🚴 Tulips route by bike
Are you thinking about going on a biking route in The Netherlands? I recommend you one of the most beautiful routes, one in which you can see the famous tulip fields! Nowadays, these flowers have become a national symbol (although they come from Turkey) so it’s a must-see.
But, where is the best place to see them? It’s in the Bulb Region, around these towns: Lisse, Noordwijk, Hillegom, and others nearby. So, the route I recommend goes along this area. In fact, the well-known garden called Keukenhof is located in Lisse. This place has 32 hectares of flowers, surprising inspirational gardens, a special Tulip mania exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion, etc. It’s an option to see tulips by foot. You can read more about the garden on the official page.
I provide you a gpx file so you can easily follow the route using your mobile phone. You just keep in mind that the best months to see them are April and May, although it depends on the weather of that year. Don’t worry, I will give some tips to know the best weeks to do the route 😉
➽ Tips for the tulips cycling route
1. The best time to see tulips.
There are two important webs where you can check the status of the flowers:
– These pages from Tulips in Holland website: When are the tulips in bloom in 2018? and Weekly tulips and flower update 2018.
– The next website informs you about the locations where the most beautiful fields are flowering. I think it is a new website, maybe available since last year: Flower Radar.
2. Windy Day.
When you go by bike, the wind can be very annoying. After several experiences, I can say that, if the wind blows stronger than 30 km/h, going by bike is unpleasant. That is not common in April or May but it’s worth to mention it just in case.
Tip: choose a not very windy day.
3. Book a bike in advance.
If you want to rent a bike you have to do it in advance because those days are always busy, and all the bikes may have been rented before you arrive.
4. Food, drinks, sun cream and swimsuit!
I always take my own food, but there are some restaurants (and an ice-cream parlor) near the beach and other places in the way. Besides, if the weather is good you can take a break and swim in the sea (don’t expect the water to be warm).
I suggest you to bring a water bottle and sun cream because, although the route is not too long, you will need them.
5. Be respectful of the tulip fields.
I know it’s obvious but flower fields are private property, so please respect ‘do not enter’ signs and fences. If you are able to go into the flower fields (many are accessible), please be considerate of their hard work.
➽ How to do the tulips route? – Map and gpx file
There are many possibilities to do a good route, with many bike paths and ways in this area. I show you mine on the map below. I suggest you to follow mine because it’s an improved version of an official route but, if you want, you can do some detours. It depends on how the flowering fields will be (you have already read about flowering in the tips).
Click on the next link to download the route we did, this includes all the points mentioned in this post. Keep in mind that on the map you see different colors and icons but on your phone app these characteristics might not be available. In your phone, points may only have one color and one icon.
The route starts in Noordwijkerhout at the rental shop called Rent-a-Bike van Dam. We did the route in a clockwise direction. The way goes along bike paths and narrow roads. Besides of tulips, we saw dunes and we took a break in the beach.
How do you use the GPX file on your mobile phone?
First, you need an offline map app which allows the GPX format. I use OsmAnd. The app hasn’t maps so you should download the map area of the route following its options. Next, you open the file with the app (you can send it by email and when you open it, the app should appear). You should check that you can see the route with your device. Now, you’re ready to use the phone as GPS!
Now, where do I get a bike? There are two options:
1. You can take your bike from home and start the route in the Hillegom Station. It means about 1,6 km more.
2. You can rent a bike in the shop Rent-a-Bike van Dam in Noordwijkerhout and start the route there, that’s what we did.
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