What makes Domburg so special?
Domburg is one of the finest seaside resorts in the Netherlands. Its surroundings are ideal for outdoor sports. For example, you can swing your irons at Domburgsche Golfclub or learn how to surf at one of the very best surfing locations. There are great places to shop in Domburg town centre and in between you can enjoy a drink or a meal at one of the town’s many fine eateries. Did you know that Domburg was the oldest seaside resort in Zeeland? Read more about what makes Domburg so special!
In 2013 Domburg was given the official status of ‘health resort’. This means it meets all the international criteria set out by the German Spa Association. The sea water, the climate and the natural resources of the soils here have health-giving properties. Together with Cadzand, Domburg is the only Dutch seaside town to have this designation.
Museums in Domburg
Between 1900 and 1920, Domburg was an artists’ village. Many painters, such as Jan Toorop, came to Domburg because of its amazing skies. The Marie Tak van Poortvliet Museum regularly organises temporary exhibitions displaying the works of (inter)national artists. Since 2021, this museum has also housed a tourist information point.
Manteling van Walcheren
Close by to Domburg is the nature reserve of Manteling van Walcheren. Here you can enjoy walks amongst the trees, dunes and old country houses. Kasteel Westhove is also located here. In the former orangery of the castle there is now a museum: Terra Maris. The museum puts on temporary exhibitions which show Zeeland’s diverse nature and relate the history of the landscape. There is a special cycle route ('Fietsen door de Manteling en historisch Veere‘) which will help you explore Domburg and the Manteling nature reserve.
On the fringes of the town is the Domburgsche Golfclub. The golf club is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. Some of the bomb craters that resulted from bombing raids in the Second World War now serve as bunkers on the fairways. The golf course is next to the sea and is exposed to the sea breezes. For that reason, it is a real ‘links’ course.
Best spots to surf
Domburg is known as being one of the best places to surf in the Netherlands. Relatively speaking, the waves along this part of the coast are bigger and more frequent than elsewhere. Depending on the weather, you can enjoy the sun, the sea and the sand, as well as the surfing. Never learned to surf? Why not take surfing lessons and practice the sport safely? On the Noordduine beach is the Surfschool Domburg. Here you can take courses surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and skimboarding.
Het Badpaviljoen (or ‘beach pavilion’) is an iconic building in Domburg’s dunes. The first beach pavilion was built on the same site in 1837. It served as a coffee house and a bathhouse. In 1983, the present building became a listed monument. It how houses a restaurant. From the beach terrace there are fantastic views along the coastline. Domburg has many other historic buildings, such as the old town hall, the Weltevreden mill and the water tower.
Restaurants in Domburg
Domburg has much to offer in the culinary sphere. From grand café to pancake house, and from fast-food to five-course dinners, punctiliously served with fresh local ingredients. Domburg is not tied to any one particular cuisine. Book a table at De Visbar, where you can choose from numerous fish dishes prepared to the very highest standards of taste. Or watch your meal being prepared in the open kitchen at De Boterkapel and pamper your taste buds. Enjoy a drink on the terrace at Markt Zes, situated next to the Johanneskerk, and savour Domburg’s delights. After a late night, flop down on a lounger at the trendy beach club, OAXACA.