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Brouwersdam

The almost 6 kilometer long Brouwersdam is located in the provinces of both South-Holland as Zeeland and was being constructed between 1962 and 1971. On the 30th of March 1973, the main road on the dam named the N57 was put into occupation for the first time. The Brouwersdam splits the North Sea from lake Grevelingen, the largest salt water lake of Western-Europe.

Due to the unique location, the hotspot Brouwersdam is very popular among tourists and water sports lovers these days. The Northern side of the dam is used by lots of kiters, blow carters and fliers practitioners. The vast beach continues for lots of kilometres which makes it ideal for long hikes and lovely beach days. The famous concert ‘Concert at Sea’ is also being organized on this location.

The side facing lake Grevelingen is being occupied by lots of wind surfers and sailors. Moreover, a diversity of small beaches can be found here, where you can go capture some crabs, attend a surf clinic or visit the harbour of Marina Port Zélande. This beautiful and modern harbour can be found halfway at de Brouwersdam.

Does this sound interesting? Our apartments are located on the side of lake Grevelingen and offer views over both the lake and the Brouwersdam. Feel free to take a look at our luxurious apartments on this location and come enjoy the ultimate (watersports) holiday near the beach, sea and lake!

Active:

Surfing, kiting, sailing, swimming, hiking…and so on! The Brouwersdam will be the place to be for anyone who likes a bit of action!

Near the beach:

You’ll feel the sand between your toes sooner than you think and can also reach the North Sea beach in a 10 minute walk. You can even spot some seals here at times!

Dogs:

The surroundings feature wonderful hiking routes you can enjoy together with your dog. Between October 1 and May 1, dogs can walk freely and play around on the North Sea beach! In the high season, the dog lead must be used between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Family:

Take the children on a daytrip to the RTM museum, make a ride in a real steam train, follow the hiking route along the 18 preserved bunkers from the Second World War, go seal spotting, fishing or take your bike and cycle over the Brouwersdam with its stunning views.

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Brouwershaven || Zeeland

We all know that Zeeland is well-known for its magnificent North Sea coast and that the province has the highest number of sunshine hours in the country, but did you also know that flamingos live in the wild here? Each year, between January and April, a flock of flamingos touches down in the Grevelingenmeer (Lake Grevelingen). A rather strange phenomenon, seeing these tropical birds between water sports practitioners and windmills. They sometimes even literally stand with their legs in the snow.

Directly situated at the Grevelingenmeer, the largest saltwater lake of Western Europe, you will find the former fortified town Brouwershaven. This friendly town is one of seventeen places in Zeeland with a protected townscape. The old town centre, originally situated between the city walls and the canal, has many historic buildings with magnificent facades.

Salty air, sandbanks, land- and coastal birds, but also wild horses and roe deer can be found in the surroundings. On the Grevelingen, the best of fresh and salt water merges. Lake Grevelingen, the natural border between Zeeland and South-Holland, is very popular among divers. Due to the stagnant water, the soil particles have descended, making the water look so clear and bright.

On the westside, the lake is separated from the North Sea by the Brouwersdam, which is part of the Delta Works as well. The area around the dam is very popular among active and sporty people and is perfectly suited for water sports like windsurfing and kiting.

Just located outside of Brouwershaven is Den Osse, a well-known holiday resort with various holiday parks and a marina. The Southern and more inland part of Schouwen-Duiveland offers a very diverse landscape. You could choose to pay a visit to the fantastic North Sea coast with its broad beaches, or to go for a hike through the “Domeinen”, the biggest forest of Zeeland which also has one of the most beautiful mountain bike routes of the country. Schouwen-Duiveland is perfectly suited for long cycling tours through a landscape that you will hardly find anywhere else in the country anymore. The many tranquil roads take you along many characteristic villages and offer you safe cycling paths.

One of the most famous sights in Brouwershaven is the church “Grote- of Sint Nicolaaskerk”, an impressive building about which everyone wonders how it can possibly be found in such a small town. The church is enormous, the oldest part even dates to the 15th century. Besides the church, there you can also find the very photogenic Town hall in Brouwershaven, which is a monumental building located at the market. The old town harbour is now used as a marina.

