South Holland consists of the southern half of the historic county of Holland. It can roughly be divided into six regions:
Regions of South Holland
Bollenstreek This area's landscape is renowned for its enormous flower fields, considered typical for the country. The Keukenhof flower garden is visited by millions of travelers each year.
Groene Hart In the middle of the Randstad conurbation lies the Groene Hart, a green agricultural zone between the four big cities. The countryside offers flat polders, canals and lakes, which can be explored on foot, by bicycle or by boat.
Rotterdam-The Hague Metropolitan Region A combination of The Hague, political heart of the country with numerous attractions like the Binnenhof, the Royal Palace and Madurodam, and Rotterdam, the largest port of Europe and the only Dutch city with an impressive skyline and modern architecture. Interesting towns lie between, such as historic Delft with its famous blue-white ceramics, Schiedam with the tallest historic windmills of the world and the beach resort of Scheveningen.
Alblasserwaard-Drechtsteden Flat polders surrounded by rivers, typical Dutch scenery best shown by the picturesque Kinderdijk windmills.
Zuid-Hollandse Eilanden The former islands Voorne-Putten and Goeree-Overflakkee are good destinations for water sports, but also for hikers and cyclists. Historic towns like Brielle, Hellevoetsluis and Middelharnis can also be found here.