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Hellevoetsluis (population: 40,200) is a town and municipality on Voorne-Putten Island in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The municipality covers an area of 46.14 km² (17.81 mile²) of which 14.57 km² (5.63 mile²) is water.
The name translates as "lock at the foot of the Helle".
The Helle was a small local river which disappeared over time.
The municipality of Hellevoetsluis also includes the population centres Nieuw-Helvoet, and Nieuwenhoorn, both former municipalities.
During the time of the United Provinces Hellevoetsluis was the naval port of the Admiralty of the Maas (Rotterdam) and could accommodate an entire fleet within a special land-enclosed fortress with harbour and dockyard facilities, accessible through a canal.
Hellevoetsluis is a modern, lively place. Situated on the Haringvliet with the sea, beach and dunes close by, on the extreme southern edge of the Rijnmond and Europoort areas, close to the broad Zeeland landscape.
The old town centre, the fortress, is a bustling and agreeable place in the summer where there is much to see and to do. There are many terraces where you can enjoy a drink and look out upon the busy harbour. The various restaurants serve 'international' food - for example Italian, Chinese, Indian, Greek and of course Dutch. Also outside of the fortress you will find a large variety of restaurants and bars serving food. There are also other facilities such as a children’s farm, a sailing school, a fitness centre, tennis courts, a sauna, etc.
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