North Sea Route

This bike route uses ferry and bridge crossings between the various islands that make up Zeeland.  It takes you along the canals of Flanders through a number of ancient towns.  On occasion you will ride away from the coast but you are never far from a canal, river or lake.  The area is flat, the locals mostly speak some English (though you may need to give them time to engage), the food is generally good and the beer very interesting.

Accommodation is plentiful but, given the popularity of this area, finding somewhere to stay at short notice can be difficult in high summer. The accommodation column below provides an indication of the number of hotels or similar in each village/town.  Brielle is the only town shown which is off the direct route, but it is very pretty and worth a detour if you have time.  A more detailed map can be found at North Sea map.  The route below goes from south west to north east, as does the prevailing wind.

  • None: 0
  • Few: 1 or 2
  • Some: 3 to 6
  • Many: 7 or more
Place of Interest



Zeebrugge 0 Ferry.pngstation Many
Lissewege 4 station Some
Brugge 15 fortified moated citychurchstation Many
Sluis 32 Some
Breskens 49 Ferry.png to Vlissingen Some
Vlissingen 49 stationFerry.png to Breskens Many
Middelburg 56 walledcitychurchstation Many
Veere 64 churchwalledcityferry seasonal to Kamperland Some
Kamperland 76 ferry seasonal to Veere Few
Zierikzee 101 churchwalledcity Some
Noordgouwe 108 church Few
Scharendijke 119 Few
Ouddorp 133 Few
Hellevoetsluis 152 walledcity Few
Rockanje 161 Few
Oostvoorne 167 Some
Brielle (nearby) (173) walledcity Some
Rotterdam Europoort 176 Ferry.pngstationclose by Few
Useful links
Flanders Belgium Tourist info
Zeeland VVV Tourist Info
Dutch bike paths Very difficult to use
Another Dutch bike path Difficult to use
Belgian bike paths
Flanders and Zeeland bike paths The easiest bike path tool
Dutch railway
Good map in the Netherlands tab
Belgian railway

Information on each village can be obtained from its web site by clicking on the village name in the table above.  For those that do not provide an English version, see the advice on web translation.   


  • walledcity Moated city
  • church Abbey, cathedral or other major church
  • ferry seasonal Seasonal ferry
  • Ferry.png Ferry
  • stationStation
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