Less than 10 kilometers out of the city centre, and still in the harbour of Antwerp, this tiny village next to the river 'Schelde' used to be a military fort dating back to 1580. Most of the surrounding 'polder' villages disappeared during the industrial revolutions of the 1960's, but this little gem survived in the middle of industrial compounds.
Various restaurants, some hotels, a yachting harbour, and even an (irregular) passenger ferry service to the village 'Doel' on the opposite side of the river.
North of Antwerp, hidden in the immensity of the petrochemical industry is a green oasis, called Lillo. A small village of 33 inhabitants, located at the centre of a historical fortress. It was built back in the 16th century to protect Antwerp from Spanish ships.
If you are in Lillo, why don't you take the boat to the other shore, towards Doel?
The boat is leaving every half an hour and you don't have to pay for it.
You can take your bicycle with you.
Doel is known for several reasons.
First of all it houses the nuclear power plant which provides most of Antwerp's electricity (harbour industry!).
It is also known because it has been in the actuality lately since it the town itself is planned to 'disappear' and been 'eaten' by the enlargement of the harbour.
More exactly because the harbour needs a new dock to unload/store/load the container ships.
So if you want to visit it... don't wait too long.
More info in the travelogues soon.
If you have the chance, try to visit Lillo, a very small comunity but it used to be an untakable fortified city!
More about it in the travelogues of the tour in the harbour.
Picture is taken at the little square in front of the church.
It has an interesting Polder museum.
Guided visits around the harbour.
You can have different ones.
Inform at the touristic office or contact Antwerpen Averechts.
My trip was organised by the group of the Saint Elisabeth Hospital and they have their own unreplacable guide!
More info about the whole trip in the travelogues.
Lillo Fort, it's the only Polder village that's left and it is situated in the middle of the harbour, along the river the Schelde and surrounded by a refinery.
There are about 20 people who are still living in this village. It has also some pubs and restaurants and during the summer it is a real touristic attraction