Katwijk by the Sea

Het schitterende duin van Katwijk met de zee en de Andreaskerk op de achtergrond.

Mount the dunes, look around you and notice how time stands still. The wide beach, the quaint little houses on the beach, the simple Andreas church, the frill-free architecture and the serenity - they all take us back decades. No wonder Katwijk is still loved by artists.

Art in Katwijk

Nineteenth and twentieth century artists Jan Toorop painted here, Willy Sluiter and Jozef Israels. Their work is now at display in national and international musea. But also contemporary artists such as Justine Albronda, Joanna Quispel en Jeroen Hermkens recognize and paint the beauty of this old fisherman’s town.

Each year during Katwijk en plein air, Kunstvereeniging Katwijk invites artists to picture the town in their own way. The result is a stunning gallery of local beauty.

Find yourself enchanted by a painting?
You just might be able to purchase it. After all it's Katwijk. It's not in a museum yet.

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Beach life in Katwijk, painting by Justine Albronda.

Awarded parking
Even the new garage deserves your undivided attention. Designed by the engineers of Royal Haskoning DHV, this large parking is subtly hidden in the dunes, only popping up occasionally in the form of slender entrance buildings in glass and corten steel. A jewel in the dunes. What’s more – after all, we’re in a religious fisherman’s town- parking is free on Sunday.

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The dunes hide a large parking garage. Elegant, isn't it? Thanks to Royal Haskoning DHV.

A treat for future archaeologists
When the dunes were dug out to make room for the new parking garage, local artists were asked to paint their interpretation of Katwijk. Not on canvas, but directly onto the concrete that would be buried by sand and parking. The result is a hidden gem for future archaeologists to be scrutinized and interpreted. To be continued …

Foto: Dirk van Egmond.