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Bike to a town near Haarlem

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Bike to a town near Haarlem

I will be in Haarlem for the day in September. I would like to rent a bike and bicycle outside the city. Is there a small, picturesque, atmospheric town near Haarlem that I could bike to?

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1. Re: Bike to a town near Haarlem

Hi there,

Hmmm... not really something similar to Haarlem. The best biking route from Haarlem is to the beach at Zandvoort, crossing the big dunes nature reserve on your way twice. Of course using different routes each way. E.g. outbound Bloemendaal-Overveen and then inbound Heemstede.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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A very nice place to bike to and not far away at all, is the little fishing village Spaarndam. It is very small, but has great scenery, a tiny harbour and a lock. It is famous for smoking eal, so don't forget to eat some at the waterfront. You can also visit the world famous statue of Hans Brinker, who saved Spaarndam from the floods by putting his thumb in the dike. (In fact the 'legend' is a late 19th century romantic fake, written in the United States.....). I'm sure the place where you will rent your bike, will have some maps avaible with interesting route descriptions.

Have fun!

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Both are nice!

Spaarndam i think is the best for you to go to. Really a pretty nice little town! And a very nice bike route also.

but on a warm day it's also nice to cross the dunes to zandvoort, spend a few hours on the beach and head back through the dunes to haarlem. For me that's a well spend day on a hot summers day!

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Reis08 you do realise that this post is 9 months old?

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