Mottekasteel bij Terra Maris Oostkapelle
Mottekasteel bij Terra Maris Oostkapelle
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Oostkapelle: nature and beaches

The lovely village on the coast of Zeeland is an attractive place with plenty of activities, inviting markets and fantastic beaches. The nearby nature reserves are ideal for walking and cycling.

  • The area on the Dutch North Sea coast is known to be very child-friendly.
  • The beaches around Oostkapelle are among the loveliest and the cleanest in the Netherlands.
  • Oostkapelle is bordered by two nature reserves with dunes and forests.
Oostkapelle is a very 'social' resort. There's always a happy crowd of guests sitting in the street cafes, and markets take place on a regular basis. Climb the stairs of the church tower and enjoy the view of the colorful hustle and bustle in the village, as well as the lovely landscape and the polders of Walcheren.

The beaches of Oostkapelle

Oostkapelle is known for its long North Sea beaches with fine sand, which have been awarded the Blue Flag for their cleanliness and the good water quality. You'll also find plenty of accommodation near the beach, such as vacation homes and apartments. You should also visit the 'Zeeland Riviera', which includes the resorts of Westkapelle, Zoutelande and Dieshoek. The beaches there are lined with dunes up to 50 m high. You can find one vast beach in the neighboring Vrouwenpolder: Breezand is an attractive place, with a pirate play ship and inviting beach restaurants. Another fantastic beach in Zeeland can be found at the neighboring seaside resort of Domburg. You can also find the typical Zeeland groynes (wooden stakes) which stretch out into the sea. Domburg is also home to a beach for dogs.

Discover nature

You don't have to sail, fish, dive, surf or sunbathe all the time at the beach at Oostkapelle. You can also hire a bicycle and explore the polders of Walcheren. You should also visit Westhove Castle and maybe even spend the night there, as it's been converted into a hostel. Terra Maris, the museum of nature and countryside in Zeeland, is housed in a former greenhouse from the 18th century. You can find the interesting museum in the Manteling nature reserve between Oostkapelle and Domburg.

Costumes & traditions

Costume shows are regularly organized for visitors to the village. Imagine yourself among all the nostalgia in the past, when the men wore black clothes and the women wore beautiful head coverings with little mirrors on them. For example, did you know that each village in Zeeland had its own special head covering? Find out more during your stay in Oostkapelle!

Restaurants in Oostkapelle

At the border of Oostkapelle, in the direction of the beach, lies the Boschhoek restaurant with a large sunny terrace. Right in the center, you'll find the De Babbelaar cafe and restaurant, where steaks, spare ribs and satay skewers are on the menu. If you'd rather go for a meal on the beach, there are several beach pavilions waiting for you there. There's even more restaurants and bistros to choose from in neighboring Domburg. From fish stands to Chinese food to haute cuisine - the culinary offer of international and Zeeland meals is great.

Lovely destinations

If you're spending your vacation in Oostkapelle, you should also explore the diverse Walcheren Peninsula and the nearby area. Especially worth seeing are the city of Middelburg, steeped in tradition, with its great abbey, and the Dutch seaside resort of Domburg with its idyllic houses and water tower, a listed building. And you just have to try Zeeland delicacies, such as oysters in Yerseke, Renesse with its 21 km long beach is just as interesting a destination as Vrouwenpolder, from where you can see the famous Delta Works.

Vacation homes in Oostkapelle

In Oostkapelle, you'll find plenty of cozy vacation homes and apartments in close proximity to the North Sea. There's also one particularly lovely and remarkable accommodation opportunity for you in Oostkapelle; the Stayokay Hostel is housed in a former castle. There are also various beach hotels, bed and breakfasts and small vacation parks in Oostkapelle. 

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