In summer, an excursion boat leaves from Den Osse to take you on a stunning trip through the Grevelingen. It is also possible to sail along on a historical sailing ship.

When leaving the island of Schouwen-Duiveland to the south, you will pass another part of the world-famous Delta Works: the impressive Oosterscheldekering. This storm flood surge connects the island Schouwen-Duiveland with the island Neeltje Jans, where you can visit the well-known family water park ‘’Deltapark Neeltje Jans’’.

Brouwershaven has two supermarkets, a butcher’s and several lovely restaurants. For a more extensive offer of shops and businesses, you can go to one of the surrounding villages and towns.

The Old-Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg, or seaside resorts Renesse and Domburg are also worth paying a visit.

For more information about Brouwershaven and its surrounding areas, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.

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Bruinisse || Zeeland

Did you know that a mussel can only survive above water for about 6 hours? That a mussel can become up to 18 or even 24 years old? Or that it takes about two years for a mussel to become suited for consumption?

The mussel is the symbol of the village of Bruinisse in Zeeland, better known as ‘’Bru’’ among the Zeeuwen. The big mussel on the harbour platform as well as the many coloured fishing boats in the harbour, are proof of this.

The village, located in the very eastern corner of the municipality Schouwen-Duiveland, is situated alongside the Grevelingenmeer (Lake Grevelingen) and the Krammer, a small salt water lake created after the construction of the Grevelingendam and the Philipsdam. Both the Grevelingendam and the Philipsdam are a part of the world-famous Delta Works. The marina of Bruinisse is one of the pearls of the Dutch boating industry.

Salty air, sandbanks, land- and coastal birds, but also wild horses and roe deer can be found in the surroundings. On the Grevelingen, the best of fresh and salt water merges. Lake Grevelingen, the natural border between Zeeland and South-Holland, is very popular among divers. Due to the stagnant water, the soil particles have descended, making the water look so clear and bright.

On the westside, the lake is separated from the North Sea by the Brouwersdam, which is part of the Delta Works as well. The area around the dam is very popular among active and sporty people and is perfectly suited for water sports like windsurfing and kiting.

The Southern and more inland part of Schouwen-Duiveland offers a very diverse landscape. You could choose to pay a visit to the fantastic North Sea coast with its broad beaches, or to go for a hike through the “Domeinen”, the biggest forest of Zeeland which also has one of the most beautiful mountain bike routes of the country.

Schouwen-Duiveland is perfectly suited for long cycling tours through a landscape that you will hardly find anywhere else in the country anymore. The many tranquil roads take you along many characteristic villages and offer you safe cycling paths.

Several historic buildings in the village were destroyed during the Second World War. Nowadays, the village relies on modern activities such as the professional golf course and the bowling centre. With the mussels as its symbol, it is hardly surprising that the only two museums in the village are solely dedicated to these tasty molluscs. The marina is the showpiece of the village. You will also find the “Watersnoodmuseum” (flood disaster museum) in Ouwerkerk in the area south of Bruinisse.

Bruinisse has a large supermarket, a pharmacy, a bakery, a bike rental shop and various restaurants.

The Old-Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg or the seaside towns Renesse and Domburg are also worth paying a visit.

For more information about Bruinisse and its surrounding areas, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.

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Burgh-Haamstede || Zeeland

Did you know that Burgh and Haamstede are in fact two separate villages? Although the villages are now practically fused with one another, the two original village centres are still clearly recognisable.

Burgh-Haamstede is part of the municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland in the province of Zeeland and is located on the west side of the island. The area is also known as “de Kop van Schouwen” (the head of Schouwen), of which Burgh-Haamstede is the centrally located heart.

