Just 3 km away, the Eastern Scheldt (National Park) flows through the storm surge barrier into the North Sea. This barrier was constructed following the flood catastrophe of 1953, which has left its mark on the island. You can find out all about the construction and history of the Delta Works and at the former work-island of Neeltje Jans.
There are plenty of spots for fishing and diving and the Brouwersdam is perfect for surfers, who can choose between the waters of the Grevelingenmeer on one side of it and the open sea on the other. Boats can also be hired there.
The "Prunje" is a popular bird reservation, where you can watch a huge variety of species. The region also offers 2 livery stables where horses can be hired for rides on the beach and through the woods: the “Dominiale bossen”.
The historic towns of Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg have much to offer the dedicated shopper and the larger town of Goes (30 min.) and the cities of Antwerp and Rotterdam (1 hour) are within easy driving distance.
The promenade at Vlissingen is also a popular attraction with its vistas of huge seagoing vessels passing up and down the Western Scheldt.
Cyclists can use the various cycle paths that connect the islands, crossing from one to the other on ferries.
A day tour of Zeeland Flanders with its colourful history, towns, cities and forts, is another attractive option.
Our broad beaches enjoy the most sunshine hours of the Netherlands and have everything it takes for a lovely seaside holiday. The island is a haven of peace in mid and low season.