Veere - Netherlands

Veere is a village in the south west of the Netherlands, on the Veerse Meer on Walcheren island in the province of Zeeland. Founded around 1353, it was a fishing town but now it has a small marina with pleasure rather than fishing boats and its main industry is tourism. Veere was the staple port for the wool trade with Scotland between 1541 and 1799 and the Scottish House, facing the marina, houses a museum. Flemish architects Antonis Keldermans and Evert Spoorwater designed the Grote Kerk, the fortifications, the Cisterne and the town hall (1474) with its 48 bell carillion. During this period of prosperity, the cultural centre was located at Sandenburgh castle, the residence of the noble Van Borsele and Van Bourgondiƫ families. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Veere was a prosperous trading city and there were about 750 houses inside the city walls then, compared to about 300 now. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.