With Juliette to the coast… Zeeland!
Wide, clean, easily accessible and sandy beaches; an isolated cove where you can let the sound of the surf wash right over you or a busy beach with an excellent choice of sporting activities: Zeeland has it all.
Soak up the spring sunshine in front of your bungalow tent with a good book; lounge at a stylish beach club whilst the sun goes down; dive into the waves until you run out of breath or watch one of the province’s spectacular autumn storms in wonder. Whatever you choose, the superb sand and sea is here all year round.
Cleanest and sunniest beaches
Dunes and dikes offer the only elevation in this region with sandy beaches that spread for miles: wide and uninterrupted. Others have characteristic breakwaters jutting out into the sea and in some places you can drive your surf gear right up to the water’s edge, over the dams and dikes. One thing all of the province’s beaches have in common though, is that from Brouwersdam to Cadzand and from Domburg to Colijnsplaat, Zeeland has the cleanest and sunniest beaches in the whole of the Netherlands.
History is very much alive in Zeeland and you can find it reflected everywhere in its historic buildings, from windmills to former defensive structures, in its churches, lighthouses and in its historic farmhouses. Visiting them, is bound to take you back in time to Zeeland’s rich seafaring past.
Zeeland has a proud history and its people are glad to share their stories about it in their plentiful museums. In fact, Zeeland has the most museums per capita of any Dutch province. Many of them are dedicated to their local cultural heritage, to farming and to fishing but you will also find museums about major twentieth century events such as the Second World War and the 1953 North Sea floods.
In 1953, Zeeland was devastated by a terrible flood, giving rise to new coastal defences in the form of the Delta Works. The idea behind the Delta Works was to shorten the amount of coastline that was exposed to the sea. In order to accomplish this, the estuaries needed to be dammed, and those estuaries that remained open to the sea, needed to have their sea walls raised to five metres above sea level.
The islands of Zeeland were originally created by the tide and people have since filled in the gaps, so to speak. The countryside is still scarred by creeks and potholes (‘kolks’) that keep appearing as a constant reminder of how difficult it was to do. They are reminiscent of breaches in the region´s dikes, good examples of which can be found in De Braakman tidal inlet in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (which is split into North and South) and the beloved Zak van Zuid-Beveland area with its flower-dikes and age-old waters. Dike breaches are responsible for giving the coastline of the Oosterschelde estuary in Noord-Beveland its rugged shape, its inlets and its mud flats.
Juliette found a beautiful and very comfortable beach campsite for you which fully meets its high demands: Beach Campsite Groede (Strandcamping Groede).