IJsselmeer shores

Welcome to the beach of Waterland. The Frisian IJsselmeer shoreline stretches all the way from Makkum to Lemmer. This is not just a beach for a breezy walk or sunbathing, as it also features old Hanseatic cities, water sports villages, beach clubs to celebrate the good life, and very unique countryside. Spectacular coastlines with three small cliffs and nature areas such as the 'Bocht van Molkwar' and the 'Warkumerwaard' attract the most beautiful birds. Feel like getting active? Why not try kitesurfing, for example, at one of the 7 kitesurf hotspots. A playground, or boarterplak as we say in Friesland, for sporty people!

The bend at Molkwar

There's a sturdy wind blowing in the 'Bocht fan Molkwar', a stretch of countryside managed by It Fryske Gea, the provincial association for nature conservation in Friesland. From the birdwatching shelter called De Swan near the village of Molkwerum, you can clearly see the influence of the wind. Is there a westerly wind? It will push up water levels to flood the sandbanks, reducing the size of the islands and limiting the space for birds. The cormorants, seagulls and common terns then all jostle for the remaining spots. As soon as the wind turns to the east, water levels subside and the silt and sand banks reappear. The birds can once again relax and enjoy the space. Around April, as many as 15,000 ruffs sometimes arrive here to spend the night in the 'Bocht fan Molkwar'!