Grevelingen Lake is framed by two islands and two dams: the island of Schouwen-Duiveland to the south, the island of Goeree-Overflakkee to the north and Brouwersdam to the west. Grevelingendam lies east of the lake and once you’ve made it to dry land, there is plenty more to explore!
Time to introduce you to the islands…
The landscapes on these islands vary from open expanses of dunes to characteristic polders that are ideal for exploring by bike and on foot. Ouddorp and Herkingen are popular holiday destinations and nearby Goedereede is also very popular with visitors. Let´s not forget the island of Goeree-Overflakkee’s beautiful, wide sandy beaches and Brouwersdam – the perfect spot for sunbathing and water sports.
There is plenty to see on the island of Schouwen-Duiveland from the popular forests and dunes on its western coast to the historic town of Zierikzee, charming Dreischor and the North Sea Floods Museum. The island’s lovely sandy beaches alone are the ingredients for a fantastic holiday, but we can also highly recommend the woods, dunes, inlets and wetlands in the islands nature areas. So jump on your bike or get out your walking boots and explore the island of Schouwen-Duiveland!
Honest, fresh produce
Food is celebrated every day in Grevelingen. Many of the local restaurants serve fresh cockles and eels, and anyone daring to venture a little further from the lake will be rewarded with all kinds of honest produce from the local farm shops, such as salsify, parsnips, fresh fruit, eggs, farm cheeses and even local wines. Which unusual vegetables have you managed to find on your travels?
To do tips
Spend a day touring Grevelingen Lake and you’ll soon discover the wealth of activities the lake and surrounding area have to offer. Take a detour and you’ll find even more!
A (de)tour is also a great way of discovering some of the hundreds of events taking place on the islands of Goeree-Overflakkee, Schouwen-Duiveland and in Brouwersdam as well as the endless attractions, cafés, restaurants and shops.
RTM Tramway Museum
In Ouddorp, you´ll find the RTM Tramway Museum which has photos, videos and models from the island’s early tramway network. The tramways were heavily damaged during WWII and the North Sea Flood of 1953 brought the final blow to this extensive network. The trams were then replaced by buses. When you visit the museum, don´t forget to take a ride in one of the original steam or diesel trams that run along Brouwersdam!
De kleine Schorre winery
You don’t have to go abroad to sample great wines. In Dreischor, you’ll find De Kleine Schorre Winery, where they process their own grapes into local wines. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines even serves this speciality wine from Zeeland on their flights!
Drop in and join a wine tasting or a tour!
If you are in and around the areas known as Kabbelaarsbank and the sand flats of Brouwersdam, you might spot the odd, random Qr-code on a boulder, on a pole outside the public toilets or in the middle of a road. Well these Qr-codes have in fact been put there on purpose, as part of the QR game called the Dam Quiz.
The Dam Quiz is a challenging and fun way of exploring the area and finding out everything there is to know about Brouwersdam. All you need is a smartphone with a QR-reader. You can play the game by scanning the QR-codes that have been put up all around the Kabbelaarsbank area, and you can play it in teams or on your own. The aim of the game is to see who knows the most about Brouwersdam.
Whichever route you end up taking on the quiz, it will always lead you back to the start. After scanning a Qr-code, you will be given questions about the Brouwersdam, the surrounding area and about natural history. If you answer them correctly, you will be given clues to help you get to the next Qr-code as quickly as possible, and so on. The first person or team to the finish line wins!
The quiz starts at the Middelplaat on the Kabbelaarsbank dike in Ouddorp. You can park at Zeil & Surfcentrum Brouwersdam (Brouwersdam Sailing and Surfing Centre), where you will also find an information board with directions to the start.
Top off your day at Grevelingen Lake with one of the many events that take place in the area regularly. Check our events calendar for a complete overview of what’s going on around Grevelingen. You’ll find everything from tours and excursions to exhibitions and concerts. Here are just a few of the many events Grevelingen is famous for, starting with the most popular:
Concert at Sea
Enjoy sun, sea, and music in a unique location. What started in 2003 with a one-off performance by popular Dutch band Bløf on Brouwersdam has grown into two-day annual festival attracting top international artists and over 60,000 concert goers. Capturing the quintessential spirit of Zeeland, Concert at Sea is now one of the top music events in the country.
The Mission is the top two-day windsurfing event held on Brouwersdam every August. Top surfers get an opportunity to show what they’ve got and beginners can try out new techniques. Don’t miss a moment of the action! The event rounds off with food and festivities. The Mission takes place at Zeil & Surfcentrum Brouwersdam (Brouwersdam Sailing and Surfing Centre) in Ouddorp.
Bruinisse Fishing Festival
Bruinisse organises a 3-day fishing festival every year known as the “Visserijdagen”, which takes place in mid-July and is always packed full of festivities and activities. There is even a Miss Visserij contest, fair and party!