DELFT TRAVEL GUIDE
Nicknamed the City of Orange through its ties with Prince William of Orange, Delft is situated between Rotterdam and the beachside resort of The Hague.
This stunningly well preserved city is world famous for its Royal Delft hand painted 16th century pottery and moreish cuisine. It was also once the home of Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer, whose iconic painting the Girl With the Pearl Earring is a source of local pride.
With so much culture, architecture and great food to discover, your only regret will be that you hadn't heard of Delft sooner. Hop on board a ferry to Holland with P&Otoday and see this magical city up close.
As a town centuries old, Delft boasts some gorgeous architectural wonders. A boat trip along the Oude Delft canal is an essential activity on any visitor's itinerary, allowing you to cruise past many of the city's most beautiful landmarks.
If you're on foot, head first to the main square to marvel at its Gothic tower and the striking Renaissance Town Hall. The next stop should be to see the fairy tale spires of the Oostpoort, or East Gate, which are a short distance away from the leafy Botanical Gardens.
The city's fun open air markets are a great place to pick up some locally produced gifts too, and each Thursday and Sunday, streets are transformed with stalls set up along the canals. The largest general market is held in the main square, and features over 150 stalls selling everything from antiques to fresh produce.
Join one of the many local tours of Delft and neighbouring Rotterdam and The Hague, to get under the skin of the region.
Rich Dutch History
The city of Delft is rich in heritage, with plenty of houses, gorgeous churches and fascinating museums to discover.
One of its most popular attractions is the Royal Dutch Delftware Manufactory, which produces the iconic white and blue ceramic plates the city is famous for. Having been operating since 1653, it offers a fascinating insight into the design process and the intricate crafting methods used. You can even watch one of their artists painstakingly hand paint a ceramic in front of your very eyes, and make sure you keep an eye out for the patterns owned by the Dutch Royal Family throughout your visit.
Food & drinks
Delft is renowned as being one of the finest places to dinenorth of the country's major rivers. The terraced restaurants in the market square are great for alfresco drinks and relaxed dining, letting visitors see another angle of the town hall and the tall Nieuwe Kerk. Further outdoor relaxation can be found at the cafés on the Heilige Geestkerkhof, where you can spot the Gothic Oude Kerk, and at the enormous open air Beestenmarkt with its great sycamore trees.
For cosy dining spots, head indoors and help yourself to some of the nation's incredible pancakes, or splash out with an indulgent high tea course, served on the city's iconic Delft blue crockery.
Explore this captivating city yourself by catching a ferry to Netherlands with P&O.