Your self-catering holiday in Holland

Especially if you enjoy outdoor life and athletic activities – for example water sports. If you would rather spend your holiday relaxing, the Netherlands are also a prime choice. You can enjoy interesting cafés, canal tours, beaches and the charming villages. If you are interested in Dutch culture, you can explore the innumerable museums and galleries, the fascinating architecture and the almost 300 castles. There are the large cities such as Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam, however there are also very characteristic cities such as Workum, Thorn, Valkenburg and Volendam all worth a visit. Before you set off, read a little about our top tips and facts you might find come in handy on your self-catering holiday in Holland.

Quick facts about Holland

The kingdom of the Netherlands is a sovereign state with approximately 17,100,475 inhabitants and a very flat, largely agricultural landscape, making it ideal for walking and cycling holidays. Holland is a former province on the western coast of the Netherlands, but often people use Holland interchangably to describe the entire Netherlands. The capital of Holland (and the Netherlands) is Amsterdam, whilst Rotterdam and the Hague are Hollands second and third largest cities respectively. Dutch is the main language of the Netherlands, whilst Frisian and Papiamento are also recognised officially. If planning a self-catering holiday in Holland you may also be glad to know that English is widely recognised.

Geography of Holland

Even though the Holland (or rather The Netherlands) is geographically a small country, you can find a wide range sceneries and outdoor activities in Holland The landscape is characterised by dams, land drainage systems, agriculture and foundation of towns and infrastructure. A massive clearing of forest throughout time has resulted in a Dutch nature, consisting largely of cultivated area, grass and heath. Since that, many areas have been reforested. The original landscape in the Netherlands has therefore almost vanished. A large part of the Netherlands is below the surface of the ocean and is protected by dams against the slowly rising sea. The Delta Project in the province Zeeland is known for a part of this system. Zuid-Limburg is the most hilly part of the Netherlands. Here you can find the highest point Vaalserberg, 321 m above sea level. Visit these different areas on your self-catering holidays:

Self-catering Holland with your family pets

The Netherlands is a very pet ​​friendly country for a holiday with your favourite four-legged friend and family! The Dutch are generally quite liberal and accepting of animals as part of some people’s day-to-day lives and this extends to other areas of your holiday, like public transport, going for walks on the beach and eating out. NOVASOL’s range of Utrecht accommodation and holiday homes in the Hague really reflects this attitude, with many allowing pets to stay with you free of charge whilst you are self-catering in Holland. Just search and book a property with the ‘Pet friendly’ symbol on our website.

Dog friendly cottages

Between September and October to April, your dog can run wild and enjoy the space and freedom on all Dutch beaches near your holiday homes in Holland. However, a few rules do apply when walking your dog on the beach. Please note that although dogs can walk freely on the beaches, this is not necessarily true in the dunes. You are better off having your dog on a leash near the dunes and it is important to avoid disturbing swimmers and other dogs. In midsummer, the public beaches are mostly prohibited for dogs from 10:00 to 18:00, but why not visit the Wadden Islands whilst on your dog-friendly holidays for almost beaches almost unlimited to dogs all year round.

Entry requirements for pet friendly cottages

In most cases, dogs in Amsterdam, Hague or Utrecht accommodation can go to restaurants, but do ask first. Small dogs may use public transport for free with a leash. Larger dogs may go with a reduced ticket with owner and leash. As of when this was written, all breeds of dog are allowed but please check current laws carefully before leaving for your holiday homes in Holland. The usual EU rules for entry of dogs, cats and ferrets:

Service - Why NOVASOL?

Whether you are looking for Utrecht accommodation, an apartment in Amsterdam or a unique cottage in the Hague, you are unlikely to fall short of things to do in Holland. Simply read through our information about the country for some inspiration and then find the ideal place to stay on our webite. With almost 50 years' experience, NOVASOL is the perfect place to find just what you are looking for. Search online 24/7, order one of our brochures straight to your door, or call one of our customer service agents who would be happy to help you book. If you have queries whilst you are staying at your NOVASOL holiday lettings in Holland, our fully staffed local offices are on hand to help.