Sightseeing in Zeeland

Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Top: H&M, Jacket: Only, Shoes: Vans, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

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.

Burgh Haamstede

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

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

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?

Love,

Lieske

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7 Comments

    1. Hi Nancy. I agree with you about staying close to the sea…very relaxing indeed. In case you are heading to Zeeland in the future, make sure to visit the Watersnoodmuseum. It is really interesting and the location is absolutely unique. Have a great weekend. Love, Lieske

  1. Yes Zeeland is pretty. But even though I was born there (Aardenburg, West-Zeeuws Vlaanderen), I never return. Or perhaps it is BECAUSE I was born there? I never search for tranquil places, being a big city girl to the core.
    Love that blue dress.
    Greetje

    1. Dear Greetje. I can imagine you prefer visiting other places. Next week I will post some photos of a mini break to the Alsace. That might be more your style! Oh…and I have worn another blue dress that weekend! Love, Lieske

  2. Zeeland Looks like such an ideal place to visit. I love that it offers a sweet village and wonderful beaches that one can access with a bicycle. What a smart idea to travel to a place when it is not high season. I also do not like to travel when there are many tourists. I also LOVE your outfit. That striped sweater is beautiful and I love the pink jacket. Thank you for taking me along on this lovely tour.
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

    1. Dear Elle. Zeeland is an ideal place to visit, but so are so many others. One of the many advantages of being a teacher is that I have got so many holidays over the year and living in Switzerland means that so many beautiful places are more or less around the corner…Two luxuries I highly enjoy, cherish and am thankful for. Love, Lieske

      1. Yes you are indeed lucky that way. But you have a particular mindset that allows you to truly enjoy every adventure. I admire that.
        ❤️❤️ Elle

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