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A DAY,
A MIDWEEK
OR A WHOLE SEASON?

Let's face it; many people know and consider Schouwen-Duiveland primarily as a holiday destination. And rightfully so. With its beautiful nature, vast space, peace and quiet, various accommodations, unique events, and many hours of sunshine, it’s difficult to find a better destination on the coast of the Netherlands. Even a short break on Schouwen-Duiveland feels like a real holiday.
And that's something we can’t express enough!

tent

It started with visitors putting up their tents in the orchards. Today you can stay in beautiful chalets and bungalows But there are still plenty of places to put up your tent.

winkelstraat

Shopping in Zierikzee is great fun. Need daily groceries? Pay a visit to one of the farm shops. You won’t find fresher products!

duikers

Being a former island, Schouwen-Duiveland is surrounded by water. More than half of the territory lies beneath water, mainly in the Oosterschelde and the Grevelingen.

EVENTS

Concert At Sea

DANCING,
CATCH A MOVIE,
GOING OUT

Feel like partying or a night on the town? Plenty of places you can go to on Schouwen-Duiveland!

Diverse schaal en schelpdieren - culinair

Zeeland has an abundance of well known local products such as wine and island-distilled whiskey from Schouwen-Duiveland.

versierd paard

Concerts, theatre and films; you don’t have to go far for a great night out.

Weidevogel

With the largest forest in the province Zeeland, wide beaches, dunes and a beautiful countryside, the only thing Schouwen-Duiveland doesn’t have are mountains. But you can’t have everything, right?

spelende kinderen op het strand

Everyone enjoys the beach in their own way. On the west side of Schouwen-Duiveland you can go to the beach that suits you most.

There's always something going on:

December 2018

Kerstmarkt Willibrorduskerk

Openingstijden
zaterdag 15 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 uur
  

Toneelvoorstelling Stormkracht

Openingstijden
Van 27 December 2018 t/m 2 January 2019
woensdag 10:00 - 17:00 uur
donderdag 10:00 - 17:00 uur
  
vrijdag 4 January 2019 10:00 - 17:00 uur
  

De Bruiden van Burgh

Openingstijden
Van 27 December 2018 t/m 5 January 2019
woensdag 13:00 - 16:00 uur
donderdag 13:00 - 16:00 uur
vrijdag 13:00 - 16:00 uur
zaterdag 13:00 - 16:00 uur
  

Gravensteen

Openingstijden
Van 7 December 2018 t/m 9 December 2019
woensdag 14:30 uur
zaterdag 14:30 uur
  

De Zeeuwse Keuken

Openingstijden
Van 7 December 2018 t/m 14 March 2020
dinsdag 11:00 - 17:00 uur
woensdag 11:00 - 17:00 uur
donderdag 11:00 - 17:00 uur
vrijdag 11:00 - 17:00 uur
zaterdag 11:00 - 17:00 uur
zondag 13:00 - 17:00 uur
  

January 2019

Nieuwjaarsduik Westenschouwen

Openingstijden
dinsdag 1 January 2019 15:00 uur
  

Knutselworkshops voor kinderen

Openingstijden
donderdag 3 January 2019 11:30 - 16:00 uur
  

Boekpresentatie geschenkwoningen

Openingstijden
donderdag 3 January 2019 11:00 - 12:00 uur
  

Toneelvoorstelling Stormkracht

Openingstijden
Van 27 December 2018 t/m 2 January 2019
woensdag 10:00 - 17:00 uur
donderdag 10:00 - 17:00 uur
  
vrijdag 4 January 2019 10:00 - 17:00 uur
  

De Bruiden van Burgh

Openingstijden
Van 27 December 2018 t/m 5 January 2019
woensdag 13:00 - 16:00 uur
donderdag 13:00 - 16:00 uur
vrijdag 13:00 - 16:00 uur
zaterdag 13:00 - 16:00 uur
  

February 2019

KOGA MTB Beachrace Zeeland

Openingstijden
zondag 10 February 2019 09:30 - 15:00 uur
  

Keramiekworkshop Bekers Maken

Openingstijden
Van 1 February 2019 t/m 2 February 2019
vrijdag 19:30 - 21:30 uur
zaterdag 10:00 - 16:30 uur
  

CULINARY

TASTE THE REGION

TASTE THE REGION

Eat out or cook your own meals. Whatever you choose, Schouwen-Duiveland will live up to your culinary expectations, especially if you prefer local products. Fruit, vegetables, meat and fish are fresh from the country and straight out of the water.

Schouwen-Duiveland is well known for it’s local products. Whether it’s meat from the lambs or cattle that grazed freely in the countryside or the oyster and lobster out of the Grevelingen or Oosterschelde. And, last but not least, many enjoy the mussels and other seafood delicacies from the region.
Second only to the province Gelderland , Zealand cultivates the most fruit in open soil. In the spring you can ride your bike along beautiful blooming trees. And in september the vines in Dreischor are filled with grapes for the Schouwen-Duiveland wines.

The restaurants and cafes of Schouwen-Duiveland are season-oriented and increasingly use local products, with or without Mediterannean influences. There are plenty of options for everyone to enjoy.

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CULTURE

ENTERTAINMENT AND FUN

ENTERTAINMENT AND FUN

Schouwen-Duiveland doesn’t only have a lot to offer during the high season. Even in winter there are concerts, comedy shows and exhibitions. fiZi, the cinema of Zierikzee, shows films throughout the year.

