Salt reminds us of the sea. And so it should be, more or less. Salt was extracted here at Zoutkamp hundreds of years ago, though not from the sea. From the salt peat outside the dike! The name ‘Soltcampum’ dates back to historic texts from 1418. Control of this long-time bustling fishing village, strategically situated on the Lauwerszee, was essential to controlling the city of Groningen. The site was also of great importance in the Eighty Years’ War, a time which left a Spanish-minded imprint on the area. The fishing port of Zoutkamp was still in operation until 1960, ending with the damming of the Lauwerszee. But still the village feels like an old-time fishing port, the perfect place to try some fresh fish. Or ride to the Rijksbetonningsloods on the old inner harbour, where an interesting Fishery Museum provides information on the history of Zoutkamp.