Domburg, Picturesque and mondaine seaside resort
Domburg is the oldest seaside resort in the province of Zeeland. Picturesque and mondaine. It combines a beautiful beach with splendid scenery and an impressive historical little town right behind the dunes. As from the middle of the 19th century Domburg has been becoming a genuine seaside resort, although the first tourists already came to this place in the 17th century. The pure sea air combined with the vast forest- and dune-region, are the great crowd pullers. For this reason many seaside visitors came to this place to take a cure. And nowadays you’ll still be able to do the very same.
Domburg has already been a cherished seaside resort for ages. The small town borders on de Manteling, a surprisingly beautiful scenic area. It’s true that during the summer the town is a bit crowded, but on the other hand it’s also all the more cosy. The beach is wide and clean and the village has a picturesque character, mainly owing to its ancient buildings. Nowadays the village still draws many tourists, who are not only enjoying the beach and the sea, but also the attractive centre of the village. The Ooststraat, which after the Markt changes into the Weststraat, is a sequence of cosy outdoor cafés and beautiful shops. In the high season there is a lot to experience and frequently various events are being organized.
Evidently the main attraction of Domburg is the well-known beach. In the village and towards the dunes there are enough parking facilities, but during the summertime it can be very crowded up there. Some parking places are situated on a distance of only a few tens of meters from the beach and are close to the numerous beach transitions.
Domburg has a wide sand beach, which is especially known for its characteristic pile heads, specific beach cottages and of course the cosy atmosphere. Moreover the beach of Domburg is ecological, clean and safe, as a result of which the international environmental award ‘the Blue Flag’ has been attributed.
The beach is provided with play sets as well as public showers and toilets. On the beach gangplanks have been placed to enable people to easily enter the beach area with baby buggies or wheelchairs. At recognizable lifeguard posts, where, in necessary cases, even an appeal to obtain first aid could be made, stretchers, chairs, sunshades and windbreaks can be rented. Near the larger beach entrances you’ll find beach pavilions, where you can go to get food, drinks, ice cream and snacks. Furthermore this beach is the ‘hot spot’ for wave surfers. Do you prefer to go kiting? In that case you should go to the Eastern Beach or the Western Beach.
The centre of the village is situated right behind the dune area. By wandering through the enjoyable village of Domburg, you’ll especially notice the many grand-cafés. The most important street in Domburg is the Ooststraat, which merges into the Markt and continues as the Weststraat. You’ll find several pubs, shops and restaurants in this area. Most of the hotels, restaurants, cafés and pubs have a cosy outdoor terrace, which is used in abundance especially in the height of the summer. Furthermore you’ll encounter an interesting antique shop and a lot of small boutiques. In this villages the shops are open seven days a week throughout the whole year. Nowhere attention is attracted on the fact that this town has a remarkable magnificent past.
Domburg has over 20 hotels, a large holiday park and a few camping’s. Apart from this, quite a lot of inhabitants are letting holiday houses to tourists. The most well known hotel, the Badhotel lies on the outskirts of Domburg and has five stars. On the other side of the village, in the direction of Westkapelle, lies Holiday Park Hof Domburg. This holiday park, which has been awarded with 5 stars, includes a camping site, a subtropical swimming paradise and a cure- and beauty centre. Next to the modern facilities, you’ll all find a lot of cultural heritage (history) in this area.
An air of artistry surrounds Domburg. A seaside resort since the 19th century and a village of artists. Well-known for its clear sky, pure air and healing seawater. At the beginning of the 20th century this area has inspired various well-known authors, composers and painters, like Jan Toorop and Piet Mondriaan.
What motivated them to go to this eldest seaside resort of Zeeland? The light of Zeeland shines like nowhere else. The extraordinary light bias was the main attraction (reason). Just come and judge (see) for yourself. In the dune area you’ll find notice boards on every spot where Mondriaan used to make his sketches. Theme walks around the painters past and splendid historical buildings are keeping the glory of olden times alive. To be able to discover why these people choose to come to Domburg of all places, you should follow the Mondriaan route yourself.
Domburg is situated at the northwest coast of Walcheren between the villages Aagtekerke, Oostkapelle and Westkapelle. It’s the third oldest seaside resort of the Netherlands and being a genuine family resort, Domburg is a very popular holiday destination for both youngsters and elderly people. Just outside the village the scenic area de Manteling commences. This area extends from Domburg as far as Oostkapelle and consists of a unique forest on the edge of the dunes. You can find here an enormous diversity of plants and animals. You imagine yourself being in the Middle Ages when you encounter Westhove Castle with its moats and gardens. Here you can also visit the Terra Maris, where everything about the flora and the fauna of de Manteling is being told (explained). Last but not least it’s useful to know that the Dutch Forestry Commission has planned and constructed various walking routes in this scenic area.
- Visit the pleasant seaside resorts Zoutelande, Oostkapelle or the historic villages of Veere and Middelburg with many attractions.
- Discover Walcheren through one of the many beautiful cycling, hiking, horse riding and skating trips.
- Breath of fresh air during a long beach walk, the way to completely lose the tension of everyday life.
- Belgium is nearby.