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I visited Ameland several times


Ameland is one of the five barrier-islands (or Wadden-islands) in the north of the Netherlands, on the "inner" side touching the Wadden-Sea and on the north side touching the North Sea. Ameland has a maximum length and width of about 25 and 5 kilometers, respectively. The population stands at about 3,500. Politically, the island is a community inside the province of Friesland.

Ameland has a moderate climate with precipitation in all seasons, like the climate of the rest of Northwestern Europe. During the summer months, the amount of sunshine is substantially higher than on the adjoining mainland, whereas the average temperature is slightly lower.

The landscape consists of one sandy beach over the entire length of the "outer" (north) side of the island, sand dunes, salt marches, cultivated polders and a dyke on the south shore. The island has four beautiful villages with many traditional houses.

People, economy
Ameland has been inhabited for centuries. Throughout the centuries, the people have never been able to live from their limited amount of land. And so, other income sources were fishing and wrecking. Some islanders - especially in the 18th century - were active on the merchant fleet and whaling fleet.

Travel and tourism
On Ameland you can walk, cycle (dozens of kilometers of bike paths!), watch flowers and birds and seals or just relax. There are interesting museums: two in Hollum village (a general one and one about lifeguards), one in Nes Village (a nature centre) and one in Buren village (about farming and wrecking). There is plenty of accommodation in various sorts and price classes. For tourist visits, see .
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