Waasland and Polders
Munkhaven Cottage is located in Verrebroek amid the Polders at the edge of the village. In this part of Waasland agriculture always has been important.
Munkhaven Cottage refers to the 'port' that provided the Abbey for Saleghem of goods in the 12th century. The monks helped to further land reclamation and explore the agricultural area.
In the 14th century Verrebroek was the centre of the peat industry. This is still clearly visible on the long narrow fields, which are less visible elsewhere.
The Polders are characterized by the large wide views over the fields. Several dykes crisscross the landscape. This inner dikes have helped in the reclamation and protection against the sea.
The more southern part of Waasland is part of a larger area of sand ridges. Here you will find several curved fields that used to be traditionally bordered with pollard willows. The curved fields were formed by plowing in the same direction over the years. In this way the significantly smaller fields were drained.
Arable farming and fruit growing are nowadays the main agricultural activities in the Polders while animal husbandry more prevalent in the sand region of the Waasland.
In the surrounding area you can make beautiful bicycle tours. You can enjoy nature for miles with its beautiful views. Fields and creeks alternate with dikes full of poplar trees that lay out the landscape as straight lines.
Nearby is a visit to the polder village Doel well worth the effort. . The various abandoned houses and graffiti give the village a strange character.
The extension of the port of Antwerp also brought the construction of several conservation areas. Here, the bird watcher can sit down and taste nature.
Beveren-Waas also offers some attractions such as Hof ter Saksen, Cortewalle Castle, and the fort of Liefkenshoek.