Edam-Volendam is a municipality in the Waterland region in the Dutch province of North Holland on the Markermeer. Those who want to see the real beauty of Holland go to Edam and Volendam. Volendam is Holland’s best-known fishing village. It’s famous for its splendid harbour, fishing trade, authentic Dutch character and traditional clothing. Cheese is the first thing that springs to mind when most people think of Edam. This small town, which sits on the bank of the Markermeer, North of Amsterdam, produces a brand of cheese that’s beloved by food fans from around the world. Although Edam is known for its cheese today, it was once an industrious shipyard and port. That's why, in the 17th century, the town's specialty became one of the most popular cheeses in the world.