Don't be too quick to discount the European beaches of anywhere to the north of France without thinking twice about it. Because in summer months, admittedly you still have to be a bit lucky with the weather, the beaches of places like Vlissingen (Flushing) can be surprisingly spectacular.
Vlissingen, population of 44,353, is a town in the southern Dutch province of Zeeland. Located near the corner of the North Sea and the Scheldt River (which brings ships to the harbor of Antwerp in a seemingly continuous flow), it has a strategic location and has always been an important harbor. In history it was one of the main points of embarkation for the Dutch East India company, the VOC.
In front of the town of Vlissingen lies a long boulevard that is excellent for a long stroll while overlooking the beach. When you head down into town towards the south-east you will pass a statue of Michiel de Ruyter (of Raid on the Medway fame). Head to the north-west however, and you will be strolling through the dunes with kilometers of sometimes crowded and sometimes empty beaches in front of them. Here you will also pass resort towns like Domburg.
Some of the best things to do in town? Have a dinner at one of the restaurants above the boulevard, enjoying fresh seafood (mussels?) while seeing the freighters pass by close to you. Het Arsenaal is an aquarium and maritime themed attraction mainly focussed on children, while MuZEEum is the province's maritime museum. [Review by travelindicator]
- Vlissingen is a city in The Netherlands's region of Zeeland. It has a population of 44,353, is situated at an altitude of 3ft and the best airport to fly into is AMS (Schiphol, Amsterdam)
- The currency used in The Netherlands is the Euro (EUR)
Other cities in the region (Zeeland, The Netherlands)
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