Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is known for its conviviality and love for good food. Not surprising, because you are driving through a region that is strongly linked to Flanders. Because of the Flemish accent of the local inhabitants, it almost seems as if you are cycling in Belgium itself.
The route takes you for a few kilometers through the north of the Flemish Meetjesland. Many streams flow in this open polder landscape. After the village of Boekhoute you cross the border again. In the wide landscape you pass through a few hamlets before entering the Braakmanpolder. What was once a estuary has since 1952 become a nature reserve with a large dammed creek, flowery meadows and deciduous forests. A beautiful spot of Dutch cultural history.
In the village of Hoek you pass the Windlust, a flour mill from 1857. South of Philipinne, drive through the vast meadows of the ancient Sint-Pieterspolder and Groote or Oude Sint-Albertpolder. You will find a soothing peace here. The route ends in the cozy Sas van Gent, a former fortified city.
Historic Sas van Gent
Time left after cycling? Or are you staying at Hotel Royal? Then stroll around the beautiful Sas van Gent, a former fortified city. This pleasant town on the Belgian border has a long history. During the Eighty Years' War, for example, there was fierce fighting for Sas van Gent. The Second World War also left its marks here. For example, at the Generality bastion you will pass the hull of a flour mill from 1828. This mill was heavily damaged during the Second World War. A little further on you pass the Industrial Museum where you can view parts of former factories in Sas van Gent. Many devices from sugar factories, weaving mills and glass factories are on display here. The Maria Ascension Church on the Markt is a national monument from 1892.
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