The most famous building in Ouddorp is probably “Het Blaeuwe Huus” (the Blue House), which is presently occupied by the tourist office. You will see the building on many postcards and on one of the famous works of well-known artist Rien Poortvliet. But did you know that there used to be several “Blaeuwe Huusjes” in the village? This, due to the fact that people used to paint the farms in Ouddorp blue as this colour was supposed to be keeping small flies away which were attracted by the cattle in the adjacent farmhouses. By painting the houses blue, the residents believed that they would not be bothered by the flies as much.
Ouddorp is located on the northern side of the island Goeree-Overflakkee, the southernmost part of the province Zuid-Holland. In 2007, Ouddorp was proclaimed to be the ‘best coastal town of the Netherlands’ by the national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. And rightly so, because the village is located in an area consisting of over 4 kilometres of unique landscape. The island and municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee, are connected to the island of Schouwen-Duiveland, which is part of the province of Zeeland, by means of the Brouwersdam and the Grevelingendam, both well-known (water) sports hot spots.
The area has broad and clean sandy beaches with almost abandoned dune lands. There are vast polders and natural areas, which makes Goeree particularly suitable for cyclists and hikers. Here, you can enjoy hours of unprecedented quietness which only nature can provide. Go for a walk in the “Westduinen”, also called the “hobbelwei” (bumpy pasture) by the local population. Bumpy duneland without much vegetation, with dry peaks and wet valleys, small puddles and… military radio masts dating from the 1950s. These masts are an ironic sign of the history of the island. On the southern side of Ouddorp you will find natural area “de Hompelvoet” with its many shorebirds and special types of plants that you will hardly find anywhere else in the country anymore. This makes the area a true paradise for nature lovers.
Besides “Het Blaeuwe Huus”, there are many other historic buildings that are worth paying a visit. For example, the old dune farms, such as the Ridderstee and the Vissershoek. Or the 56 metres high lighthouse “Westhoofd” in the dunes near Groenedijk. The old fishing port is a lovely marina these days. The RTM tram museum is especially interesting for children. This old tram network is still operational between the Punt Van Goeree – Port Zélande – Scharendijke and the Brouwersdam. Ouddorp also has a subtropical swimming pool and waterpark.
There is a lot to do and see in the nearby area. You can visit the Haringvliet Expo where you can learn more about the functioning of the Haringvliets floodgates. Or visit the sea mammal shelter “A Seal” in Stellendam or the “Rien Poortvliet Museum” in Korendijk. Or why not go on a hiking tour through the historic town of Goedereede or discover the past by bike along the so-called “Bunkerroute”?
Ouddorp has various facilities, including a large supermarket, a pharmacy, a bakery, a bike rental shop and a great variety of other shops, restaurants, and terraces. Young people can enjoy the local night life.
The Dutch towns Zierikzee, Veere and Middelburg or the seaside towns Renesse and Domburg are also worth paying a visit. Or what about a day of shopping in world port Rotterdam!
For more information about Ouddorp and its surrounding areas we would like to refer you to the local tourist information office.