How to enjoy metre-and-a-half Zeeland
Come, be amazed by the contrasts in our natural beauty. Come, stretch out on extensive walks and cycling trails. Come, inland and along 650 kilometres of shoreline – spacious waters always near you. Just how many horizons would you like? Here are our top tips for navigating Zeeland, all the while with social distancing. From Schouwen-Duiveland down to Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, from Walcheren and across to Tholen. And if you ever feel it might be a bit too crowded at once? No worries, in Zeeland there’s always ‘another side’ and more than enough space for you and yours, safely.
Mother Nature, mother of contrasts
A wealth of distinctions, that’s nature in Zeeland. Every area has its own special fauna and flora, each a joy to behold, together illuminating the relationship between land and water. The quilt of our nature is sewn together, as it were, by our network of walking and cycling trails. Discover the hidden jewels of Zeeuws nature. One surprise to another.
Surprise yourself: hop on a bike
Give those walking shoes an airing
Street talk, street art
Our arts are a palette of expression. From street art to graffiti, from country art to wall painting. With their creations, our Zeeuws artists have added new features to our landscape, our monuments and our imposing coasts. Their remarkable works are there, out in the open air, to behold.
Our landscape, your storyteller
In our midst, ring villages, built around the churches of yore. Dotted around our fertile countryside are dozens of historical farmhouses. Most of the timber castles once guarding nobility from invaders, both human and watery, have gone over time. The more solid earth mounds on which they stood still stand, especially in copious numbers in Walcheren. In West Zeeland-Flanders you’ll find traces of the State-Spanish Lines which were formidable defences (for some) in the Eighty Years War.
No strenuous discovery trip this. A delightful harvest of history awaits you.
Museums, to visit or visit virtually
Eating out, eating in
If you’d like to eat ‘out’ in your holiday home, find a restaurant nearby on zeelandeet.nl. Speed Dutch language course: bestellen = order, remember Dutch cuisines close earlier than yours might, and call ’em! If their Dutch online menus are a bit of a mouthful, our Zeeland.com site unlocks most of our culinary secrets (even recipes) - just search the term. Honestly, take a look around locally, perhaps on foot or by bike, and see what takes your fancy. Eet smakelijk.
Shop, drop, flop and be happy
Is it time for you to say, oooh (or eeeh), that was a fine shop, my feet are killing me? Many small, independent shops and most chain stores are now open in all our towns. Feel free and safe to visit shops in Zeeland – they apply the rules for us all. Tip: early birds catch the best buy!