Monumental cities, attractive terraces, cosy restaurants, interesting musea, many events…. Zeeland has it al!
Noord-Beveland, is the smallest island of the Province of Zeeland. This relatively unknown island is in many ways a surprising discovery, not only for visitors in search of peace and quiet but also for active holidaymakers with children. Centrally located between Goes, Zierikzee and Middelburg: an ideal place your start of discovery.
like Goes, Middelburg, Vlissingen and
Zierikzee are interesting places with a rich history, many historical buildings
and monuments and therefor worth a visit. All these cities have many lovely terraces,
cosy restaurants and a delightful shopping area.
Belgium places like Antwerp, Gent and Bruges are not far away by trespassing the Western Scheldt tunnel.
Nisse (one of the most beautiful villages of Zeeland)
and also the pretty Dreischor were originally a villages
that formed round the church. However, the ring has since merged with the big
village square. An ancient cattle drinking place lies at its edge.
Don't miss: Veere. This mall place was an important city in the 16th century. When you walk now through the harbour and trading town of Veere, it seems like walking through an open-air museum.
At Mini Mundi you will find Zeeland in miniature.
Ports, Harbours, shipyards:
will find many different ports in Zeeland. Lively pleasure-boot harbours, small
cosy city harbours and even silted harbours, which are out of use.
The Industrial ports in Vlissingen and Terneuzen (with its enormous lock complex), where many types of cargo are being handled, can be discovered by a harbour tour.
The salty kitchen of Zeeland
Try lobster that comes straight from the Oosterschelde, have some mussels, a portion cockles, a fish soup or a portion of shrimps. Complete your meal with healthy local seaweeds or with some special salty vegetables like sea lavender or sea kraal (marsh samphire), plants which grow on bare spots and at the edges of marshes. Yerseke is world famous for its mussel- and oyster cultures and hosts the first and only mussel auction in the world. You can visite the oyster basins in the harbour.
Rather sweet or alcoholic delights?..
Something worthwhile to try is a local beer, a Dutch gin with seaweeds or a
local wine. (due to a warmer climate over here in the middle Ages, there were then
several wine yards! Now they made a comeback)
If you like sweets: then we recommend the chocolates of "het chocoladewinkeltje", the "Zeeuwse bolus" (a sticky sweet bread roll with brown sugar) or the famous, "roomboterbabbelaar" (a kind of candy made by real butter).
Gardens & nurseries-The "Zeeuwse Rozentuin" is a well-know 10 acres garden with a divers variety of roses and clematis. Many gardens (public as well as private) and nurseries can be visited. There are also some joint open-garden-days: End of April "bulbs-route" Oostkapelle,in June Veere town garden days, 3th weekend of June the "garden days of Zeeland".
_Terra Maris (Oostkapelle) has a large landscape garden with a nature museum. The fruit cultivation museum in Kapelle tells you everything about fruits and fruit growing in Zeeland
- The borders of many akers of North Beveland are seeded with wild flowers to encourage the insect and other wild lilfe.
MillsIn Zeeland are still 75 mills to be seen. They have been used for milling grain or rapeseed. Many are open to the public (look for the blue flag!)
At Noord Beveland you will find several flourmills. In Wissenkerke: "de Onderneming" (1860) and "Landzicht". At Colijnsplaat: mill "Nooitgedacht" and "de Oudemolen" (the oldest Mill of Zeeland). At Kortgene: 'De Korenbloem' (1873).
In Vlissingen, at Oranje-Mill you will find an exhibition of the 2nd World War. The Allied Forces landed here, and called this area "Uncle Beach'. Nearby you find a Biber (one-person German submarine).
- In Serooskerke Mill De Jonge Johannes is now a children's playground with restaurant.
Zeeland has several lighthouses. Some you can visit. Westerlicht near Burgh-Haamstede and Zuiderhoofd in Westkapelle are among the province's most famous lighthouses. Already the Romans put lighthouses and beacons along the Dutch coast . The lighthouses have different building styles and have all its own light: so that sailors know where they are, and can sail safely along the shore.
The famous Delta Works:
Most of Zeeland is at or under sea level. After tremendous amount of damages
of the dikes during the second world war and the North Sea floods of 1953: Dutch
authorities decided to construct effective coastal defences.This is known as: the
Delta works. During many years they created and restored several defences: dikes,
Musea & Art
Zeeland is perhaps a small province, but it has a diversity of musea (about 45). You even can visit the inside of some very old boats or make a trip with
an old steam train. Many musea offer special children's activities or discovery
explorations. (for example: cow-milking at the Meestoof museum) .
There are many art expositions in the vicinity as well as art events and art tours. At these days a wide range of art forms are exhibited at fascinating locations, often in the houses or gardens of the artists themselves. The perfect place to find handmade gifts, unique pieces, jewellery, paintings, drawings, sculptures and more..
In summer as well as in the rest of the year many events are organised.
Sports events like the coastal marathon, organised bike tours, nature
excursions. But also Garden fairs, food truck festivals, music and
dance events. You will surely have no dull day!
You might not be up for taking home a 19th Century old Armoire as a souvenir, but the antique markets, flea markets, brocante-fairs and garage sales will definitely tempt you with endless smaller items, curios and collectables.
Look for a calendar at: VVV Zeeland.
Nostalgia & Traditions
Sometimes you will come across
a lady in national costume. This heavy but lovely disappears more and
more. But some costume societies keep the tradition going. Also in some museums
you will find the different styles of regional dress on the islands. One item
of these costumes is popular: The Zeeuwse button / clasp. You could find this button/clasp on the men's costume and also in women's
necklaces. Nowadays the shape/form of this clasp is used in many attractive gifts and
household items. A nice souvenir idea!
Zeeland is interwoven with the
sea and the fishery. Many festivities are related to this: mussel-festivities, harbour-days and fishery-days.
Other Traditions are ring-riding (you ride without a saddle on a cart horse and you try to stab your lance through a ring), sjeesjes riding (ring-riding but then in carriages), Straô rieën (Each year in the 6 weeks before eastern people ride with decorated horses through the branding of the sea. With this they clean the horses hoofs), Flax-day (in early das much flax was cultivated here), Beet-tour (In early day they transported the harvested beets over the canals to the sugar fabrics. The boats were moved with horse- and sometimes manpower)
A moment of relaxationEnjoy the evening sun on the beach or a walk in silence through the nature. Relax and unwind.
You can also visit a sauna, take a floating session (drifting in a cabin lazy on a highly concentrated solution of warm water and salt) or pamper yourself with a massage, a seaweed packing, a mussel scrub or an algae foot-bath. You'l be refreshed afterwards.