Most select bike routes in Zeeland
With the Zeeland bike hub network, you have the province at your feet. Construct your own route – a nice enough pastime in itself – or leave the routing to us. Either way, you’ll get the finest fiets fixes around! Our favourites are here, with their Dutch name. You can get them in more detail at a VVV Inspiration Point and in the web shop.
This route of 61 kilometres brings you along various villages on Schouwen-Duiveland. It recalls the 1953 flood disaster when, in the night of 31 January and 1 February, the dikes gave way during a severe storm, worsened by a flood tide. Many people from Zeeland drowned that night, and on subsequent days. Do visit the Watersnoodmuseum in Ouwerkerk, with its sober account of that time, in photos, film and eye-witness reports.
2. Zilte route
The Zilte route, some 51 kilometres long, goes past the salty Ooster- and Westerschelde estuaries. Growing in these waters are two briny delicacies: mussels and oysters. As the route unfurls, much about these two shellfish will become very familiar. The oyster ponds in Yerseke are a must . And that dish of mussels will help you continue.
3. Zwin route
The Zwin route stretches 39 kilometres along the unique Zwin nature reserve in West-Zeeland-Flanders. Once an estuary, the Zwin silted up and nature converted it to creeks, marine trenches and saltings. Tip: at hub #29, turn towards hub #45. You’ll have a gorgeous wide view over the reserve, before going on to the drowned Verdronken Zwarte polder, the beach resort of Cadzand-Bad and the fortified town of Sluis.
4. Panorama route
Another route along the coast of West-Zeeland-Flanders is the Panorama route. Its 39 kilometres follow the coastal bikeway, with panoramic views over the Westerschelde estuary and the North Sea. You’ll go past the Zwin (above) before reaching the new Waterdunen nature reserve and the villages of Breskens and Retranchement.
5. The Monumental Fietsen route
The sea delivered Schouwen-Duiveland much prosperity in the past. That wealth still gleams on the historic monuments you’ll pass by on this 59 kilometre route on the island. The silhouette of the Dikke Toren tower in Zierikzee can be seen from afar. It would have been double its present height of 62 metres had the funding not dried up. The town of Zierikzee as a whole has more than 500 national monuments. After them, the route will take you to the village where the poet and writer Jacobs Cats was raised: Brouwershaven.
6. Bunker route
The Bunker route of some 66 kilometres reveals the silent witnesses of the Second World War. Then, the coast of Walcheren was transformed by the occupying forces into a defensive line of bunkers, tank ditches and obstacles. Today, some 80 bunkers remain. The Bunkermuseum in Zoutelande explains them in detail. Nearby Westkapelle was deliberately bombed by the Allied forces to dislodge the occupier. That sad narrative is related in the museum: Dijk- en Oorlogsmuseum Het Polderhuis, about the dike and the war.
7. Discover the Ontdek Noord-Beveland route
The shapely contours of Noord-Beveland island are revealed during this 36 kilometre route , passing through such villages as Kortgene and Colijnsplaat. Most bike paths are on the outer side of the dikes, enriching your views over the Oosterschelde estuary and the Veerse Meer lake. Behind the dike lie inland inlets (‘inlagen’), small, secondary polders much visited by birdlife.
8. Een moment voor Tholen
This take-time-for-Tholen route is a great way to see many old farms. It roams for 77 kilometres along Tholen and Sint Philipsland. Each farm has an information panel at the roadside. You can recognise a historic farm from the layout of bake house-cum-outhouse, pig sties and coach house. When you cross the extensive polders of Tholen, you’ll know why it is an island of calm.
9. Rond het Veerse Meer
Whether you go clockwise or not, this route around the Veerse Meer lake follows the water for most of its 60 kilometres. The lake is a mecca for water sport lovers. You’ll surely go past sail boats, canoes and motor boats, and the historic town of Veere cannot be missed. The Grote Kerk will serve as your beacon. In the summer, there are two passenger boats: Veere - Kamperland and Kortgene - Wolphaartsdijk. Ferry good options for linking up with other routes.
The national bike platform judged us in May 2017 to be a 5-star bike province. There’s no higher award. Key factors were the overall quality of the bike hub system, network maintenance and the (many) bike cafés en route. The Zeeland Routebureau is always enhancing the system. Just so you can get the best cycling in the Land-On-Sea.