Neeltje Jans

Sometimes we need a quick break, a burst of fresh air or some head space. We all have our favourite places we head to, to obtain that feeling. Or just because we like being there. One of my favourite spots is Neeltje Jans in the Netherlands.

Neeltje Jans is an artificial island in the Netherlands in the province of Zeeland, halfway between Noord-Beveland and Schouwen-Duiveland in the Oosterschelde. It was constructed to facilitate the construction of the Oosterscheldedam. After the construction, a fun park with attractions and other various expositions were built on the island, which are now connected to the shore through the dam. Another addition of the island is a nature reserve.

Neeltje Jans on Wikipedia

Off course the fun park & various attractions is where we never go, they are all located in the inner side of the dam. We prefer to the outer side, the seaside part of the Island. It’s all artificially constructed but that gives it a that surreal look and feeling. I prefer going there when the weather is chill, windy and the sky is cloudy. That’s my favourite moment because that kind of weather also keeps the crowds away.

We’ve been coming here for a couple af years now in all seasons and besides the wind that clears the mind it’s also a great spot to find crabs, oysters and mussels. Our kids love running around there searching for hidden treasures, the dog even more 🙂

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