Ovezande

The small village of Ovezande has its own year-round slumber party in the green heart of the Zak of Zuid-Beveland, full of flowered dikes, polders and ponds. A typical dike village, with houses atop and below the dike, it took shape around 1300, then on an island lying among mud flats. For many a year, the only link to the mainland was along a polder dike. Only accessible at low tide, you had to cross over a sandy ridge. Hence its name: over sand, ‘o-vezande’.

Two churches watch over the village, a Roman Catholic and a Dutch Reformed. The latter, on the Kerkplein, built in the 15th century. Now a private property, it is no longer used for services. Opposite it is the former tavern from 1645.

The RC Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaartkerk serves the communities of Ovezande, Driewegen and Ellewoutsdijk. Its rectory was built in 1870.

Just outside the village is the De Blazekop wind mill from 1884. Later, in 1935, this corn mill was fitted out with ‘Bilau sails’ – the first of its kind in The Netherlands. These sails are, in terms of aerodynamics, the closest approximation of a sail windmill to an aeroplane wing. Visits by appointment.

Every year after Ascension Day, the village lets down its hair, dons its earplugs and is invaded by hordes of fun-lovin’, finger-tappin’, bee-boppin’ visitors to the Klomppop Festivalweekend (klomp = clog). All Friday and Saturday, the dike vibrates to the buzz of the bands. Sunday, as you might imagine, turns down the volume a notch, with a focus on street theatre. This and other events in and around Ovezande are featured in our Events Calendar.