Walcheren and the Bevelands
Since 1871, Walcheren has been an island no more, but it is however still a separate area. It takes a while to reach the cities of Middelburg and Flushing after entering the province of Zeeland. The seaside resorts of Zouteland, Westkapelle, Domburg, Oostkapelle and Vrouwenpolder are even further away. In the north of Walcheren lies Veere, a small picturesque city situated next to the Lake of Veere. The towns and villages lie in a virtually endless lowland that is characterised by agriculture. Before WWII, Walcheren looked a lot different to how it looks today. In order to chase the German occupying forces away, the allied forces bombarded the dikes. After the flooded area was reclaimed and the dikes were rebuilt again, it was decided to reorganise the agriculture. Twisting roads gave way to roads as straight as arrows. Despite all of this, Walcheren is still very beautiful place today. The region is peaceful and very quiet. It is therefore not only a suitable place of residence, but also a popular holiday destination.
North-Beveland and South-Beveland are largely agricultural areas. They always have been. Half of the population of Zeeland lives in one of the four main municipalities - Terneuzen, Middelburg, Flushing and Goes. The other half (approximately 180,000 people) live in the country side. The Bevelands can be typified by fields, pastures, orchards, dikes and flowers. The ‘Bag of South-Holland’ (the area situated in between Borsele, Goes, Ellewoutsdijk and Kapelle-Biezelinge) provides cyclists with many beautiful routes. The city of Goes attracts many tourists because of its famous momuments and shops. Yerseke, which is close to the Oosterschelde, is an important town for muscles and oyster cultivation.