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 ZeePampuslaan 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.
PllekTt. 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 RoestAmsterdam 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 BeachSloterpark, 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 HoofdWesterdoksdijk 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.
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