Noordwijk is a town and municipality in the west of the Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The municipality covers an area of of which is water and had a population of in.The municipality of Noordwijk consists of the communities Noordwijk aan Zee and Noordwijk-Binnen, separated by a narrow green belt.Besides its beaches, Noordwijk is also known for its bulb flower fields. It is located in an area called the "Dune and Bulb Region" (Duin- en Bollenstreek).Noordwijk is also the location of the headquarters for the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), part of the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA's visitors' centre Space Expo is a permanent space exhibition.Noordwijk facts coast line from Amsterdam from Schiphol airport from The Hague from Rotterdam Airport 14 camp sites in the region ± 1 million overnight stays per year Number of hotels/B&B beds: ± 3,400 No. 2 congress destination in the Netherlands ± 251 international congresses per year Home to the ESA/ESTEC (European Space Research and Technology Centre) In 2012 Noordwijk has received the QualityCoast Gold Award for its efforts to become a sustainable tourism destination. Because of this award Noordwijk has been selected for inclusion in the global atlas for sustainable tourism DestiNet.