I have recently spent a wonderful week in Zeeland. Although it was the beginning of May it felt like summer, just with less tourists!
We were looking for a relaxing holiday, which in our family means that we do several activities, but at a slow pace and without any planning or schedule beforehand. In those few days I have discovered quite some great sites and love to share some of them with you.
Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, T-shirt: Pepe Jeans, Jacket: Yes or No, Shoes: Vans, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)
This is a small village in the region of Schouwen-Duivenland, at the edge of a beautiful dune forest with plenty of beaches within cycling reach. Some of these beaches offer complete quietness and privacy, while others can be reached by car and have got plenty of restaurants to choose from. In case you love an easy and beautiful cycling tour, I can strongly recommend hiring a bicycle or bringing your own and explore the dune forests and peaceful landscape on the many cycling paths around Burgh Haamstede. Maybe you are as lucky as we were, and you spot some deer too.
Veere is a super small and super sweet village in the region of Walcheren. It has got a charming harbour, many original shops and a large variety of restaurants. Veere is so small, that even people who aren’t a huge fan of city trips, such as small children for example, can “do” Veere.
Middelburg, also in the region of Walcheren, is the capital of the province and, like Veere, very charming with lots of old houses and streets plus a wonderful gothic town hall. If you like temporary art, check out this website, since part of the town hall functions as a museum for temporary art.
Trousers: Tally Weijl, Top: H&M, Jacket: Only, Shoes: Blox, Bag: New Yorker, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)
Beach & Sea
In the whole of Zeeland you have got a rich choice of beaches, often within walking or cycling distance. You will see wooden groynes on nearly every beach. They are built to avoid erosion of the beaches.
Dress: quinze heures trente, Jeans Jacket: Yes or No, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)
The sea is omnipresent in Zeeland. It was too cold for me to swim, but the view alone is already a joy, be it during the day or at dusk, when the sky colours in those beautiful shades of orange.
The sea offers Zeeland its tourism and fishing income, but it has also caused one of the biggest natural disasters in The Netherlands of the last century. In 1953 there was a huge storm and high tide. This combination led to a water level of more than 5.6 metres above sea level in some locations. Since a huge part of The Netherlands lies below sea level, you can imagine that disaster struck! 1836 people died in Zeeland alone that February night and there was widespread property damage.
You can learn all about this flood in the “Watersnoodmuseum”. The flood museum is located in four caissons that were used in 1953 to close the final gap in the dyke. Walking into the museum is like walking into the history of water from 1953 up until now.
Well, a lot to see and do and a lot of sea too! What kind of holiday is a relaxing one for you?