Zeeland, Land by the Sea

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The province of Zeeland is characterized by its vast beaches, picturesque coastal towns, historical cities, and breathtaking nature. Zeeland offers a unique combination of landscapes, from the expansive sandy beaches and dunes to the lush forests and polders. Below, we will take you on a virtual tour of Zeeland, highlighting its highlights and giving you an impression of what this beautiful province has to offer.


A Landscape Shaped by Water

Life in Zeeland is closely connected to water, from the land reclaimed from the sea over the centuries to the impressive Delta Works that protect the province from flooding. It is blessed with some of the most beautiful coastlines in the Netherlands. Below, we present the most beautiful and charming coastal towns that Zeeland has to offer.

  1. Domburg

    Domburg is one of the oldest seaside resorts in Zeeland and has a rich history. Here you will find a delightful mix of culture, history, and beach fun. With its broad sandy beach, cozy terraces, and proximity to nature reserve 'De Manteling', Domburg is a must-visit.

  2. Renesse

    Renesse, located in Schouwen-Duiveland, is a popular destination for both Dutch and international tourists. It offers wide sandy beaches, excellent facilities, and a lively nightlife in the summer.

  3. Boulevard-Evertsen / Nollehoofd, strand Vlissingen
  4. Vlissingen

    Vlissingen is known not only for its maritime history but also for its beaches. The Boulevard de Ruyter, overlooking the Westerschelde, is one of the most beautiful places to visit, with its stunning view of passing ships. Visit the Maritime muZEEum to learn more about the city's maritime history. Additionally, Vlissingen also offers various events and festivals throughout the year.

  5. Zoutelande

    Zoutelande, known for the song of the same name by the band BLØF, is a picturesque village with a beautiful beach, often referred to as the 'Zeeland Riviera' due to its southern location. The beach of Zoutelande is one of the few beaches in the Netherlands that face south.

  6. Cadzand

    In the far southwest of the Netherlands lies Cadzand, a place where you can enjoy the tranquility and beautiful views of the North Sea. The modern marina and the proximity to the nature reserve 'Het Zwin' make Cadzand special.

  7. Breskens

    Breskens is a cozy fishing village with a wide sandy beach, a marina, and a fishing museum. It is also an excellent place to taste fresh fish and seafood.

Each of these coastal towns offers a unique experience, from relaxing on the beach to exploring the local culture and history. They are the perfect getaway during your stay in Zeeland.

Historical and Charming Cities

Zeeland is also home to some of the most picturesque cities in the Netherlands, each with its own rich history waiting to be discovered. Below, we highlight the most beautiful cities that Zeeland has to offer.

  1. Middelburg

    As the capital of Zeeland, Middelburg is a city full of history and charm. The city was founded in the 9th century and has a rich heritage, reflected in its many monumental buildings. The impressive town hall and the Abbey of Middelburg with the 'Lange Jan' tower are two highlights not to be missed.

  2. Veere

    Veere is a picturesque town that offers a step back in time. Once a prosperous trading city, Veere has a well-preserved historic center with impressive buildings such as the town hall, the Grote Kerk, and the Schotse Huis.

  3. Noord- en Zuidhavenpoort, Zierikzee
  4. Zierikzee

    Zierikzee, located on the island of Schouwen-Duiveland, is a city with a rich history. The city is known for its ancient city gates, the 14th-century town hall, and the Sint-Lievensmonstertoren. A walk through the old town offers a glimpse into the past of Zeeland.

  5. Sluis

    Sluis is a small but historically significant town in western Zeeland. The town is known for its well-preserved city gates and walls, and the unique Belfort, the only one of its kind in the Netherlands.

  6. Goes

    Although smaller than some of its neighbors, Goes has a charming old town with several historical sights. Visit the Grote of Maria Magdalenakerk, a beautiful Gothic building, and the Historisch Museum De Bevelanden to discover the local history.

  7. Hulst

    Located in East Zeelandic Flanders, Hulst is a fortified town with a beautifully preserved star-shaped design. It offers a range of historical attractions, including the Sint-Willibrordusbasiliek, the city walls, and the many historic houses.

Each of these cities offers its own unique glimpse into the past of Zeeland. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply want to enjoy the atmosphere of these charming places, you will find plenty to discover during your visit to Zeeland.

The Stunning Nature of Zeeland

In addition to the coastal towns and cities, Zeeland also offers an abundance of natural beauty. The province is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with numerous hiking and cycling trails that lead you through the diverse landscape.

1Veerse Meer

Veerse Meer

The Veerse Meer is a nature reserve located northeast of Walcheren and south of Noord-Beveland. The lake is a popular watersports destination for sailors, sport fishermen, and scuba ...

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    2De Manteling

    De Manteling

    The Manteling is a nature reserve stretching from Domburg, through Oostkapelle to the ...

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      3Het Zwin

      Het Zwin

      A protected nature reserve between Cadzand and Knokke-Heist. It is enclosed between dunes and ...

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        1. Oosterschelde National Park

          As the largest national park in the Netherlands, the Oosterschelde offers a unique underwater world and a variety of landscapes. It is a paradise for birdwatchers and also offers opportunities for diving and seal spotting.

        2. Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe

          The largest brackish water marsh in Europe, the Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe, is a paradise for birdwatchers. This dynamic landscape provides a unique insight into the interaction between land and water.

        3. Westenschouwen Forest

          This is the largest forest in Zeeland, located in Schouwen-Duiveland. It offers beautiful hiking and cycling routes, as well as a climbing forest for the adventurous visitor.

        4. Oranjezon

          Once a hunting ground of the Dutch royal family, this beautiful nature reserve is now home to deer, roe deer, and various bird species. It is located near Oostkapelle and offers beautiful hiking trails.

        5. Kwade Hoek

          This dynamic nature reserve on Goeree-Overflakkee is strongly influenced by the tides. It is an excellent place for birdwatching and enjoying the unspoiled nature.

        6. Prunje Polder

          This nature reserve on Schouwen-Duiveland is an important breeding ground for meadow birds and waterfowl. It also offers stunning views of the Oosterschelde.

        Each of these natural areas offers a unique experience and the opportunity to appreciate the unparalleled beauty of Zeeland.

        Enjoying the Zeeland Cuisine

        Your visit to Zeeland would not be complete without enjoying the local gastronomy. Zeeland is known for its seafood, with mussels, oysters, and lobster as local delicacies. Enjoy a meal at one of the many seafood restaurants or visit a local market to purchase fresh produce.

        Whether you are a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a place to relax and enjoy the good life, Zeeland has something for everyone. Visit Zeeland and discover the charm of this undiscovered gem in the Netherlands.

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