Many of Alkmaar - North-Kennemerland’s most interesting sights are near to Castricum, so it is a convenient place to base yourself. Among the most interesting places to explore are the marvelous Zaanse Schans and the fantastic Zaans Museum. Two other interesting attractions within a short distance of Castricum are Noordhollands Duinreservaat and Bergen-aan-Zee Beach.
Stop by some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make the area such a rewarding holiday destination. Learn, admire and discover in the various museums including Stedelijk Museum in Alkmaar and the Gemeentemuseum Het Sterkenhuis in Bergen.
When it’s time to escape the bustling streets of Alkmaar - North-Kennemerland, head to the nearby outdoor areas. There are no shortage of gardens and parks, so why not take a break in the Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland in Haarlem.
Spend an evening with fellow sports fans at AFAS Stadium, Alkmaar, cheering on the much-loved AZ Alkmaar. On match days follow the procession of red and white, to the stadium, then after the final whistle blows, join local soccer lovers in the nearby pubs and relive the games finest moments over a few cold beers.
After enjoying the charms of Castricum, put up your feet and relax in one of the area’s popular bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or short-stay apartments. The Bastion Hotel Haarlem/Velsen, Santpoort-Noord, the Amrath Hotel Alkmaar and the Van Der Valk Hotel Akersloot are among the best places to stay while you are enjoying this special area.