The surrounding North Sea coast is characterised by vast and broad sandy beaches forming one of the biggest attractions for the many tourists that visit the island every year. The beaches are surrounded by a very diverse dune landscape with barren valleys, sand drifts and dune meadows with many types of colourful and fragrant plants and flowers. The many walking trails in, for example, “the Zeepeduinen”, lead you through this magnificent landscape, via herds of wild Shetland ponies and Scottish Highland cattle. In Westerschouwen this area smoothly flows into the biggest forest of Zeeland called: “the Domeinen”. Along the same coastal route, you will also find one of the most beautiful mountain bike routes of our country.

The surroundings of Burgh-Haamstede are perfectly suited for long cycling trips through a landscape that you will hardly find anywhere else in the country anymore. The many quiet country roads take you along characteristic villages and provide you with various safe cycling paths.

Burgh-Haamstede has several well-known sites, including thirteenth century “Slot Haamstede” (Castle Haamstede). The castle is now owned by ‘Natuurmonumenten’ (Nature Monuments) and can only be visited under guidance. Next to this, one of the highest lighthouses of the Netherlands is situated in the direct surroundings of Burgh-Haamstede. The “Westerlichttoren” characterised by its red and white stripes, has a lift height of no less than 58 metres above the sea level. Did you know that it was this tower that was displayed on the 250 guilders bank note until 2001?

Besides this tower, there is another notable tower located just outside the village, called the “Plompe Toren”. This tower is the only surviving remnant of the village Koudekerke which once was a part of Schouwen-Duiveland. Due to the many floods that ravaged our country between the 15th and 17th century, this village disappeared by drowning under the sea level completely.

The world-famous Delta Works with the impressive Oosterscheldekering are located just 5 kilometers from Burgh-Haamstede. This storm surge barrier connects the island Schouwen-Duiveland with, among others, the island Neeltje Jans, where you can visit the well-known family water park ‘Deltapark Neeltje Jans’. For active and sporty people, Lake Grevelingen and the Brouwersdam located at the northside of the island are perfectly suited for enjoying all types of water-based activities.

You can find a large supermarket, a pharmacy, a bakery, a bike rental shop and various restaurants in Burgh-Haamstede. In neighbouring Nieuw-Haamstede you will find a glider airfield where you can already book an introduction flight against a small fee.

The Old-Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg or the seaside towns Renesse and Domburg are also worth paying a visit.

For more information about Burgh-Haamstede and its surrounding areas, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.

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Holten || Overijssel

The village of Holten in the province of Overijssel is situated on the border of the regions Twente and Salland and the province of Gelderland. The well-known site and highlight of the municipality Rijssen-Holten is of course the Holterberg, locatedright in the middle of the magnificent area of natural beauty of “National Park Sallandse Heuvelrug”. Do not be daunted or discouraged by the word “berg” (mountain) as the Holterberg is not exactly a mountain but more of an extensive area of heathland and (pine) forests. The top point of the area measures 59.5 metres above NAP (sea level). The area thanks its name to the village of Holten, which is located just at the southern side.

Holten has a nice and cosy village centre where lots of different activities are organised, especially during the summer season. Neighbouring town Rijssen presents itself as a shopping town with an extensive and varied (indoor) shopping centre and a large market on Monday morning. Both hikers and cyclists will enjoy this marvellous area. The magnificent forests and nature reserves have signposted routes provided by “Wandelnetwerk Twente” and “Fietsknooppuntennetwerk Salland”. For the adventurious people among us, there is also plenty to do. You could choose to go for a diversity of mountain bike trails but could also enjoy the area as a racing cyclist. You can also choose to make a trip in a hot-air balloon, which is very popular in this area.

If you’d like to experience a great diversity in landscapes in a short period of time, then you will definitely enjoy Sallant. The gorgeous flood plains and the unique IJssel River, compose the western border of Salland. The flood plains have a rich diversity in flora and fauna of which several areas have even been designated as nature reserves. In the eastern part, between Holten and Nijverdal, the hills of “National Park Sallandse Heuvelrug”, offering an entirely different landscape again. The small-scale bocage with the wonderful agricultural area amongst this, will almost immediately make you feel at home.

