Texel is an island made for cycling with beautifully landscaped bike paths in a very varied landscape. In a relatively small area there are many different landscape forms. On the west side of the island you will find for example dunes, dune valleys, mixed forests, salt marshes and moors. On the east side of the island you will find a vast salt marsh area and several smaller nature reserves that provide nesting and feeding places for numerous birds. In the middle of the island a light rolling and open countryside with farms, polders, meadows and meadow bird sanctuaries.