The village of Hoofdplaat (d’Oôfploate in the family) is on the Westerschelde, in Zeeland-Flanders. The promenade presents a walk to the viewing jetty, where you can gaze out over the water for as long as you like.
The Benjamin among the villages in Zeeland-Flanders, Hoofdplaat was founded in the 1700s. The area had been inhabited previously, though sadly no trace was left after a flurry of floods. In 1778, the Hoofdplaatpolder was laid dry, with the village being built on the new land. The name means the ‘main (mud)flat’.
The 1785 Dutch Reformed (NH) church is the oldest building here, with its presence soon prompting demands from Flemish catholic labourers for a Roman-Catholic church. How things were done those days. That church has since been replaced, in 1861, by the Saint Eligius church which still graces the village today.
The former corn mill, De Hoop (the hope), has only its stump left now, which you can view on the Zuidlangeweg.
A flock of sheep – belonging to sheep park ‘De Goede Hope’ – wander along the village dike, some 40 different breeds including a handful of very rare foreign ones. Exotic.
The famous ‘De Kromme Watergang’ restaurant is run by Edwin and Blanche Vinke. There are two Michelin stars to make the trip worth your while.
Come, flock to the Zeedijk if you are keen to spot some seal. Their fave haunts for sunning are the sandbanks between Nummer Eén and Hoofdplaat. Bring some binoculars if you don’t believe your eyes!