Trips, Eating and drinking.

Trips.

The Grevelingen
The Grevelingen is a nature reserve between Dirksland and Stellendam. A tower, accessible for free during opening hours (see website) offers a magnificent view over the Grevelingenmeer and the North Sea. On and around the Grevelingenmeer many excursions are organised, a number of which start at the information centre of the Grevelingen. From June 1st to August 31st there are trips looking for seals on the Grevelingenmeer every Wednesday and Saturday morning. Excursions to the nature reserve Kabbelaarsbank are also possible.
The Watersnoodmuseum
The Watersnoodmuseum commemorates the great flood of 1953, which inundated most of Goeree-Overflakkee and took 492 lives. Besides visiting the permanent and temporary exhibitions, there is a possibility to participate in activities, request a guided tour, explore the museum on your own or with an audio tour, or play exciting games.
A high tea in Ouddorp
A delicious high tea is always a good idea. Enjoy the nice savoury or sweet snacks and unlimited tea. To make the experience even more memorable you can also start with a glass of prosecco or even a glass of champagne.
Workshops ceramics and keramiek en pottery
At Potterie KLEInschalig in nearby Dirksland, ceramics are made, lessons are taught and workshops are given. Almost everything concerning clay (klei in Dutch, hence the name) is possible.
Tulpentocht

The Tulpentocht is an annual walking tour along the tulip fields of Goeree-Overflakkee. There are five different routes. The tour is well-known for all the musical contributions, its friendly atmosphere, the pancakes in Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet and, of course, the beautiful tulips.

Hikers, cyclists, and people on mobility scooters enjoy all the beauty the landscape of Goeree-Overflakkee has to offer. Start and finish are usually at MSV & AV Flakkee. The tour will take you through polders, along dikes and past the tulip fields around Middelharnis.

The optional walking distances are 11, 17.5, 25 and 40 kilometres. The two longest distances start at 8.00 am, the other distances at 9.00 am. The cyclists start between 11.00 am and 14.00 pm. For them the distance is 27 kilometres.

Pollies

Pollies is an informal cooking studio. They welcome people in a homely atmosphere and guide them through the preparation of a delicious, healthy meal.

Kunstkijk

Art and music of all kinds, spread all over the island in some thirty different locations. About eighty artists show work in a wide range in widely different fields of art.

Havendagen

Havendag Meneerse is Goeree-Overflakkee’s biggest event. It is organised on the first Friday and Saturday in June. All activities take place around Middelharnis harbour and in its centre.

Flakkeese Dagen

Flakkeese Dagen is the oldest and most renowned annual pop festival on Goeree- Overflakkee and with that the most important event for the organiser, pop foundation Jailhouse. A unique factor is the fact that all performing bands hail from Goeree-Overflakkee or are closely connected to the island. Over the last few years, the festival’s two days attract almost 30 acts and over 2000 visitors.

Markets

Here you find an overview of all markets, trunk sales, jumble sales, fairs and thematic markets. You will always find a fun market near!

Wildlife park

Meerkats welcome you at the entrance of Goeree Overflakkee’s largest wildlife park, in the middle of the Duivenwaardsepolder. Owls look down on you from above and you can hear the macaws calling from afar. And these are only few of the special animals, which also include foxes, capibaras, coatis and porcupines.

Tea Garden De Bongerd

People gather at the tea garden for some peace and quiet. Here, you can hear the wind rustling, the bees humming, and you see the butterflies flutter and the birds fly high overhead. The garden sells delicious blackberry jam, over a hundred tea blends, pastry, ice cream and lots of other drinks, including liquor.

Tea Garden De Bongerd lies on the Molendijk in Herkingen and is open at Friday, Saturday and Sunday until sunset.

Deltapark Neeltje Jans

For the largest part Zeeland lies on or under sea level. In 1953 the dikes were poorly maintained and low. Chances of flooding lay at once every 80 years. Thanks to the storm surge barrier that chance has declined to once every 4,000 years. Deltapark Neeltje Jans offers the unique opportunity to see this barrier from within and without. Concrete with a guaranteed lifespan of 200 years surrounds you, 150-foot steel doors tower over you while the tides rush under your feet. Visiting this place is a must!

Natuurmonumenten

On a daily basis, the ferry to Tiengemeten harbour forms the starting point of many a hiker. Their aim: explore the island in a day. But in fact, you would need more time to discover everything there is to be seen and done here. Nostalgic country lanes lead you straight into meadows laden with beautiful flowers or marshy fields covered in reeds. So near to the big city of Rotterdam, you will find the ultimate peace and quiet on this island, only recently opened up for tourists.

Golf course

Catharinenburg consists of an 18-hole golf course par 72, an 18-hole qualifying par-3 course and a part for lessons and practice with a large driving range, putting greens, chip and pitch field and sand and grass bunkers. The course is open seven days a week for everyone with a GVB or EGA handicap. Catherinenburg is the home course for Golfclub Roxenisse, but golfers from outside the region also like playing on this quiet and challenging course.

Expeditie Haringvliet

Expeditie Haringvliet takes a special place in the network of ferry connections. Each year the ferry offers a unique sailing experiences, with the possibility of enjoying the abundant natural surroundings, to thousands of locals and tourists alike.

From July through September there are ferry connections between Hellevoetsluis, Middelharnis, Nieuwendijk, Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet, Tiengemeten and Stellendam.

Driving along in an old-fashioned tram

You can go for a ride in one of the historical RTM trams. You will need to book the ride one day in advance. It is also possible to book at the museum in Ouddorp.

Riding school Oostmoer

Riding school Oostmoer offers its visitors the opportunity to ride its ponies or horses freely (so without instruction) in one of the indoor or outdoor arenas. This activity takes place each day, but at varying times, so a reservation is necessary.

Eating and drinking.

Of course Middelharnis and Sommelsdijk offer a large variety of nice, cosy restaurants.

Book a table at one the many restaurant around Middelharnis’s beautiful marina:

There is also a large choice oftake-away restaurants:

Due to Covid-17 measures, some restaurants will ask you to order in advance.

Fresh fish.

Or visit the fish auction at Stellendam for a freshly cooked fish (Monday through Saturday). Address: Meester Snijderweg 7, Stellendam.

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