In and around Holten, there is plenty to do for the entire family, such as paying a visit to a dairy farm or cuddling with animals at the children’s farm. Do you prefer a more adventurous day out? Then you will probably enjoy a visit to “Avonturenpark Hellendoorn” with more than 30 rides, shows, water rides and Dreumesland (Toddler Land) for the very little ones. Would you rather enjoy- and romp around in the playground? The area has several great (indoor) playgrounds for both the young and the old.

There is also a great variety of museums, such as the doll museum in Holten, the toy museum in Deventer or a museum dedicated to agricultural miniatures in Frieswijk. Go back in time and discover the emergence of Salland in the IJsselvallei in Olst or go for a walk along the geological learning pathway in Nijverdal.

Holten has two large supermarkets, a pharmacy, bakery, bike rental shop and a great variety of shops, restaurants and terraces.

The Hanseatic towns Rijssen, Zwolle and Deventer are also worth paying a visit.

For more information about Rijssen-Holten and its surrounding areas, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.

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Nieuw-Haamstede || Zeeland

Did you know that Nieuw-Haamstede was originally built as a holiday village? The neighbourhood was built early 20th century, when tourism became an increasingly important source of income for the village of Burgh-Haamstede. Originally, only wooden holiday cottages were built, but they were gradually replaced by stone houses later on.

Nieuw-Haamstede is part of the municipality Schouwen-Duiveland and is situated on the west side of the island. The area is also known as “Kop van Schouwen”.

The surrounding North Sea coast is characterised by the vast and broad sandy beaches, forming one of the biggest attractions for the many tourists that visit the island annually. From Nieuw-Haamstede, the beach is only located at a walking distance and can be reached through five different dune paths. The dune paths take you through a varied and magnificent landscape consisting of barren valleys, sands drifts, and dune meadows and containing many types of colourful and fragrant dune plants and flowers.

The many walking trails in, for example, the “Meeuwenduinen”, lead you through this beautiful landscape, with its herds of curious wild Shetland ponies and Scottish Highland cattle. In Westerschouwen this area flows into the biggest forest of the province Zeeland called: the “Domeinen”. Along the same coastal route, you will also find one of the most spectacular mountain bike routes of our country.

The surroundings of Nieuw-Haamstede are perfectly suited for long cycling trips through a landscape that you will hardly find anywhere else in the country anymore. The many quiet country roads take you along characteristic villages and offer you various safe cycling paths.

Nieuw-Haamstede is characterised by several famous sites including one of the highest lighthouses in the Netherlands. The “Westerlichttoren”, characterised by its red and white stripes, has a lift height of no less than 58 metres above the sea level. Did you know that it was this tower that was displayed on a 250 guilders bank note until late 2001? Besides this tower, there is another prominent tower located just outside the village, called the “Plompe Toren”. This tower is the only remnant of the village Koudekerke which could once be found on Schouwen-Duiveland but disappeared into the sea because of the many floods that afflicted the country between the 15th and 17th century.

In addition, the famous 13th century castle named “Slot Haamstede” is located in the surroundings and owned by Natuurmonumenten. This old castle can only be visited with a guide.

Nieuw-Haamstede is located closely to the world-famous Delta Works and the impressive Oosterscheldekering. This storm surge barrier connects the island Schouwen-Duiveland with, among others, the island Neeltje Jans, where you can visit the well-known family water park ‘Deltapark Neeltje Jans’. For active and sporty people, Lake Grevelingen and the Brouwersdam located at the northside of the island are perfectly suited for enjoying all types of water-based activities.

Nieuw-Haamstede has a small seasonal supermarket and some pretty good restaurants. The village has its own glider airfield where you can already book an introduction flight against a small fee. A large supermarket, pharmacy, bakery, and a bike rental shop can be found in neighbouring Burgh-Haamstede.

The Old-Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg or the seaside towns Renesse and Domburg are also worth paying a visit.

For more information about Nieuw-Haamstede and its surrounding areas, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.

