PHOTO ESSAY | Texel Island
by Curro de la Villa
by Lily McFly
The island of Texel is the largest of the five Dutch Wadden Island. Pronounced as Tes-sel by locals, this sand kindom was originally made up of two islands, Texel in the south and Eierland in the northeast, which were connected by shoals. In the seventeenth century, the islands were poldered together. Today, Texel forms the largest natural barrier between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea. Curro de la Villa, contributing photographer of Aesthetist Mag, caught the beauty of the island on his camera.
DUNES OF TEXEL
The dunes of Texel are on the west side of the island. Every dune area contains rather large differences in flora. These are caused by the humidity level and the climate, but mainly by the amount of limestone in the dunes. The dunes of Texel do not contain any limestone in principle, but the content may vary strongly.
In the older dunes, the limestone has sunk to the deeper layers of soil over the course of the years. Therefore, these dunes are covered with plants that do not require a lot of calcium, such as sand sedge. The combined influences of wind, salt water, climate and animals make the National Park Dunes of Texel a unique nature reserve.
NORTH SEA SURFING
Texel is one of the places in The Netherlands which picks up a lot of swell, and the North Sea coastline is suitable for the sport.
EIERLAND LIGHT HOUSE
153 steps to the top of the island for the best views of the North Sea
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