Around Zeeland

Zeeland… …a cruising area with so much variety and so many possibilities. Here is a suggested cruise along the more famous places in the province.

After leaving Willemstad, we set course for Bruinisse, still a very active fishing port, where much of the Dutch mussel harvest comes from. Then we not only visit Zierikzee, but also sail up the Veerse Meer to see picturesque Veere. The next day we continue with a cruise around the lake itself, slowly heading towards Goes. One of the real Zeeland towns with lots of activity and cosiness. More off the beaten track on the quay or in the middle of the old town. After a day of seeing so much, it’s nice to enjoy the vastness of the Oosterschelde again. Taste the salt and let the wind blow through your hair. We end the day in another real fishing port, Yerseke. People really still work here, you can see it in everything. Fresh oysters, how the breeding is done and much more you can admire directly with your own eyes. And of course you can enjoy all the wonderful food in one of the many restaurants. Little by little, we have to shift course back home. But before we sail the last part, we first go back to fresh water.
Via the Scheldt-Rhine connection we reach the cosy Bergen op Zoom in Brabant. From here it’s a nice day trip back home via the Volkerak until we see the lights of Willemstad appearing again in the distance.

  • Culinary
  • Kids
  • Nature
  • Towns and cities
Waterway type: 
  • Adventurous
Travel time: 
  • Week

Stop over destinations


The fortified town of Willemstad spoils its visitors with a special combination of historical and culinary hospitality with numerous nice restaurants. Particularly interesting in terms of cultural history: the Mauritshuis, the Koepelkerk, the old town hall and the fortifications surrounding the city. And challenging through the rugged landscape, for example around the Hollandsch Diep. The marina provides a perfect base for your cruise.


30 km
Bruinisse is the home of many mussel fishermen. But with the presence of a large modern marina and a large holiday park it is always busy in the summer season with water sports enthusiasts and other visitors. Bruinisse is situated on the largest saltwater lake in Europe, the Grevelingenmeer. Crystal clear water without tides or currents with plenty of room to enjoy swimming, fishing, playing and much more!


25 km
At the mouth of the Oosterschelde, it is a landmark for many: the blunt tower of Zierikzee. The long supply canal has a large floodgate at the end, which still protects the city from floods and storms. Zierikzee is a lively town, and the passer-by harbour is within shooting distance of many terraces, shops and restaurants. Of course, you can also enjoy the many "salty delicacies" here and many mussels or Oosterschelde lobsters are eaten.


33 km
From the Veerse Meer we can see the town with the characteristic silhouette of the Great Church from far away. From the water we enter the old harbour of Veere. Discover the labyrinth of streets and enjoy this living open-air museum. The walk through the fortifications is really worth it. The many terraces at the harbour invite you to enjoy a magnificent view over the Veerse Meer or the harbour.


29 km
The medieval harbour of Goes is a great place to moor because of the view of the beautiful historical buildings. The quay walls of the harbour are among the city's national monuments. The names of the quays still remind us of the goods that arrived here: Turfkaai, Bierkaai. Go into the little streets directly behind the Grote Markt, where most of the shops are located. Twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday, you can visit the cosy weekly market in Goes with its many stalls.


17 km
We land in the cradle of the Zealand oyster: Yerseke (pronounced "ierseke"). Even for those who are not necessarily culinary adepts, this place is absolutely worth a visit. The oyster museum and the explanation about the cultivation of this "salty gold" is fun for everyone. And if you are a fan of mussels, this port is of course an absolute "must". Salt and Zeeland really get their physical shape here!

Bergen op Zoom

18 km
Where the provinces of Brabant and Zeeland kiss lies the ancient pearl, Bergen op Zoom. Enjoy culinary delicacies and taste the culture in a historical ambiance. The medieval streets and squares offer many hours of walking pleasure. The narrow streets, old squares and quirky monuments tell the story of a rich and eventful past that goes back more than eight hundred years. There are more than 800 monuments in the city centre, we are short of eyes!
Bergen op Zoom