Biking in Zeeland

You have rather special company on many bike trips in Zeeland: the fresh sea wind, the view over the water and, near the dike, the ships sailing past. That’s when you’re on the outer dike, as you can be in so many places. On the lee side behind the dike, the landscape varies, its beauty flowing with the tides of the seasons. Take springtime, when the flower-covered dikes of the Zak van Zuid-Beveland are at their prettiest. Or – any time of year – explore the landscape of West-Zeeland-Flanders and the Zwin nature reserve with its marshes and mudflats: it’s as if you can tell the season by the type of bird and their seasonal practices and comings and goings.

One of the best-rated cycling provinces in the Netherlands

Zeeland has been nominated by the Dutch national cycle platform as one of the best-rated cycling provinces in the Netherlands. Along with three other provinces, Zeeland comes out the best, having been awarded 4.5 stars from a possible 5. Of those four provinces, Zeeland received the highest rating. Not surprisingly, we are extremely delighted! The quality of the cycling network, its maintenance, the route information, the many bike cafés along the routes and the possibility of cycling ‘outside’ the dykes were decisive in this rating.

In Zeeland there is a myriad of great routes to cycle. Inside or outside the dykes. In or out of the wind. Through towns, pretty villages or, for that matter, through the unspoilt countryside. Check out the best cycle routes in Zeeland here!

Handy pages

for a cycling tour in Zeeland!

All seasons

Zeeland is lovely at any time of year. Even in autumn and winter, you don’t have to look far for a great route to follow. Take, for example, the kaleidoscopic tree colours you will see and the charm of Veere on this route. Or combine a cycle route through Zeeland’s hinterland with a visit to one of its towns. Middelburg, for example. Full of bustling restaurants, bars and shops. Tired after a long day’s pedalling? Why not stay somewhere overnight?

Bike hub network

Defence is just one of the many aspects of Zeeland’s history which are viewed most impressively from a bike. The route of bunkers on Walcheren is one, that of the Delta Works evokes memories of tragedy and is a convincing statement of hope. The extensive network of bike route hubs – you use it to decide your route, hub to hub – is designed with safety in mind, as well as the land and sea you will pass.

Fietscafés

Recharge your various batteries, perhaps with a coffee and a slice of cake – though your e-bike, mobile and tablet have other needs. Pure juice. Bike cafés were created with the Zeeland cyclist in mind. You can fill your bidon, use the toilets, and – in case of a mishap – use a repair kit or a plaster. No purchase required. 

Want to see more action on your bike?

Is ‘normal’ cycling a little to dull for you? Would you rather take a spin on a mountain bike or racing bike? If so, Zeeland is the place to be! There are plenty of challenging routes where you can test yourself to the limit! Do you find most cycling routes too short? If so, check out our long-distance cycle routes. On this page you can find a plethora of routes from which you can put together a cycle tour of two or more days. Zeeland: for a sporting adventure!

Active cycling in Zeeland