Volendam was once the port of Edam. It is located along the Ijsselmeer River, which was abandoned after the construction of a new port near the hotel. These lands were then occupied by farmers and fishermen who eventually form the community of Volendam. Their wooden houses follow the tradition of the people from North Holland, and the later constructed streets have narrow channels along them. You can notice in the external decorations of houses some manicured Swedish family names. But Volendam is a tourist town with about 200,000 inhabitants. The pier with restaurants and bars suit all tastes. There are also many shops where you can find local crafts, lace and cheese which tastes a bit like Edam. Its port gives access by boat to the island of Marken which is 15 minutes away and is definately another gorgeous place to visit.
This is a perfect biking excursion from Amsterdam. From behind Central Station, you can take the ferry across Waterland. The bike route to the area's villages will be enjoyed from start to finish. There are channels, pastures, and cows viewed from an easy course because everything in Holland is flat. On the way to Edam, a beautiful town famous for its cheese, there are charming villages like Broeck in waterland, Monickendam, and Marken. Once there, there are friendly people, and it's well worth a visit if you spend a few days in Amsterdam.
On our last trip to Holland, thanks to the Office of Tourism of Holland, we saw one of the best known farms close to Amsterdam, dedicated to the manufacturing of cheese and clogs, typically Dutch. The Farm Alida Hoeve, is near Volendam, and has a tour where they explain the basics of cheese making. There are many types, flavored with chilli, cumin, herbs, smoked .... apart from Gouda. At the end of the explanation there was a tasting, and we saw not only the difference in taste, but texture, according to their greater or lesser degree of healing. Here we witness the process of making wooden clogs. An article with several centuries of history. Surprisingly, despite the tourist thing we may seem, the vast majority of production is for the domestic market. Clogs are, for climatic reasons, and practices, where the cold freezes the fields an essential complement to the work and life in the field. Today they also have decorative purposes, highlighting, in our view the decorated in white and blue, but a matter of taste. In any case, if you are in these parts, an interesting visit. The video you can see it in HD at the following link: - http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=9EGOpW3HTk4&hd=1