The village of Flupland, or Sint Philipsland, is located on the eponymous island, smack-bang beside the Krabbenkreek. It is the eminence grise of the villages on the island, so you’ll feel at home here. The island resulted from dikes being laid around several mudflats in the 15th century. The village then came along in 1645, a settlement on the south-eastern corner of the island, a typical ring-mainstreet-village. The Voorstraat culminates in the Kerkring, church at the bulls eye. The best of both worlds of Zeeland’s medieval urban planning.
That church – Dutch-Reformed or NH – was built in 1668, a church-hall with a classic small spire on the roof, known as a roof-rider. It is one of three churches in the village.
On the village outskirts are three key buildings, cheek-by-jowl. Built in 1925, the water tower on the Provinciale Weg can hold 125 cubic metres of water. In times gone by, water towers were used to ensure a constant pressure on the water mains.
On the Oostdijk, you will find the corn mill De Hoop, with typical ground sails, dating from 1724. In the database of mills, it is listed as the smallest proper mill in Zeeland. You can view it by appointment, and admire the so-called ‘babble-house’ or Leugenkot beside it. One goes here for the latest gossip, from the village and the world at large.
The location next to the Krabbenkreek has given the village a charming little beach, just beyond the Zuiddijk. There are no amenities, but the view – over the ‘kreek’ and the island of Tholen – makes up for that, and then some. This water runs all the way to the Oosterschelde, along the Mastgat. Incidentally, the Oosterschelde nature park is the largest in the country.