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Sustainable destination Goeree-Overflakkee, The Netherlands

Goeree-Overflakkee, a green, wide, watery, and sustainable island on the border of South Holland and Zeeland offers everything for a weekend getaway or longer stay!

The island with its vast coastal region is worth exploring for the whole year round. There are multiple beautiful hiking routes and bike rides. Both the east and the west offer beautiful natural areas, dune fields, salt meadows, tidal gullies, salt marshes, alluvial land and mud flats. Experience fresh wind and sea, explore nature areas; a world of wildlife with horses, beavers, bird colonies like flamingos and sterns, and wild seals. On the west side of Ouddorp and the Brouwersdam, you will find many long, wide sandy beaches and beautiful dune fields. The Grevelingen, the Haringvliet, and the Brouwersdam are well-known water sport areas for active water sports like kitesurfing, surfing, kayaking and sailing. In the Grevelingen one of Europe’s largest and cleanest saltwater lakes, divers can swim to their heart’s delight. Enjoy the authentic villages with their own charm and historical heritage, or go shopping in Ouddorp en Middelharnis. Relax and enjoy this truly natural island in a beautiful and authentic environment.

Sustainable destination Goeree-Overflakkee, The Netherlands

Goeree-Overflakkee has a sustainability ambition, the islands hopes to provide its own energy by 2020 by saving energy and renewable power generation. As a living lab for innovations in sustainability, sustainable destination Goeree-Overflakkee wants to share its knowledge with the world. The island has been used as a field lab for the use of hydrogen as a sustainable energy source. Goeree-Overflakkee has an outstanding reputation in various sustainability areas and is a sustainable holiday destination. The island has received the QualityCoast Platinum Award. The Blue Flag flies in many marinas and beaches, which represents clean and safe (swimming) water, beautiful nature, good sanitation and a healthy environment. Goeree-Overflakkee’s beach was even declared the cleanest beach of Holland in 2019. They have even been rewarded with the “Best of Nature” in 2019 at the ITB Berlin,  the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show.
Overnight stays can be provided in a B&B, campsites, beach lodge, holiday park or hotel with a Green Key certification, the hallmark for the sustainable recreation and leisure industry. The island offers numerous eco-friendly activities; you can hire an electric scooter or bike, for instance, or take a tour of the harbor canals in a noiseless boat.

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things to do

Discover the flora & fauna Due to the influence of both fresh and sea salt water, you can find here a huge variety of birds and plants, such as orchids and parnassia. In the Flakkee polder landscape you can spot wild fjord horses; beavers can be found near the beach of Den Bommel and seals in Bollen van de Ooster. Not enough yet? Every year, from mid-October to April, a group of flamingos hibernate in the Grevelingenmeer (lake) near Battenoord.
Tij, bird observatory Situated in the nature reserve Scheelhoek (Deltahaven 69, Stellendam). It has the shape of an egg from the large stern and offers a fantastic view of the delta nature of the Haringvliet. From here you will spot among other things big terns, spoonbills and shelducks. [PH Merijn Koelink]
Visit authentic villages as Goedereede at the top of the island or the fishing village of Middelharnis. Then go to Sommelsdijk to drink a beer at the local beer brewery Solaes and visit the Regional Museum.
De mèkkerstee Experience the farm life at the organic goat farm De Mèkkerstee, in Ouddorp. See how lovely they are taking care of their goats and get to know the other animals on the children's farm. In the cheese factory you can also see how cheese is made.
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