Bike Touring Highlight
Egmond aan Zee's Voorstraad is a pedestrian area leading through the car-free center to the beach of this laid-back coastal town in North Holland, lined with restaurants, cafes, and shopping.
December 14, 2016
Great little beach town surrounded by large dune preserves and flower fields. Close to Amsterdam but cute and quiet in the off-season. Good base for bike rides along the coast.
December 9, 2016
In the year 977, the village of Egmond aan Zee was created behind the dunes. The story goes that one Walgerus, a gentleman farmer from Egmond-Binnen, would have built ten houses for a number of poor families. These were allowed to live there for free and were entitled to fish in the sea, provided they gave up ten percent of their fishing at the abbey in Egmond-Binnen. He is also said to have founded the church which is now the current Old Catholic St. Agnes church. He is said to have built the church in honor of Saint Agnes. Egmond aan Zee then developed into a real fishing village. Around the year 1400, the so-called Pinck was created, a flat-bottomed vessel measuring approximately 5.5 by 2.5 meters. The ship was built with a completely flat bottom, so that it could be transported in rolls from the barn to the beach. Due to erosion of the coast, on November 1, 1570, fifty houses of Egmond aan Zee disappeared into the sea at the All Saints' Flood. During the Christmas storm in November 1741, 36 houses and the church with tower were swallowed by the sea. Until 1 July 1978, Egmond aan Zee was an independent municipality and on that date it merged with the municipality of Egmond-Binnen into Egmond. Since 1 January 2001, the municipality of Egmond has merged with the municipalities of Schoorl and Bergen into the municipality of Bergen.
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