texel is the largest of the dutch wadden or frisian islands and the closest to the mainland. the ferry crossing takes less than twenty minutes. perhaps that is why texel has traditionally been the most touristy of all islands and mainly attracts people with a limited budget.
tourism provided the islanders – previously mainly (sheep) farmers and fishermen – with prosperity and a high level of facilities. but the ever-growing flow of tourists also causes crowds and nuisance.
more and more accommodations for guests are being built, and where in the past ‘bathing guests’ only visited the island during the summer season, texel is now flooded with tourists all year round.
dissatisfaction is increasing, especially among residents who do not work in tourism but only benefit indirectly from it. texel – affectionately called the golden globule by residents because the lump of sand as seen from fishing boats lights up so beautifully in the sun – is increasingly losing its original character.