De Alde Feanen National Park is centrally located between Drachten and Leeuwarden. There are a number of idyllic villages within the park, each with its own character and history. This history is often closely related to that of De Alde Feanen itself, and reflected in the villages, which have strong links to nature and water.  

Thanks to the many associations in every village, there is always something to do; sailing traditional ‘skûtsjes’, special exhibitions, excursions and lectures are just some of the options. The villages are also excellent starting and resting points when you’re travelling through De Alde Feanen, whether by bike, sloop, SUP board, skate, canoe or on foot; in the villages, you’ll find out all there is to do and see.


Water sports village which also holds an annual skûtsje regatta. Shopping, good food, sailing, cycling, cruises; Grou has it all.


Annual events: the fair and skûtsje sailing. Conveniently, there are supermarkets in Earnewâld!


This village is famous from the book ‘Afke’s Tiental’, written by Nienke van Hichtum. Unusual: Wergea is one of the few small villages in Friesland with two church towers.


Despite Goëngahuizen being such a small village having fewer than a hundred inhabitants, it boasts three windmills. All three are polder mills with a post mill design.

De Veenhoop

De Veenhoop is a crossroads of waterways where water sports enthusiasts can relax, and cyclists and walkers enjoy all the comings and goings on the water.


A number of special walks and cycle rides start out from this picturesque village. Fun things to do: there is an ice-cream farm in Oudega with homemade products, a museum and a harbour.


A small village with a large marina and lots of berths for temporary stays. The terraces on the water in the village are ideal for a relaxing break.

Foto: Hoge Noorden/Jaap Schaaf