We started our day in the nearby pretty town of Elberg. This town had once been a Zuider Zee port which sits now on the narrow waterway called the Veluwemeer which separates the mainland from the Oostelijk Flevoland polder. It was a lovely place to wander around, have coffee and cake on the square and interesting in that it had a central grid of streets encircled by a protective wall and moat. It also had an impressive medieval town gate built in 1594 called the Vischpoort.
From Elberg we headed towards the town of Lelystad and the Markermeer. Just outside Lelystand we sat and had a picnic in the sunshine watching the boats on the Markermeer.
After lunch we headed across the Markerwaarddijk and impressive causeway dyke which was 31km or 20 miles long on which had been built a road and a bike lane. On both ends of the causeway there are locks and flood defences. As we neared Enkhuizen we stopped and watched boats move through the locks.
The other side of the causeway is the old seaport of Enkhuizen. During the 14th and early 18th century it benefited from both the Baltic Sea trade and the North Sea herring fishery. It was home to Holland’s largest fishing fleet. Compared to our morning visit to Elberg, Enkhuizen was very busy but a very enjoyable place to wander around not only with its interesting building but also its busy harbours filled with all sorts of vessels.