Last week we went to Domburg, a seaside resort located in Zeeland, the Netherlands. I’ve been wanting to visit Zeeland since I first moved to the Netherlands, nearly two years ago, but it’s around a 2 hour drive from where we live – so a lot of travelling for a one day trip.
Best get a hotel for the night and make a mini-break out of it then! 🙂
Except that the weather wasn’t so kind to us! I mean, yes… it’s March… but just a week earlier we’d had some glorious sunshine and it almost felt like spring. In Domburg, it did not feel like spring!
We obviously weren’t going to let a little thing like the weather deter us though! (And at least it wasn’t raining… just cooooold.)
We stayed in a castle. Yup. But castles conjurer up luxury and elegance, but actually it’s a Stayokay hostel! Let’s not beat around the bush: sometimes we stay in nice hotels, but really, we prefer to spend our money on good food & drink and having fun! We looked up hotels in Domburg for the same date and they were €120. Stayokay was less than half that price – and we wanted to fill our bellies with seafood!!
Kasteel Westhove (a 13th-century castle, complete with turrets and a moat) is situated in Oostkapelle, a small village adjoining Domburg. The location was fantastic, just 5 mins walk to the beach or a 25 min walk to the centre of Domburg. Or, if you hire bikes – less than 2 mins to the beach and a 7 minute bike ride to Domburg! Much easier 😀
Hire a bike
You can cover a lot more ground by bike which frees up extra time to explore! Our bike hire cost just €6 for half a day. We hired ours at Stayokay, but there are lots of other bike hire places in Domburg.
Oostkapelle strand (beach)
The first thing we had to do was check out the beach, obviously!
It’s a gorgeous beach with all these rows of poles. No idea what they’re for – I’m sure they’re useful for something – I’m just not sure what!
In the summer I’d love to spend hours here sunbathing, having a picnic, swimming in the sea, but alas that will have to be next time!
Domburg Town Centre – Domburgsche Bier en Melk Salon
Our first stop was Domburgsche Bier en Melk Salon, because with a name like that… how could it not be!?
Cute little place, we had a beer each and some good old Dutch cheese. They also have a garden, which would be great in *ahem* summer. The beer got us in the mood for more anyway, and since there wasn’t much else to do apart from freeze our asses off on the beach, we did a bit of an impromptu bar crawl…
Location: Weststraat 11, 4357 BL Domburg
Next stop: Oase Domburg. Technically a restaurant, although it’s open from 11am onwards so they’re encouraging people for drinks and snacks too. Ah, go on then…
We had local Zeeuwse oesters, there are two types: creuse and platte (flat) but we went with the creuse. (Google tells me that’s the colloquial term for the Pacific oyster!) I can’t vouch for the rest of the food there, but the oysters and cava were delicious!
Location: Strand Domburg 70, 4357 XZ Domburg
Time for a little break and a walk. Really close to Oase is Hoge Hil (nope, I haven’t spelled that wrong, it only has one l) from which you can get fantastic views of the beach and town.
Boulevard Van Schagen
Boulevard Van Schagen is a pedestrian path which leads from Hoge Hil to Badpaviljoen. It was created in 1899 and renamed Boulevard Van Schagen in 1987, after J.C. Van Shagen, the renowned Domburg poet and graphic designer. (Source: hostelblog.com)
Markt 6 (Grand Cafe)
Next on the menu was Markt 6 which again, is a Grand Cafe but they were more than happy to let us pop in for a drink, since we already had dinner reservations. Great place, really modern, spacious and light. In fact, everywhere we went in Domburg was great! There wasn’t a single place letting it down.
Location: Markt 6, 4357 BG Domburg
De Roode Leeuw
We had just enough time to check one more place out before we headed to dinner, so we chose de Roode Leeuw (The Red Lion). So yep, we’re in Zeeland but we drank beer from Brouwerij de Molen (Bodegraven) and Brouwerij ‘t IJ (Amsterdam)! Paasij is a nice Easter joke, meaning Easter egg!
Location: Markt 12-13, 4357 BG Domburg
Then it was time for the grand finale: de Visbar (The Fish bar)! Which I admit, doesn’t look much from the outside…
But once you’re inside… another world:
This is #1 of 34 Restaurants in Domburg on Trip Advisor and with good reason I’d say!
The food was absolutely delicious and the prices were spot on for price vs quality. I’m definitely not going to make it as a food photographer… but you get the idea at least (I hope!)
Starters: softshellkrab & mais (soft shell crab and sweetcorn) €10, coquille & buikspek (scallops and pork belly) €11.50 and schaaldier & curryschuim soep (seafood and curry foam soup) €8.50.
Mains: visbar special – fruits de mer (Fish bar special – mixed seafood) €35 pp. This should be renamed to “Seafood Extravaganza” and believe me… this is not for one person!! If you’ve already had starters… this would be plenty for 2 people!
This place was so good, we went back for brunch the next day before heading home… seriously!
Location: Oosstraat 6, 4357 BE Domburg
So, in conclusion: go to Domburg! The town is great, the food is fantastic, the beach is gorgeous! Just wait until the weather is a bit nicer though!
Bars / Restaurants: All locations and websites are listed above.
Stayokay Domburg: we paid €56 for one night staying in a double room, which means: 2 bunk beds. (The room is intended for 4 people, but they also rent it out for 2 people.) Bike hire was €6 per bike for a half day, full day €9.50. Free wifi. Stayokay offers you 1 x parking permit per booked private room. Address: Duinvlietweg 8, 4356 ND, Oostkapelle. www.stayokay.com/domburg