Veere is a lovely town to the north of the island of Walcheren. It is one of the most surprising places in Zeeland and has a considerable history that is still evident in the town today. This history combines nicely with the town´s modern-day Zeelandic hospitality and its proximity to the awe-inspiring water.
The name ´Sandic´, the first recorded name for the village of Zanddijk (12th century), or literally Sand Dike, became an important village on the north-east coast of Walcheren. Around a similar time, a settlement was established nearby, close to the current ferry crossing to Campen on the island of Noord-Beveland.
This settlement was swallowed up by the sea in the sixteenth century, and replaced by a new village in Kamperland also called Campvere, later shortened to Veere. During the fourteenth century, this village grew in size and power, overtaking Zandijk. In 1444, Wolfert van Borssele, one of the Lords of Veere, married the Scottish princess Mary Stuart, which brought great wealth to the town, and Veere became the only town in the Netherlands to be granted staple duty for Scottish wool. This gave the town a prominent trading position and a special kinship with Scotland, leaving the gothic Scottish houses on quayside. These buildings like the imposing Grote Kerk (Big Church), the town's fortifications, magnificent Dutch gables, stepped gables, clock gables and cornices on merchants´ houses and warehouses; the marina and the elegant town hall the market, all bear witness to this rich history to this day.