneek 50 km
Pick up the bikes and set off for a first tour on the legendary Dutch cycle paths. Sneek, a historic town, was once surrounded by water canals and fortifications. Admire the center of the city, the Martini Church, the small bridges that span the canals and the river activity. Overnight in Sneek.
Day 3 - Sneek to Harich 55 km
Harich, located near the IJsselmeer (IJssel lake). Passage through Sloten, which is, with its 700 inhabitants, the smallest town on this circuit passing through 11 towns in this historic region. Enjoy a stop in the small village of Balk, to enjoy the superb view of the Frisian landscapes. Overnight in Harich.
Day 4 - Harich to Bolsward 55 km
The small town of Bolsward is known in the Netherlands for its picturesque streets. You can't miss Stavoren, now famous among water sports enthusiasts, and Workum. At the time, all these towns around the lake (Ijsselmeer) had a good trading activity around fishing. There are traces of this prosperous period with beautiful period houses such as in the city of Hanze. Overnight in Bolsward.
Day 5 - Bolsward to Harlingen 45 km
A day full of emotions, with the discovery of the Noorderhaven and Suiderhaven ports of Harlingen, a long straight line that opens directly onto the North Sea. Moored on either side, old rigs wink at you from the top of their mast.
Continuation of the route towards Franeker in Frisian Frjentsjer (very difficult to pronounce and our essays amuse the Dutch a lot), a village which is home to one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, the University of Friesland. You can also see the oldest planetarium in Europe still in operation.
Overnight in Franeker.
Day 6 - Harlingen to Dokkum 63/75 km
Dokkum has preserved its architectural heritage with its fortifications and restored ramparts. Add to these curiosities a few canals and the traditional Dutch windmills. You will then understand that it is a region that you can fall in love with. Overnight in Dokum.
Day 7 - Dokkum to Leeuwarden 35 km
Last circuit through the green landscapes where the Frisian cows graze peacefully while watching ... the bikes. Passage through the towns of Rinsumageest and Burdaard. Overnight in Leeuwarden.
Day 8 - Leeuwarden
End of the tour after breakfast and departure or possibility of an additional night in Leeuwarden or Amsterdam.