A trip to Westkapelle will be filled with lots of water. Whether you are interested in the towns history with water, doing water sports on the beach or cruising around the area, water will be a main element of your trip.
Hotels in Westkapelle
There is a range of hotels to choose from when you decide to stay in the town of Westkapelle. Make sure to pick a hotel based on your needs and preferences. Are you visiting Westkapelle for its sights, for example? Make sure to pick a hotel located close to sights, instead of one that requires you to travel more or longer.
Popular sights around Westkapelle
Westkapelle has a historical status. One of the biggest events in the town is the bombings that happened in 1944. 180 inhabitants died and Westkapelle was as good as ruined thanks to the bombs and the incoming seawater. As a monument for the war, as well as the liberation, a Sherman Tank is located on the dyke. Behind the lighthouse there are graves of the war victims.
The lighthouse itself has a whole story of its own. It is a remnant of the gothic church that burned down during the 18th century. A beacon was placed on the tower in the 19th century so it could serve as a lighthouse. Unique for the tower is that it is not located on seaside of the town, but on landside. This was done on purpose, as the dykes were not as strong at that time. Placing the lighthouse on the other side of town, meant there was a smaller chance of big damages in case of a flood. Together with another lighthouse on the south side of town, the lighthouse points ships to the Westerschelde.
Another sight is the Westkappelse Zeedijk, a five kilometre long dyke protects the island Walcheren against the sea. This used to be the token of the Dutch forces against water, until the Deltawerken were built. If you are interested in the history of the town, including its history in World War II and its history with the fight against water, you should visit the Dijk- en Oorlogsmuseum.
Westkapelle is located on the western point of the former island Walcheren. Since the town is located near the sea, it also has a beach. Water sports are quite popular here, like kitesurfing. The town is also bordered by De Kreek, a lake that formed after the dyke was bombed during the World War. Visiting Westkapelle in the beginning of july? Make sure to visit the annual carnival.
The landscape in the province is different from the rest of the Netherlands. While visiting Westkapelle and Zeeland, make sure to take some time to cruise around and admire the landscape. Rent a car or a bike for example.
Hotel Facilities in Westkapelle
In case you decide to book a getaway to Westkapelle there are several (kinds of) hotels to choose from. Would you like to wind down with a bath after a day of sightseeing? Or do you want a fancy dinner served when you come back to the hotel?