When in Kwadendamme, wherever you look everything is green and thriving, here in the verdant heart of Zuid-Beveland. A small, lively and well-endowed village – with kindly Mother Nature for a neighbour.

It’s located in the ‘Zak’ of Zuid-Beveland, renowned for its attractive countryside of flowery dikes, polders fringed by wooded dikes, water pits, ponds and lakes. Among its historic farmhouses are the Kaneelpolderhoeve (think: cinnamon polder) and the Roode Hoeve named after the red dye of the madder plant. The oldest farmhouse is Kwistenburg, on the Zwaakse Weel, the remaining stretch of water of the former estuary 'de Zwake'. This used to be the route from Middelburg to Antwerp. The ‘weel’ is now a nature area.

You’ll hear yourself singing ‘these routes are made for walking’ as you wend your way around Kwadendamme. Several trails have been laid out, and you can compile your own selection from the route hub system.

In Kwadendamme itself stands the Sint-Bonifatiuskerk, a neo-Gothic Roman-Catholic church from 1902. Its neo-Romanesque stained-glass windows are well worth a closer look.

The historic Goes-Borsele steam train stops at Kwadendamme. It shuttles up and down all summer long, carrying kids of all ages, a-beaming and a-steaming. The schedule is on the website.

One of the nicest attractions of all Zeeland is Berkenhof’s Tropical Zoo. It’s often been voted the ‘best day out’ by the members of ANWB, the Dutch touring club. The mini-jungle is a delight of the colours and patterns of butterflies. Other fauna – though a tad shy – include the iguana, chameleon and armadillo. It has some pretty cool facilities for the homo sapiens species too: you can easily spend a fun-packed day here. This and other days out are featured on the website.