Tucked away in the northern province of Friesland in the Netherlands, Makkum is a gem waiting to be discovered. Known for its picturesque charm, it is a perfect blend of traditional Dutch culture, serene landscapes, and of course, its access to the IJsselmeer lake, making it an ideal destination for a houseboat holiday.
A houseboat vacation in Makkum offers a unique perspective of life on the water. Imagine waking up to the gentle lapping of waves against your houseboat, breakfast with panoramic views of the expansive IJsselmeer lake, and the freedom to dip your feet in the water whenever you please. The fun of renting a houseboat here is in the ability to cast off your moorings and explore the surrounding waters at your leisure, and all while enjoying the comforts of home.
These aren't just your standard houseboats; they come equipped with all the modern amenities you could need, from fully-stocked kitchens to cosy bedrooms and, of course, spacious decks perfect for soaking up the Dutch sun. Some houseboats also offer extras such as bicycles or canoes, providing more opportunities for fun-filled adventures.
Renting a houseboat in Makkum is not just about enjoying life on the water, but also experiencing local Dutch culture. Known for its pottery, the town is home to the Royal Tichelaar Makkum, the oldest company in the Netherlands, where you can marvel at the traditional Dutch craft. And don’t forget to try the local delicacy, 'Makkumer Brok', a delicious spiced cake.
Despite its tranquil setting, Makkum is just a short drive from some of the Netherlands' most vibrant cities, including Leeuwarden and Groningen, meaning that cultural excursions and city sightseeing can easily be added to your itinerary.