Zandvoort is a beach resort on the coast of Kennemerland in the province of North-Holland in The Netherlands. As beach resorts go, Zandvoort is not a very pretty town, the coastal strip being filled up with unattractive apartment blocks and holiday homes. However, the beach is broad and friendly, with many beach pavilions where you can have a drink or bite in both Summer and Winter. And once you have left the bustle behind, the coastal dunes are waiting to be explored.
Zandvoort was originally a fishermen's village, already mentioned in 1100. From the 19th century onwards, beach tourism became its main reason of existence. The first bath house was opened in 1828, and when the town was connected to Haarlem by railway in 1881 it quickly grew into the most important beach resort in The Netherlands. Most of the architecture in the current town is the result of the post-1950s boom in beach tourism, also since much of the town was damaged during the Second World War when the beach strip was integrated in the Atlantik Wall (the German defense system against a British invasion).