Until the construction of the Deltaworks, Schouwen-Duiveland was a relatively isolated area. Nowadays it is connected via three dams and a bridge to the islands of South Holland and Zeeland. These dams have not only increased the safety of the inhabitants, but also their mobility. However, the area has been dramatically transformed due to this. Nevertheless, most villages have maintained their traditional characters. Examples are the fishing village of Bruinisse, the rural Brouwershaven and the unique 'ring-village' of Dreischor. In the west of Schouwen-Duiveland, there is a vast dune area, several kilometres wide. During the summer months, the coast of Schouwen-Duiveland is a popular destination for seaside visitors from the Netherlands and other countries, Germany in particular.