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Castricum, located in the North Holland province of the Netherlands, is a popular tourist destination due to it lovely beaches, water recreational facilities and remarkable dune landscape. Holidaymakers coming in via cheap flights to Castricum are immediately drawn to the beach that is perfect for a relaxing sunbath followed by some exhilarating swimming, windsurfing or canoeing. Sport fishing is a passion here with the town offering excellent facilities to fish from the beach, breakwater, canals or from a boat at sea. Another popular spot for recreation is the lake connecting Port Fairy with Alkmaar; there are plenty of sailing and boating opportunities in the marinas and there is even a reserved area for water-skiing and speed-boating. It becomes an ideal recreational destination with the presence of innumerable cafés and eateries where you can sit back and relax.
Another major attraction for visitors to Castricum is the woods in the dune reserve, close to the beautiful beach. There are several riding tracks, walking and cycling routes that make exploring the area interesting. The Hoop or the visitor information centre is a great place to spend time if you are interested in the flora and fauna of the dunes that play a vital part of the local eco-system. The surrounds are especially beautiful and represent typical Dutch polder landscape with authentic windmills, farms and historical buildings. The Hortus Bulborum, a unique museum garden with an astounding collection of bulbous plants in excess of 3700, is also a top attraction of the town. The spectacle of 2500 types of tulips and daffodils together with various species of hyacinth during April-May of each year is truly memorable. Visitors choosing to arrive by any of the plentiful cheap flights to Castricum will be delighted to find such an abundance of choice.
For those with more than a passing interest in history, a visit to the Village Church that acts as a museum tracing the development of Castricum from 1900 to the present day can be really fascinating. Summer visitors can look forward to events, markets, musical performances, fairs or similar happenings almost every day. The many hotels in Castricum make you feel welcome all year round.