The overnight stay in the sandy dune!
A large part of the coastline of the island Texel is covered by sand. By my opinion, our campsite had most of that! That is meant in a good way!
Most organized camp sited I have been to (not that I am an experienced camper) have been situated in a more or less flat, grass covered area. Texelcamping Kogerstrand was nothing like what I have seen before. By first glimpse it seemed like people had just set up their tents anywhere, but we soon realized that it was all a part of a thorough system.
All the possible camping spots (of different sizes) were marked by numbers. You could also get electricity on some of them, but mark that you either have to bring your own converter, or buy one in the reception.
We decided to go for one without electricity, and were assigned spot nr 40 on the right side of the reception.
The camping is car free, but you are granted permission to enter by car twice during your stay; when you arrive and when you depart so you can unload and reload. The car is parked free on designated areas.
Driving through the camping we soon realized that some were way more serious campers than we were. With big tents and cable TV, they were set for the whole season, and more to come.
Arriving at our campsite, the wind decided to challenge us. Setting camp in a sandy dune as the wind work against you is not the best trick for the inexperienced. But we managed to put in all the plugs to keep it down. For a while, at least. It might be out of inexperience, but we felt that we had to go check on the plugs every occasionally to be sure. And they were certainly spread all over from time to time, so our worries were not without reason. With that said, it was an exceptional windy day.
As I love the sea, we got some beers and wine and found shelter from the wind between the beach houses. Just appreciating the peaceful moment with the waves dying of at the beach and a person walking the dog occasionally passing by. And enjoyed the sunset, off course!
There were several facility houses on the campsite, and we never experienced any queue. For showering, we needed to top up our shower cards we got during check in. The price was 0.40 Euro per minute and it counts down as the water run. The toilets are nice and clean as well.
Grocery stores, restaurants and bars are within short walking distance, and the beach is just over the hill, so if you are going camping on Texel, I would really recommend Texelcamping Kogerstrand.