MEDIEVAL TIMES, MONKS AND A SALTY SEA BREEZE (34 KM)
Let your hair wave in the salty sea breeze. Cycle through the North Holland Dune Reserve, a unique part of the Netherlands. Enjoy a High Tea at Hotel ‘t oude Raadhuis. Visit the Hortus Bulborum museum garden in Limmen and look at the old varieties of bulbous plants. Seek out the tranquillity of sacred Runxputte, a well-known pilgrimage place in Heiloo. Also take a look in the little church. Cycle through the beautiful bulb fields and pass the castle ruins of Egmond aan den Hoef. This castle was burnt down in 1573 under the orders of Diederick Sonoy. In Egmond aan Zee, you can see the lighthouse of Van Speijk, the lieutenant who chose to blow up his ship rather than surrender to the Belgian enemy. At the end of your tour, have a delicious ice cream from the Dutch champion ice cream maker at the heart of Egmond aan Zee.