The quiet spot of Aagtekerke – we say Aegte – is close to the coast between Domburg and Oostkapelle. If you want to skip the tourist bustle, it’s a great alternative, surrounded by polders and pastures. A super starting point for a bike ride or a walk in the countryside of Walcheren.
The village is named after Saint Agatha. Nowadays it’s the Protestant church which is the more significant. The church sits 1,000 worshippers, in a village of 1,500 people.
At the end of the 13th century, a Cistercian nunnery was established in Aagtekerke. It is thought that it was destroyed around 1572-1574 during the war of the Dutch Geuzen with Spanish forces in Walcheren. The road now known as Prelaatweg is a reminder of the superior of the convent.
The real eyecatcher here is the hexagonal timber corn mill, the only remaining one of its kind in Zeeland. It often operates on Saturdays, and can be visited then.
Aagtekerke is located in the middle of the nature reserve of De Manteling van Walcheren a 700-hectare area in the Kop van Walcheren. There you’ll find old manor houses, woods, some sand dunes, stately avenues and winding paths.
The summertime sees a variety of events in the village. In the annual Solex race, drivers get all dressed up for cracking their way through the streets. For an up-to-date list of events in
Aagtekerke, check the events calendar.