The wonderful coast of Ostend has beautiful beaches and a beautiful boulevard. But there is more to do. Visit for example the beautiful Fort of Napoleon or walk along the Atlantikwall with remains of guns and bunkers. In terms of museums, you have several options. There is the impressive Mu.Zee with its contemporary art or you can visit the old sailing ship 'the Mercator' in the harbor.

De Panne

Nowadays this seaside resort is visited more often in combination with the nearby amusement park 'Plopsaland'. It is therefore an ideal combination, given the distance. There is even a tram connection to make it even easier. In addition, in the Panne you have the beautiful nature reserve De Westhoek. The park has a small 340 hectares with the Calmeynbos, Krakeeluinen, Oosthoekduinen, a beautiful beach and the nature education center De Nachtegaal. If you are looking for more action, then you should definitely take a ride with a sailing car on the beach.


The largest beach in Belgium can be found here. Besides the entertainment on the beach there is plenty to experience and see. For example, visit the 'Drunken well'. Here they wanted to create a well as a water supply for the large influx of tourists. Soon, this water bowl slid under the weight. This gives you the feeling of being miserable next to this water bowl, which is a strange sensation. There is also a museum to visit that is entirely dedicated to a day at the seaside. So you see a series of swimwear, some of which are hilarious. Or view the different architectural gems and how they changed over time. The Kunsthistorisch Museum can be found at the Joseph Casselaan in Middelkerke. The annual comic festival on the Zeedijk is highly recommended. Many artists, draftsmen and other enthusiasts ensure that comic book heroes come to life.

Beaufort Sculpture Park by the Sea

Every year, the Belgian coast forms an insane backdrop of various art objects. Every seaside resort from Knokke to the Panne is part of this sculpture park. Some specimens make a lugubrious impression and others are again overwhelming in appearance or size. With the help of a walking guide a route is mapped along the many Beaufort artworks.

Japanese Garden 'Shin Kai Tei'

This beautiful Japanese garden is located in the Koningspark in Ostend. It symbolizes history between Belgium and Japan. Walking through this garden, which lies on the coast, you will be surprised by the beauty and the different landscapes that have been created. In particular, the pond formed as a turtle is a picture to see.


Where other beach resorts are known for their entertainment, it is in this seaside resort for its nature. The Oostduinkerk dunes have the upper hand here. This beautiful beach is still shrimped in a very old-fashioned way, namely on horseback. The horse pulls a dragnet behind in the surf. In the village there are a number of museums, including the National Fisheries Museum. There is also the Florishof Folklore Museum to visit, where you get a good picture of life in the year 1900.

Seafront Maritime Theme Park

In this park you can discover all the secrets of the sea. The fairly new complex is situated on the former fish market. Among the possibilities is participating in a mission aboard the Russian submarine 'Foxtrot'. Or visit the lightship 'West-hinder II'. Furthermore, they are told about the history of the fishermen and the hard life they led.


Shopping at the coast, which is always something special. Cozy avenues, streets and squares. You can find chic boutiques, trendy shops full of gadgets and cozy markets everywhere. After a wonderful day of shopping, it is blissful to have the feet rest on a terrace or bench with a view of the sea.

Did you know you can shop at the coast every Sunday?
Shopping at the coast has its advantages. The offer is big, you can do it on a Sunday and the sea is always near. Shopping at our coast equals having fun and enjoying life. In between choosing what to buy and buying it there's always room for a drink. And that's not all, you won't have problems with traffic or parking spaces. Just hop on the coastal tram.

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At the Flemish coast you'll find a wide range of activities. With the FREE Coast Pass you will get nice discounts at these activities. Combined they have a discount of 300 euro! Don't hesitate and print your Coast Pass.

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