Even though I’m getting a little ahead of myself, today I thought I’d share a little summer in the city hommage with you guys. ‘Cause although it officially is still Spring and the 20th of June is a couple of weeks away still, the sweet weather is telling us something slightly different. So today, I’d love to share with you guys 7 reasons as to why this sunny season is the favourite one for many locals of Amsterdam.
1. Spending the day at the park
Two weeks ago, I told you about the great “city gardens” of Amsterdam. Parks might be the favourite sunny day hangout of many locals. Lately, I even read that it is scientifically proven that if you spend a few hours a week in a green/nature setting, one becomes happier version of him/herself. This also has to do with the fact that a great deal of the city’s inhabitants unfortunately does not have the luxury of having a backyard. However, if you add a few beers to the (park)picture, maybe a little barbecue dinner (see my previous blog) and some loved ones, I am positive that you will have a great and easy-going day.
2. Swimming alfresco
Some truly love it, other love it a little less. I am not talking about pools, but I am talking about swimming in natural waters, like a lake or rivers. The Dutch and their dikes/water are an everlasting match obviously, so many people like to cool off in the open-air waters on a sunny day. Examples of such spots are Gasperplas, Sloterplas and Amsterdam forest.
If you look at a map, Amsterdam is not directly located next to the sea. However, as I live in such a small country, and many of my fellow “Amsterdammers” do agree with me that the beaches are really close by. One beach is might as well called “Amsterdam” beach. And naturally, beaches are always a great place to unwind, but with the sun around, it often is a little more enjoyable. And on rare tropical days, don’t be surprised if you find some people cooling down in the sea. My personal favourite beaches around are Noordwijk, Zandvoort aan Zee and Blijburg.
4. Endless sights on rooftops
Amsterdam has lovely views. However, sometimes, a little height helps to make it even more impressive. Luckily, my city knows many great rooftops and sometimes these places even host rooftop cinema’s, which is when your concentration will be tested, cause a movie is nice and all, but those sights have never ceased to amaze. Or maybe enjoy a bite and cocktail, or two. My recommendation? Keep an eye open to the event calendars for a special night out.
As of the 1st of June, many terraces will open again for the Summer season. It’s a habit many Dutchies seem to have: indulging in a few drinks while catching up and enjoying the surroundings. It’s lounging, but then not on your couch. Mine are obviously those in my neighbourhood, such as Kessens, Café ‘T Smalle (right next/on the water) and Brandstof!
I love markets all year, every day of the week. However, I do enjoy it just a little better with some sun rays on my face. Whether you need to do some groceries or you’re looking for a lovely vintage gift, I often tend to find what I’ve subconsciously been longing for at the markets. Some of my favourite markets include the Noordermarket, Lindenmarket and the Sunday Markets, that are often held near Westergas.
This one simply and obviously couldn’t be left out. Amsterdammers love it, as together, on a daily basis, the city’s inhabitants cycle a distance of 2 million kilometers! It’s how we commute, but especially during summer, it’s also a way to spend your free time. When the sun is out, and you are looking to get some physical activity in, there are endless lovely routes and destinations to visit by bike. Name for example some of the “greenery” just outside Amsterdam, that I talked about last week.
As the sun often rises around 5AM and sets around 10PM during these months, imagine all the lovely ways in which you get to enjoy my great love, Amsterdam.
And that’s it for today folks. Have a great one and enjoy!