Zandvoort is a seaside city, located approximately 40km west of Amsterdam. It is one of the major beach resorts of the Netherlands, with a long sandy beach, bordered by coastal dunes. It is believed that the city traces its origins back to 1100, when it was called Sandevoerde ("sand and "ford"). In 1828, the first resort was inaugurated in Zandvoort, which set the tone for the future of the small city. Nowadays, with a population of only only 16,000 inhabitants, the city is a popular summer destination among the Dutch.
The closest airport is the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the largest international airport in the Netherlands, located 25km away from the circuit.
A little further afield is the Rotterdam The Hague Airport, 70km from the circuit. Please note that there is no direct connection from Rotterdam to Zandvoort, so we recommend you plan your journey in advance.
Zandvoort is one of the major beach resorts in the Netherlands, so activities tend to focus on sunbathing and swimming. Luckily, the Netherlands national train network runs frequent services from Zandvoort to Amsterdam, and with the journey lasting only 30 minutes, a getaway to the big city is practically unmissable!
Known for its artistic heritage, Amsterdam offers a variety of museums for all tastes. The Van Gogh Museum, the Rijkmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum are the most popular, showcasing the best artwork from the Middle ages, to the contemporary, and the best artwork of one of the most influential artists of all time. If the weather is nice, you can try one of the canal trips aboard small boats, or lounge in Vondelpark and relax. For foodies, head to the De Pijp outdoor markets, which serve food from the Dutch cuisine in a lovely ambience. Although it is only suitable for adults, the Amsterdam Red Light District is renowned worldwide, and rests in the Medieval Centre - which is worth viewing for the gorgeous architecture alone!
Even closer than Amsterdam lies the city of Haarlem, once a major trading port, which preserves its medieval cobblestone streets and garbled houses. Among its attractions are the Grote Markt, located in a vast square underneath the Grote Kerk. Every Saturday, merchants and artisans display their wares in the square, transforming it into a boisterous affair. Whilst there, step inside the magnificent gothic cathedral, Grote Kerk, which dates back to the 14th century. Windmills characterise the Netherlands' landscape, and in Haarlem you can take a tour of on the famous Molen de Adriaan, and view the panoramic views of Haarlem from its rooftop.
Temperatures in Zandvoort during May are pleasantly warm, with the average daily temperature around 15 degrees centigrade. Although May is a drier month, the rainfall in Zandvoort is known to be significant at times, therefore we recommend to bring waterproof clothing to ensure you are adequately prepared!