The North Sea is never far with its sprawling, sandy beaches. Zandvoort and Bloemendaal are traditionally considered the local favourites. However, Wijk aan Zee is the new rising star. The relaxed atmosphere, the easygoing beach locales with lounge chairs and the DJ tunes during the evenings attract a diverse and colourful crowd, especially surfers on the weekend. Love and peace on the beach – not even the massive industry facility of the steel factory nearby ruins the mood behind the dunes.