Varel sits at the southern end of the shallow Jade Bay, where a large bay formed centuries ago as storm waters flooded the area. Dikes were built in the early 18th century to maintain the integrity of lands nearby, and the shores are now protected as part of the Wadden Sea National Park.
One of your primary destinations here is the Nordseebad Dangast, a resort made popular by its beaches, dike walks, and boating opportunities within a Frisian fishing village atmosphere.
This is also a spa location, where you can relax in an aromatic bath, have a pleasing massage or sign up for a fitness program, including yoga lessons.
Camping is possible right on the coast, and many recreational activities are available at no charge. These include swimming, low-tide hiking, biking along the levees, and long walks in the fresh breezes, as well as jogging and inline skating along the levy.
You may want to try horseback riding, fishing or wind surfing, too. And also take advantage of the resort’s facilities for mini-golf, sunbathing, indoor games and, of course, dining.
After a fun-filled day, what better way is there to unwind than at a family-style restaurant, a cozy bistro or friendly pub. Enjoy culinary delights from around the world, if you choose, but remember the local seafood on the menu is a must.
Be sure to do some sightseeing during your visit. Attractions worth a look are the Castle Church in what is left of the 18th-century Varel Castle; the Varel Windmill, built in the Dutch style in 1848; the Heritage Museum, established in 1921; and the old Water Tower, offering tremendous views of the town and port from 56 meters about the ground.
Spijöök is one other museum you will want to see, located in the harbor area and dedicated to the curiosities and legends of local seaman. You can expect an imaginative presentation of bizarre objects from Frisian seafaring, and the guided tour is peppered with comedy — a very entertaining experience!