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The picturesque port town of Flushing is a postcard picture of seaside serenity; colourful wooden beach huts line the golden shores and traditional fishing boats populate the relaxed harbour. The town possesses acute architectural and cultural appeal with its alluring array of historical monuments, enthralling exhibitions and rich maritime heritage; a sprawling stretch of sandy beach completes the municipal majesty of this former fishing town, in which soaring spires and sublime seafood restaurants reign supreme.
The town’s Water Tower is an integral icon of the sparkling skyline, and it pays homage to the rich maritime heritage of the place. Rising dramatically at 35 metres, the national monument affords panoramic vistas and can be rented as accommodation.
An arresting ecclesiastical vision is the Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk, a commanding Catholic church that occupies a prime location in the town centre. The elaborately layered clock tower is reminiscent of a richly decorated wedding cake, and prismatic stained glass windows depict stories of saints and sinners. At night, with its illuminated clock and light spangled trees, the church is a truly magical sight.
Housed within a magnificently modern structure, Flushing’s Town Muzeeum, houses an eclectic selection of objects of local interest. Paintings, photographs and relics present the town’s intriguing history and the building’s wooden turret can be ascended for beautiful town views. The adjoined building presents temporary exhibitions with a consistent maritime theme; past presentations have included photographs of ships in storms and caricatures of sailors.
Enjoying a relaxed location upon the town’s wonder waterfront is the aptly named Waterfront Restaurant, an elegant eatery whose food respects the town’s maritime majesty. Sip a crisp glass of chardonnay while watching people bustle along the banks; the ever changing menus adheres to seasonal specialities, but expect to feast upon freshly caught seafood, field fresh vegetables and internationally inspired dishes. (Boulevard Bankert 108A, 4382 AC Vlissingen)