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Ouddorp || Zuid-Holland

The most famous building in Ouddorp is probably “Het Blaeuwe Huus” (the Blue House), which is presently occupied by the tourist office. You will see the building on many postcards and on one of the famous works of well-known artist Rien Poortvliet. But did you know that there used to be several “Blaeuwe Huusjes” in the village? This, due to the fact that people used to paint the farms in Ouddorp blue as this colour was supposed to be keeping small flies away which were attracted by the cattle in the adjacent farmhouses. By painting the houses blue, the residents believed that they would not be bothered by the flies as much.

Ouddorp is located on the northern side of the island Goeree-Overflakkee, the southernmost part of the province Zuid-Holland. In 2007, Ouddorp was proclaimed to be the ‘best coastal town of the Netherlands’ by the national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. And rightly so, because the village is located in an area consisting of over 4 kilometres of unique landscape. The island and municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee, are connected to the island of Schouwen-Duiveland, which is part of the province of Zeeland, by means of the Brouwersdam and the Grevelingendam, both well-known (water) sports hot spots.

The area has broad and clean sandy beaches with almost abandoned dune lands. There are vast polders and natural areas, which makes Goeree particularly suitable for cyclists and hikers. Here, you can enjoy hours of unprecedented quietness which only nature can provide. Go for a walk in the “Westduinen”, also called the “hobbelwei” (bumpy pasture) by the local population. Bumpy duneland without much vegetation, with dry peaks and wet valleys, small puddles and… military radio masts dating from the 1950s. These masts are an ironic sign of the history of the island. On the southern side of Ouddorp you will find natural area “de Hompelvoet” with its many shorebirds and special types of plants that you will hardly find anywhere else in the country anymore. This makes the area a true paradise for nature lovers.

Besides “Het Blaeuwe Huus”, there are many other historic buildings that are worth paying a visit. For example, the old dune farms, such as the Ridderstee and the Vissershoek. Or the 56 metres high lighthouse “Westhoofd” in the dunes near Groenedijk. The old fishing port is a lovely marina these days. The RTM tram museum is especially interesting for children. This old tram network is still operational between the Punt Van Goeree – Port Zélande – Scharendijke and the Brouwersdam. Ouddorp also has a subtropical swimming pool and waterpark.

There is a lot to do and see in the nearby area. You can visit the Haringvliet Expo where you can learn more about the functioning of the Haringvliets floodgates. Or visit the sea mammal shelter “A Seal” in Stellendam or the “Rien Poortvliet Museum” in Korendijk. Or why not go on a hiking tour through the historic town of Goedereede or discover the past by bike along the so-called “Bunkerroute”?

Ouddorp has various facilities, including a large supermarket, a pharmacy, a bakery, a bike rental shop and a great variety of other shops, restaurants, and terraces. Young people can enjoy the local night life.

The Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg or the seaside towns Renesse and Domburg are also worth paying a visit. Or what about a day of shopping in world port Rotterdam!

For more information about Ouddorp and its surrounding areas we would like to refer you to the local tourist information office.

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Ouwerkerk || Zeeland

Ouwerkerk is the oldest village of the former island of Duiveland which is a part of the island Schouwen-Duiveland these days. It will probably not surprise you that there is not only an “Ouwerkerk” but also a “Nieuwerkerk”. Both villages owe their name to the construction of the new church in what is now called Nieuwerkerk.

Ouwerkerk has a harsch history in which the medieval church tower was blown up during the Second World War. After the war, the 1953 North Sea floods striked the town again in which one out of six residents was killed. Also, many buildings were lost due to this natural disaster. The dike of Ouwerkerk was the last one to be fixed again after nine months since that particular night. The Watersnoodmuseum (Flood disaster museum) is now occupying the four caissons that were used for the reconstruction of the dike. It is one of the most important and famous attractions of the village which has tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Ouwerkerk is situated along the Oosterschelde, the biggest national park of the Netherlands, and is located closely to the old Dutch town of Zierikzee. It is characterised by its tides, wind and, especially, by lots of water. There is much to do in, on and around the water in this area. Except for mussels and oysters, there are also seals and porpoises that live here.