The cultural preference of one person might not appeal to another. Luckily, Schouwen-Duiveland offers a wide variety of cultural events. Especially during the high season, you can go to major  events such as Concert at Sea, Beachboom, Kunstschouw and other smaller festivals.There are several venues where you can hear and see pop and classicalmusic, comedy and drama. The most important are de Nieuwe Kerk, de Weverij and Brogum in Zierikzee and the cultural centre in Renesse.
The unique light has attracted artists to Schouwen-Duiveland for decades. In Kop van Schouwen, Renesse and Zierikzee, you can also follow an art/open studio route on alternating Sundays.
Let’s not forget the many museums on Schouwen-Duiveland. Eight of them have joined forces and together they portray, each in their own way, a clear picture of the origin and development of Schouwen-Duiveland.

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NATURE

BEACH, FOREST, DUNES AND MUCH MORE

BEACH, FOREST, DUNES AND MUCH MORE

With beaches stretching out for more than 17 kilometres, water as far as the eye can see, the largest forest in the province Zeeland, spectacular dunes and beautiful nature, there is really no reason to stay inside. Even if the weather might tell you otherwise.

Most people come to Schouwen-Duiveland for the beaches, the sea and the dunes. The unspoilt coastline, where nature to some extent can take its course, is unique. Of course this is best seen from the sea, but you might like a walk from Brouwersdam to the  Oosterschelde barrier (or the other way). From the Brouwersdam, you can cycle far past Renesse through the dunes . And the dunes of the Kop van Schouwen are perfect for beautiful walks.

On the other hand, many enjoy a walk or a bikeride through the vast and varying landscape of Schouwen-Duiveland. Visit the old Vroongronden between Renesse and Haamstede, the creek area  around Ouwerkerk or the Dijkwater at Dreischor. If you know where to look , the nature will reveal much of the island’s history .
That nature is particularly malleable in the Netherlands can be seen quite well in the Prunje. This nature area, formerly poor farm land, is still young, but (migratory) birds have discovered it in great numbers. This subsequently draws the attention from birdwatchers from all over Europe.

Also, the southern coast of Schouwen-Duiveland borders on the Oosterschelde National Park. How much (aquatic) nature do you want?

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WATER

WATER EVERYWHERE

WATER EVERYWHERE

With Schouwen-Duiveland being a former island, it’s hard to ignore it’s surrounding waters. And for thousands of years the water has been both friend and foe for Schouwen-Duiveland and it’s inhabitants. It has brought both prosperity and hardship.

Centuries ago, Zierikzee and Brouwershaven both prospered due to a flourishing seatrade. Today, the water attracts many water sports enthusiasts.
 Brouwersdam, for example, is known as “the place to be” for water sports. It has  a large marina and a sail and surfcentre with all sorts of activities.
The Grevelingen, the largest salt-water lake in Western Europe, attracts divers from across the globe. The underwater world of the Grevelingen is spectacular en since there is no tide, it’s a great place to take diving lessons.
The Oosterschelde is also a great divingspot, partly due to the unique cuttlefish one can see there. The currents and tides in Oosterschelde are however better suited for more experienced divers. Favourite diving spots are located around the Zeelandbrug (near Zierikzee) and the Plompe Toren at Burghsluis.

Sailors are also fond of Schouwen-Duiveland. If you want to take it easy, the Grevelingen is the place for you. If you enjoy currents and tides, then seek out the waves of the Oosterschelde. Zierikzee and Brouwershaven are popular harbours. In Bruinisse, you will find one of the most modern marinas in the Netherlands. The fishing village also has a harbour home to the mussel fleet. You can also moor in the marinas of Den Osse, Scharendijke, Marina Port Zélande and Burghsluis.

Not a sailor yourself? Why not take a trip on one of the tour boats? It’s always nice to see Schouwen-Duiveland from the water. You will learn more about life on, under and around the water. The nature and seal cruises in particular are very popular. And who knows, you may even see a dolphin swimming around the ship.
You can also sail on one of the historic ships docked in the harbour of Zierikzee.

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SHOPPING

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Zierikzee has become known for its many shops. You can find the latest fashion, fresh roasted coffee, delicious chocolates, speciality cheeses, great books, unique tattoos and of course fresh mussels there.

Shop, eat or drink something at an outdoor cafe and continue shopping; some love it more than others. The fact is, even when it comes to tablets, coffee makers, hearing aids and plants, Schouwen-Duiveland caters to your every need.

If you prefer to buy fresh, seasonal products, you can shop at an increasing number of farm shops. They often sell more than only their own produce and you will find other local products there as well.

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Beach

For everyone to enjoy

For everyone to enjoy

The west side of Schouwen-Duiveland has different types of beaches. You can go to family beaches, beaches suited for water sport activities or a combination of both. Those who love the nature and outdoors can visit the nature beaches. There are also two smaller naturist beaches.

Spot a seal or a dolphin?

Seals live off the coast of Renesse, the Voordelta, in the Oosterschelde and in the Grevelingen. You’ll find them sunbathing on the sandbanks or swimming curiously alongside your boat. Tip: go the local tourist information agency (VVV) to find out more about the seal safari’s. Dolphins are usually spotted at the furthest point of the harbour in Zierikzee, the marina and Plompe Toren in Burghsluis and Kats. Make sure to bring your binoculars!

Ever heard of going to the beach in a vast nature reserve? You can do exactly that on Schouwen-Duiveland! The sea surrounding Schouwen-Duiveland is part of large protected naturereserve called the Voordelta. The Voordelta, with its shallow waters and emerging sandbanks, is home to an endless variety of birds, fish and seals who come there to raise their young or to simply take a break. To accommodate the wildlife, The Voordelta has several resting areas and is designated as a Nature2000 area.

One of these resting area’s is found just off the shore of Renesse and is called ‘de Middelplaat”. During low tide, you can find dozens of seals who go there to rest. A beautiful sight to see, especially viewed from the beach. The Voordelta is also an important food resource for the many shorebirds who breed in the dunes of Schouwen-Duiveland. Especially in May and June you can see them flying about whilst in search of food.
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