Sunbathing on the beach, walking along the sea, bicycling along the ponds or horseback riding through the dunes? You name it. Schouwen-Duiveland has it all. Swimming, sailing, diving are also an option. Schouwen-Duiveland is also the place for an active water sports holiday as it is surrounded by the North Sea, Oosterschelde Grevelingenmeer. The island most North is often referred to as the crown of Zeeland; and rightly so, because it has everything you could wish for. Nature, greenery and serenity. A friendly polder (rural) landscape with beautiful villages, wide dunes, dikes ideal for beautiful bird watching, forests and innerbank wetlands and special remnants of a major disaster, the Flood of 1953. The northern part of Zealand is one of the few islands where the scars of this disaster are still visible. Over time, nature has had to entrust more and more to the residents. The organization ‘Staatsbosbeheer’ is dedicated to change this and is actively working to create ‘new nature’. To give the landscape a second life. Island Shouwen is once again a patchwork of natural areas. The most important ones in a nutshell:
Kop van Schouwen
The forest ‘Westerschouwen’ is the largest forest of Zeeland. The surf of the ocean is audible at all times. You can find wild honeysuckle, which smells amazing after a rainstorm. Along with the Meeuwenduinen the 'Kop van Schouwen’ forms a hilly landscape with sand dunes, dune valleys and meadows. Bird-rich forest edges and thickets. Along the laid out paths and the observation tower you will see nature come to life.
This creek area along the coast of the Oosterschelde arose from one of the largest dikes during the flood of 1953. A ring dike was constructed in this challenging area to constantly fight the churning water. ‘Staatsbosbeheer’ planted a forest here.
The rich soil is now lush with standing timber and dog rose (nature cultuvated roses). You can enjoy hiking on the border between land and water. Along the sea dike aligned with olive willow trees. If you prefer to really walk a distance make sure you choose the ‘Deltapad’. For the youth, there is a special search-your-way-walk; that is if they prefer not to swim in a nearby creek or run along the sea bank strips.
De Prunje:Plan Tureluur
In the seventeenth century writers already acclaimed the ‘Prunje’ as a bird paradise. After the excavation of the swamp a watery wilderness remained, an innerbank marsh. However, the watermills dried up the ‘ Prunje’. Later, once the flood in 1953 had passed, farmers brought culture to this area which made the habitat for birds disappear. On the southcoast from ‘Schouwen’ nature conservationists developed a plan ‘Tureluur’. The large salty marsh clay was returned to the ‘Prunjepolder’. Due to the salinity and humidity there exists a variety of vegetation. Once again it is overflowing with waterfowls and wader birds.This is definitely the place to be if you are a bird lover: there is an observation tower, a screen for bird viewing, and along the ‘Delingsdijk’ and the ‘Inlaagweg’ there is a special ‘bird boulevard’.