The southern coast of Schouwen-Duiveland is also called the “vogelboulevard” (bird boulevard) of Zeeland. Thousands, and sometimes even tens of thousands of waders, seagulls, geese, and ducks, stay here in the brackish swamp water. This therefore is a fantastic place for bird lovers. Walking or cycling along the Oosterschelde, you can enjoy the fresh air and the panoramic views of the vast land and water.

The inland of Schouwen-Duiveland is also perfectly suited for long cycling tours through a landscape that you will hardly find anywhere else in the country anymore. The many quiet country lanes take you along characteristic villages and offer you various safe cycling routes.

Forest- and beachlovers will also have a great time here. Apart from the long North Sea coast with its vast and broad sandy beaches, you will also find Zeeland’s largest forest here: the “Domeinen” which has one of the most beautiful mountain bike routes of the country.

In a range of only five kilometres, the town of Zierikzee can be found. For a relatively small town, it has a great number of monuments: no less than 568. The “Sint-Lievensmonstertoren” and the Noord- en Zuidhavenpoort, are the most important ones.

On the southwester side of Ouwerkerk you will find the most important part of the famous Delta Works, namely: the impressive Oosterscheldekering. This storm surge barrier connects the island Schouwen-Duiveland with the island Neeltje Jans, where you can visit the well-known family water park ‘’Deltapark Neeltje Jans’’.

The village of Ouwerkerk does not have many shops or entertainment facilities. For a more extensive offer of shops and businesses, you will need to visit neighbouring villages and towns.

The Old-Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg or the other well-known seaside resorts: Renesse and Domburg are also worth paying a visit.

For more information about Ouwerkerk and its surrounding areas, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.

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Putten

Not even a one hour drive from the busy Randstad, located on one of the most beautiful spots of the Veluwe, you can find the village Putten. Here, you will find ancient woods, exceptional flora and fauna and an oasis of tranquility and rest. Morover, you also find the hustle and bustle of the village center nearby.

The wooded surroundings, heatherland and vast meadows make the village loved among peace seekers, nature lovers and active people. The environment is very suited for long hikes or cycling trips due to the extensive network of hiking and cycling routes. The tranquility in the middle of the woods of the Veluwe, makes the place ideal for relaxing and unwinding.

Also, for a holiday with children, the environment of Putten offers you enough activities. You can go climbing in the woods of Garderen, visit the subtropical in- and outdoor pool Bosbad Putten or plan a daytrip to one of the themeparks in the neigbourhood like ‘Het Dolfinarium’, funpark ‘Julianatoren’ or monkey town ‘de Apenheul’.

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Renesse || Zeeland

Renesse is one of the oldest seaside resorts of Zeeland, after Domburg. When tourism started to grow rapidly from 1900 onwards, local entrepreneurs responded to that cleverly. On a small scale, arrangements were made for the tourists. One example of this was the opening of the first “verversingstent” (refreshment tent), the predecessor of the present beach pavilions. In the verversingstent people could, for example, hire bathing suits.

Renesse is situated on the north of the island Schouwen-Duiveland. Due to this perfect location, it is still increasing in popularity. Today, the village and its surrounding areas offer entertainment for both the young and the old such as beach pavilions, terraces, shops and night life facilities.

Off the coast, broad sandbanks can be found on which you can regularly see the seals sunbathing. The vast North Sea coast is perhaps the most beautiful near Renesse where the sandy beach is almost 20 kilometers long and hundreds of meters wide. The broad sandy beaches here are almost 20 kilometres long and up to hundreds of metres wide around the “Verklikkerduinen”. This dune area is characterised by wet dune valleys and various sorts of colourful and fragrant dune plants and flowers. The area is popular among rabbits and form a popular breeding ground for many birds.

The multiple walking trails in the immediate surroundings of Renesse lead you through the beautiful landscape, through herds of wild Shetland ponies and Scottish Highland cattle. In Westerschouwen this area merges into the biggest forest of Zeeland: the “Domeinen”. Along the same coastal route, you can also find one of the most beautiful mountain bike routes of the country. The surroundings of Renesse are perfectly suited for long cycling trips through a landscape that you will hardly find anywhere else in the country anymore. The many country roads take you through characteristic villages and offer you safe cycling routes.

