Joure, not a village, not a town, but a Vlecke: a village with an urban character, which lacks the historic city rights. This Vlecke formed on a sand back in the 15th century, as a suburb of the village Westermeer. Already in 1466 Joure acquired market rights with which the renowned Jouster Merke became a fact. Every 4th Thursday of September this market still attracts thousands of visitors and has become a true event. Joure has a rich past in trades. Just think of the founder of the current Douwe Egberts coffee brand! Additionally, Joure has many clockmakers, furniture makers, and shipbuilders. In the 20th century, the village Westermeer was united with Joure, but after the construction of the marinas the village grew exponentially. The narrow alleys and historic buildings along the Midstraat reflect the value of this beautiful place. Be surprised by the pleasant terraces, the many events, and the more than one kilometre-long shopping street.