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I visited Texel several times

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Texel is one of the five barrier-islands (or Wadden-islands) in the north of the Netherlands, on the "inner" (eastern) side touching the Wadden-Sea and on the other (western) side touching the North Sea. Texel has a maximum length and width of about 30 and 10 kilometers, respectively. The population stands at about 14,000. Politically, the island is a community inside the province of North Holland.

Texel 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" (west) side of the island. The island also has many sand dunes. Further to the east we find cultivated polders and a dyke on the east shore. The island has various beautiful villages with many traditional houses.

People, economy
Texel has been inhabited for centuries. The people used to live from farming, fishing and wrecking. Some islanders - especially in the 18th century - were active on the merchant fleet and whaling fleet. In the 17th and 18th centuries Texel was also an important "station" for ships sailing from Holland to the East Indies; near the village of Oudeschild we can still find the remains of a fortress from that era.

Travel and tourism
On Texel you can walk, cycle (dozens of kilometres of bike paths!), watch flowers and birds and seals or just relax. There are interesting museums: Ecomare (a "station" for wounded or sick seabirds and seals), an antiquities museum in Den Burg, a farmer's museum in De Waal and a large open air museum in Oudeschild (about wrecking and handicrafts). Between the villages of Den Burg and De Koog there is another wrecker's museum. At the airport (for individual planes only) there is an interesting aircraft museum. There is plenty of accommodation, see (with much information in English).
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