With the Oosterschelde flood defences at one end of the island and Watersnoodmuseum (flood museum) at the other, Schouwen-Duiveland is inextricably linked with the sea. The island is surrounded by the North Sea, the Oosterschelde National Park and the waters of Grevelingenmeer. It also has many places where the world under the water is just as stunning as the world above the surface.

Appealing landscapes

The battle against water is reflected in the landscape. The remains of creeks and inundated land have become attractive havens for wildlife. Not only can you enjoy the dunes, dykes, salt marshes and polders, there are some magnificent forests too. Schouwen-Duiveland’s charming countryside provides the perfect surroundings for walking and cycling.

Kop van Schouwen

The dunes of Kop van Schouwen are a real Mecca for hikers, cyclists, mountain-bikers and other sports enthusiasts. Here you can find sand hills, valleys and Zeeland’s largest woodland: Westenschouwen Forest. On the other hand, you can take an exhilarating walk on one of its windswept beaches.

Schouwen’s south coast

This area of outstanding natural beauty is part of the largest national park in the Netherlands: Oosterschelde National Park. It is a unique and dynamic wildlife sanctuary. It provides rich pickings for birdspotters: it is an ornithological reserve with an international allure. In addition to the 40-kilometre-long cycle path along the entire south coast of Schouwen, there is a network of hiking trails in Schelphoek and Krekengebied Ouwerkerk.


Schouwen’s beautiful wildlife

What to do in Schouwen-Duiveland

There’s more than enough to see and do on this island. How about a day browsing the shops in the historic town of Zierikzee? Or perhaps you fancy a seal safari. Ever wanted to ride a surfboard? Or are watersports in your blood? If so, then this is the place for you. Brouwersdam and Grevelingenmeer provide the perfect setting to practise these sports.

Schouwen-Duiveland too, has plenty of other great sights and attractions. Castles, monuments and other historic buildings abound. You can spend a whole day visiting several of these attractions.

In addition to all these fun activities, Schouwen-Duiveland regularly hosts events and festivals. From Concert at Sea to food truck festivals: check out all the events that take place in Schouwen-Duiveland.

There’s plenty to do

Just get out there!

Make your visit complete

Visit Zierikzee, where you are surrounded by historic buildings where the past is clearly tangible. Or Bruinisse, an old fishing port. The harbour at Brouwershaven too, is worth checking out. Would you prefer a proper seaside resort? Then try out Burgh-Haamstede and Renesse for starters! If you’re looking for peaceful villages with an intimate appeal, then Schouwen-Duiveland is just the place for you.

There are welcoming bars and restaurants aplenty. When you order a cup of coffee or tea, you should try Zeeland’s famous bolus. It makes a great start to the day! We can understand a day’s not enough to discover the island. So why not take a look at the overnight options in Schouwen-Duiveland?

Still not convinced? Then read more about what makes this island so unique.

Charming towns and villages, great food and drink and an overnight stay which meets all your needs

Make your visit complete


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