Two of the best-known sights in Renesse are the Gothic “Jacobuskerk”, which you can find in the old town centre, and “Slot Moermond” which dates to the 13th century. The castle is located in the middle of the 45-hectares nature reserve “Landgoed Moermond” and is only used for parties and celebrations. Unfortunately, it cannot be visited.

The Grevelingenmeer and the Brouwersdam, situated on the northern side of Renesse offer a diversity of facilities for water sports activities. The Grevelingenmeer, for example, is a special diving hotspot and the Brouwersdam is a popular place for surfing because of its good location. When leaving Renesse from the southern side, you will reach the world-famous Delta Works and the impressive Oosterscheldekering. This storm flood surge connects the island Schouwen-Duiveland with the island Neeltje Jans, where you can visit the well-known family water park ‘’Deltapark Neeltje Jans’’

Renesse has a large supermarket, a pharmacy, a bakery, a bike rental shop and a large variety of shops, restaurants and terraces. For young people, there are plenty of entertainment facilities. On the outskirts of the village you can find the “Transferium” where you can park your car for free and make use of free public transport to the beachside, the village centre and the campsites during the summer season.

The Old-Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg or the other well-known seaside resort: Domburg are also worth paying a visit.

For more information about Renesse and its surrounding areas, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.

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Scharendijke

Scharendijke, the village that is named after a ‘schaardijk’ which is a channel that protects the land from flooding and therefore is a typical Zeeuwse village with a rich history.

Due to the favourable location on the touristic island Schouwen-Duiveland, the village is being loved among nature-, beach- and sports lovers. The multifaceted village is especially well-known among watersports lovers due to the many surfing-, sailing- and diving hotspots along the Grevelingenmeer, but also has multiple other unique spots that are worth a visit.

The diverse landscape in the surroundings of Scharendijke offers lots of possibilities to enjoy the stunning nature, to hike or to discover the environment by bike. The North Sea beaches and the Brouwersdam also offer you the opportunity to enjoy the sun, sea and sand in summer or to just catch a breath of fresh air. Since Scharendijke is not yet very well-known among all tourists, rest, spaciousness and unspoilt nature can be found here in a variety of forms.

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Schuddebeurs || Zeeland

The historic hamlet Schuddebeurs was formed in the Golden Age when lots of capital houses were built in the sandy hinterland of Zierikzee. Besides this, beautiful forests were planted and parcs were created. Unfortunately, most of these were destroyed during the Second World War.

Now that the natural areas have recovered fully, these areas have become very popular among nature lovers and peace seekers.

Schuddebeurs is located directly in one of the peripheral aread of monument city of Zierikzee. The forests take up a large part of the beautiful natural areas of Schouwen-Duiveland and offer a large diversity of flora and fauna. Right in the middle of this beautiful environment with different kinds of old and fragrant trees, many songbirds, deer and reptiles, you will also find some other historical mansions. The monument lands and mansions ‘’Mon Plaisir’’ and ‘’Weelzicht’’ have a rich history which would be worth discovering.

The ‘’Kakkersweel’’ is a pond with a broad reed belt and shore. With this, it is a perfect breeding spot for many different special birds. A hike though this magnificent area will make you feel relaxed and will reload your battery.

Only fifteen kilometres from Schuddebeurs, you will find lake Grevelingen. Salty air, sandbanks, land- and coastal birds, but also wild horses and roe deer can be found in the surroundings. On the Grevelingen, the best of fresh and salt water merges. Lake Grevelingen, the natural border between Zeeland and South-Holland and the largest saltwater lake of Europe, is very popular among divers. Due to the stagnant water, the soil particles have descended, making the water look so clear and bright.

The inlands of Schouwen-Duiveland are perfectly suited for long cycling tours through a landscape that you will hardly find anywhere else in the country anymore. The many tranquil roads take you along many characteristic villages and offer you safe cycling paths.

