Amsterdam’s top 5 urban beaches

On a sunny day, there’s nothing like feeling the sand between your toes – even in the centre of a city. Amsterdam has embraced the urban beach concept , with deckchair-dotted stretches of sand springing up across the city.

Here’ are some good spots to combine your city break with a spot of alfresco R&R.

  • Blijburg aan Zee

    Pampuslaan 501, 1087 LA Amsterdam

    Located to the east of the city, the sandy beach on this man-made island has a laidback, bohemian vibe.

    Try paddle-board lessons, snack on fresh shrimp, or just swim, sunbathe and read a good book. Campfires spring up as dusk falls, and it’s also big on music, from international DJ sets to mini-festivals.

  • Pllek

    Tt. Neveritaweg 59, 1033 WB Amsterdam

    Set in NDSM, the city’s former shipyard, this hip urban beach draws a cool summertime crowd.

    It combines peerless views over the river IJ with a buzzing, industrial-chic bar, plus DJ sets, yoga workshops and the odd live band. As with most urban beaches, there’s nowhere to swim, so it’s more about catching the rays.

  • Amsterdam Roest

    Amsterdam Roest, Jacob Bontiusplaats 1, 1018 LL Amsterdam

    Its creative atmosphere and post-industrial feel mark Roest out from other city beaches, lending it a lo-fi, youthful vibe.

    The eclectic programme runs from album launches to afrobeat nights; look out, too for markets, theatre and film screenings. Don’t miss the excellent restaurant, based in an old gas factory.

  • Sloterplas Swimming Beach

    Sloterpark, President Allendelaan 3, 1064 GW Amsterdam

    This tranquil, family-friendly beach is found in leafy Sloterpark, in Amsterdam’s Niew-West district.

    With designated zones for swimming, volleyball equipment and picnic tables, it’s easy to while away a day here– especially if you combine the beach with a bike ride around the park’s trails.

  • Het Stenen Hoofd

    Westerdoksdijk 705-C, 1013 BX Amsterdam

    There’s always a cool breeze – and lots of locals – at this small, clean beach.

    Not far from Centraal Station, it’s actually more of a sandy, grassy pier, jutting out into the river. It’s known for its programme of cultural events, including the Pluk de Nacht open-air film nights; grab a deckchair and a beer, and settle in for the evening.