A strange popcorn smell permeates the car. It smells a bit sour and hits our throats after a while. The wind is unfavorable when we drive towards the sea. To the right of the road is the Nieuwe Waterweg and the huge doors of the Maeslantkering. On the left is the Caland Canal where huge ships sail - at the other side the Europoort with its gray industry and chimneys that spew out endless clouds of filth.
If you want to see the Port of Rotterdam up close, Headland De Punt is a nice outing. We first took the ferry at Maassluis and drove from Rozenburg to the viewpoint at the end of the peninsula between the Nieuwe Waterweg and the Caland Canal. Along the way you will see the large ships in the harbour, you will pass the largest doors in the world, those of the Maeslantkering (note: The Keringhuis visitor center is located on the Hoek van Holland side). At the end of the Noordzeeweg is a hill and you are on De Punt with a great view of the entrance to the Port of Rotterdam.