A day in Breskens on the beach

Breskens is located in the extreme southwest of the Netherlands in the province of Zeeland at the mouth of the Scheldt in the North Sea. With a really large selection of holiday homes and incredibly wide beaches , the small resort is ideal as a holiday destination for families with children.

We are now going to Breskens again (as a family with two children). The holiday homes are located directly behind the dune or the dike of the Breskens. This means you can quickly walk to the beach in just a few steps. The holiday homes and apartments can be rented on a weekly basis through the Verhuur-Centrum in Breskens or through large tour operators such as Roompot.


The size of the beach is only really visible from above
The size of the beach is only really visible from above 

The beach between Breskens and Cadzand was massively heaped up with sand from the sea in 2010 in order to protect residents from the storm surges in the North Sea, especially in the winter months. Even if the fortification of the coastal facilities is not without controversy among the locals, it has brought  about a very pleasant property for visitors: the beach in Breskens is really very wide compared to beaches on the Mediterranean Sea . It is also suitable for sports and games as well as for long walks. The beach in the area between the ferry landing point (to Vlissingen) and the Breskens lighthouse is really nice. The beach is only divided by a row of groynes every 300 – 400 metersto break the waves.


Sailing or flying a kite: everyone has enough space for their hobby on the beach at Breskens


By the way: I took all the pictures from Breskens on the extended Whitsun weekend of 2017, when many visitors from nearby countries (Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg) were in Breskens. The beach is not really “full”. Below the week it means emptier?

Play and relax on the beach in Breskens

The moment I put my feet on the sandy beach for the first time on every vacation, the vacation really begins for me. Everyone can do what they like on the beach. Some play soccer, volleyball, boules or frisbee. The others rest or read. Children are of course buried in and sometimes the family’s dad has to go into the freshly dug sand pit. The very daring kite or surf.

In the summer months, the beach cafes and restaurants along the coast are usually open daily. Both in “t ‘Halve Maentje ” or in Loods Tien you can enjoy sheltered from the wind with a wonderful view over the Scheldt over to Vlissingen and watch the pilot boats or large ships passing by. Since the Scheldt is the connection from the North Sea to Antwerp (in Belgium), large ocean liners pass here practically at any time of the day.

Weather and tides on Breskens beach

The ebb and flow of the tide can be clearly felt in Breskens. The tidal range (difference between ebb and flow) is sometimes 4 meters or more. As a result, the beach, which is already wide, becomes about 100 meters wider at low tide. Especially when the tide is low, you can hike extensively through the mudflats.

Lots of space on Breskens beach - not just at low tide
Lots of space on Breskens beach – not just at low tide


The weather in Zeeland is pleasant between May and September with temperatures between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius – but often quite inconsistent. If you are on holiday here, you should have shorts for sunny days as well as weatherproof clothing for windy and rainy weather in your luggage.

On the beach in Breskens with a dog

One of the special features of the sandy beach of Breskens is the fact that dogs are allowed on the beach of Breskens. Therefore, you can see many dog ​​owners walking on the beach with their four-legged companions. Here dogs and masters can romp around to their hearts’ content, play fetching sticks or jump into the water of the Scheldt.

Due to the exceptionally wide beach, you won’t get in the way of other dog owners.

The lighthouse on the beach in Breskens

The Breskens lighthouse
The Breskens lighthouse 

The Breskens lighthouse stands prominently at the western end . With its blue and white marking, it can be recognized from afar. At night, the tower lights the way for the passing ships. It is also a good marker for hikers – you can easily see it from afar. The lighthouse can be visited on selected days between April and October.

The photos from the lighthouse on Breskens beach are from 2016:

Excursions in Zeeland

If you don’t want to spend all days on the beach, you can go on a number of excursions in the vicinity. In the vicinity you can go shopping in Sluis or cycle along the coast to Knokke. For a day trip by bike, the ferry goes to Vlissingen. From there you can reach Middelburg in about 1 hour.

By car through the tunnel under the Scheldt near Terneuzen you can reach Middelburg from Breskens in about 50 minutes. Once there, the Delta Works further north is particularly  worth a visit. It has served to protect the Osterschelde from storm surges since 1978.

An open polyvalk (approx. 6 meters long). In the Netherlands you can sail without a sailing license.
An open polyvalk (approx. 6 meters long). In the Netherlands you can sail without a sailing license. 

By the way:  If you want to do more water sports, I recommend a visit to Wolphaartsdijk. There you can paddle, surf or even sail in the Verse Meer ”. The latter is possible in Holland on the inland waters without a sailing license.

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