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Cruising guide for dummies

Netherlands is known for its passionate relationship with sailing. The cruising season starts here in the first days of spring and lasts until the last week of November. There are even some adventurous souls that disregard the official sailing calendar and take their boat for a ride even in the coldest, shortest days of January. The locals might consider them dummies, but there is something special about cruising down an empty canal with no one but your escort Paris on a gloomy winter afternoon.

If you want to learn more about cruising, you do not need to take your experience too far from the very start. Here is a guide that will help you understand the basics of sailing in the Netherlands:

Where to sail in Holland

The best places to sail in the Netherlands are around the Wadden Sea, between the Frisian Islands and the popular Ijsselmeer. The latter is a shallow lake located right in the center of the country. Many people come here to practice sailing, cruising and fishing. The large body of water has a maximum depth of six meters, which makes it perfect for a summer swim that you and your escorts from 6annonce at can enjoy during the hot days of August.

Dutch cruising is comfortable

Holland has managed to increase its land size by taking it from the North Sea. The passion that Dutch people have for hydro Technic constructions is easy to see all around the country. Cruising canals cross the main cities, and the smallest towns are inter-connected by carefully directed rivers and streams. The Netherlands is the ideal destination for a cruising trip that you can take together with your water-loving escorts.

Romantic canal trips for escorts

You cannot leave Amsterdam without going on a sailing trip around the city's canals. The Dutch capital is famous for its unique architecture that combines human-made structures with natural landscapes. Take your escort Paris on a romantic canal trip from the very first night in town. This date will set the tone for the rest of the holiday you spend together in Amsterdam.

The tales of inexperienced dummies

One of the ways that Dutch people like to practice sailing is by retelling the stories of dummies that went cruising down the country's canals in the past. It seems that many young people learn to sail from the counter-examples of previous generations. Therefore, if you want to avoid total embarrassment in front of your escort Paris, you should read some of the historical anecdotes of dumb cruisers, before you even set sail and depart the canal shores.

Things to do ashore in the Netherlands

You should not view Holland as a sailing destination only, no matter how much you love cruising. The country has much more to offer if you only come ashore and explore its natural beauty. The Netherlands might not have mountains or tall hills, but it makes up for them with stunning landscapes and hiking trails that you and your escorts can enjoy in between sailing trips.

Sailing in Netherlands

Netherlands is a beautiful piece of this planet, it has beautiful sea, many rivers and lakes and even more flowers and windmills. This amazing country is the home of many watersports, such as boating, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and many others. It is the perfect place to go on a nature themed vacation with lots of camping, hiking and enjoying watersports and not to forget - sailing.

In case you ever go to the Netherlands, even if not for vacation, you have to go to Harlingen, which is a beautiful little harbor town. There are, beside the harbors, also quite a few shops, cafes and restaurant that are unique and like nothing else you have ever seen in Europe and in the world. Even if you don't have a chance or time to get on a boat yourself and try out your sailing skills, you will enjoy just sitting next to a harbor, drinking your coffee and enjoying the view on these beautiful boats.

One more place to visit in every case is Medemblik. This is also a small city, that is quite old and with a long sailing tradition. What is interesting about it and what makes it special for sailing is its Delta Lloyd Regatta which is held there every year. That means four days of amazing sailing experiences, boats and a lot of sea and wind, but also no live chat. But in case that you are not there when the regatta happens, you still have something to see - a beautiful old town with many museums, a charming city centre and some quite beautiful flourmills among which the de Herder is the most beautiful and interesting one.

Netherlands - the place of water, sailing and beautiful sights

Here is something for those of you who want to take a boat and just enjoy the salty wind and beautiful blue water. Kaag is a small city where it is all about watersports, sailing, sea and fun, so that you will be able to rent a boat there quite easily, but also come with your own and take a tour on their waters. The two best trails would be the Huigsloot and Beinsdorp, you will see that sailing is on a whole different level in Netherlands, because there are many lakes and rivers that are connected with each other and the sea, so you will be able to explore most of the country only with your boat and the kind people will help you with directions. That is why feel free to not only enjoy the Kagerplassen (the lake system in Kaag) but also other water systems that are connected to it.

Sailing on Wadden Sea and IJssel Lake is also something you should try, because there are not only renting opportunities, but you can also become a part of a team that needs one more pair of hands and pay only a little or nothing for that. These kind of things enable people to sail the whole year for only a small price and spend their whole life on the sea. So make sure to go there and get the right and amazing Dutch sailing experience.