Would you like to experience and discover some culture? The historical center of Zierikzee has a lot of monument buildings worth seeing. Popular buildings are the ‘’Sint-Lievensmonstertoren’’ which is also known as the ‘’Dikke toren’’, the town hall, the ‘’Nieuwe Kerk’’ and remnants of the traditional city wall. Besides discovering the cultural hotspots, you can also enjoy the wide gastronomy offered in the many different restaurants or go shopping.

Naturally, Zeeland is perfectly suited for sea- and beach lovers. The North Sea coast is just around the corner, also for non-coastal villages or towns located a little more on the inlands. You will find broad sandy beaches on the westside of the island, just near the vivid coastal town Renesse.

Schuddebeurs does not have any shops or entertainment facilities. Yet, the neighbouring Zierikzee offers a wide range of shops, restaurants, bike rental options and other entertainment facilities.

The Old-Dutch towns Veere and Middelburg or the coastal towns Renesse and Domburg are definitely worth paying a visit.

For more information about Schuddebeurs and its surrounding areas, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.

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Westenschouwen || Zeeland

“Westenschouwen, ’t zal u rouwen dat ge heeft geroofd mijn vrouwe, Westenschouwen zal vergaan, alleen de toren zal blijven staan.” – A Dutch ancient saying that can be translated as "Westenschouwen, you will grieve for taking away my wife, Westenschouwen will be destroyed, only the tower will remain". According to this ancient saga about the old Westenschouwe, a merman is supposed to have pronounced this curse on Westenschouwen after a fisherman had taken his mermaid away from the sea and taken her with him to the village. It might be coincidence, but after that, Westenschouwen detoriated. The tower, however, was demolished in 1845.

The village Westenschouwen, not to be confused with the nearby forestry “Westerschouwen”, is located on the most southern point of the “Kop van Schouwen”. The harbour of the original fishing village silted in the 16th century, after which the fishermen left. Nowadays, the tranquil village has changed into a pleasant holiday destination for the entire family. The village is located near the forestry and the biggest forest of Zeeland: the “Domeinen”. Multiple walking trails are leading you straight through herds of wild Shetland ponies and Scottish Highland cattle. You can also go horse-riding here or hop on a mountain bike to discover one of the most beautiful mountain bike trails of our country.

The 330-hectares area has several faces. The dense woods with its huge lakes were created because of many years of water extraction. They merge smoothly into a very diverse dune landscape with barren valleys, sandbanks and dune heaths, with its many colourful and fragrant dune plants and flowers. In the entire area, you can hear the waves crashing on the shore, which is a very unique experience. The “Domeinen” are registered as a Natural Heritage Site area and is managed by Staatsbosbeheer (Forestry Commission). The biggest part of the area is freely accessible.

The area of Westenschouwen is perfect for long cycling tours through a landscape that can often not be found in the Netherlands anymore. The many quiet country lanes take you along characteristic villages and offer you safe cycling routes.

The saga about the Vrouwe van Westenschouwen (Lady of Westenschouwen) can be heard when you enter the “Plompe Toren”. This tower is the only remaining remnant of the village Koudekerke that once was a part of Schouwen-Duiveland. But because of the many floods that ravaged our country, the village disappeared into the sea between the 15th and 17th century. Today, the “Plompe Toren” is linked to the saga of Westenschouwen.

Westenschouwen is only one kilometre away from the world-famous Delta Works and the impressive Oosterscheldekering, which you can already see from the beachsides. This storm surge barrier connects the island de Schouwen-Duiveland with the island Neeltje Jans, where you can visit the well-known family water park ‘’Deltapark Neeltje Jans’’. For active and sporty people, there’s the Grevelingenmeer (Lake Grevelingen) with its wide offer of (water) sports facilities.

Westenschouwen has a small seasonal supermarket and some fine restaurants. The village also has a real “climbing park” where both the young and the old can enjoy themselves. A larger supermarket, pharmacy, bakery and bike rental shop, can be found in neighbouring Burgh-Haamstede.

The Old-Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg or seaside resorts Renesse and Domburg are also worth paying a visit.

For more information about Westenschouwen and its surrounding areas, we would like to refer you to the local tourist office.

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