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Belgian coast travel guide

The Belgian Coast, also known as the Flemish Coast, is a 67 km long stretch of coastline located in the northwest of Belgium, in the province of West-Flanders. With its miles of sandy beaches, picturesque seaside towns, delicious seafood, and fun activities, the Belgian coast is the perfect destination for your next vacation. In this travel guide, we’ll take you through some of the must-see and must-do things when visiting the Belgian Coast.

Belgian Coast Attractions: Things to See and Do

  • The historic town of Ostend: Ostend is the largest seaside town on the Belgian coast and is known for its lively promenade, Victorian architecture, and the famous James Ensor House. Visitors can take a stroll along the promenade, admire the architecture and visit the James Ensor House.
  • The Plopsaland Amusement Park: Located in the town of De Panne, this theme park offers a variety of rides and attractions for visitors of all ages. Visitors can spend a day at the park and enjoy the rides, attractions, and shows.
  • Sunbathing on the beach: The Belgian coast has miles of sandy beaches, perfect for lounging and soaking up the sun. Visitors can spend a day at the beach, relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand.
  • Kite-surfing: The Belgian coast is a popular destination for kite-surfing, with strong winds and shallow waters perfect for the sport. Visitors can try kite-surfing and enjoy the thrill of the sport.
  • Seafood tasting: The Belgian coast is known for its delicious seafood, including mussels, shrimp, and fish. Visitors can try these local delicacies at one of the many seafood restaurants along the coast.
  • Cycling: The Belgian coast has a network of cycling paths, perfect for exploring the picturesque towns and countryside. Visitors can rent a bike and explore the towns, countryside and see the sights in a different way.

Belgian Coast Seaside Resorts: A Guide to Popular Destinations

Discover the charm of Belgian seaside resorts on your next vacation. From elegant Victorian architecture to contemporary beachfront developments, the Belgian coast offers a wide variety of resorts to suit all tastes and budgets.

  • Ostend: Known as the “Queen of the Belgian Coast,” Ostend offers a mix of history, culture, and beach life. It’s home to the famous Albert I Promenade, the James Ensor House, and the Mu.ZEE Ostend Museum.
  • Knokke: Known for its upscale atmosphere, Knokke is a trendy seaside resort that’s popular with the Belgian elite. It’s home to designer boutiques, art galleries, and the Royal Zoute Golf Club.
  • De Haan: A charming seaside town that’s known for its picturesque architecture, including a number of Art Nouveau villas. It’s also home to the De Haan Beach and the De Haan Pier.
  • Blankenberge: A popular seaside resort that’s known for its lively atmosphere and wide sandy beach. It’s home to the Blankenberge Pier, the Sea Life Center, and the Casino Blankenberge.
  • Nieuwpoort: A lively town that’s known for its long sandy beach, marina, and fish market. It’s also home to the Nieuwpoort Bad, a popular water sports destination.
  • Middelkerke: A seaside resort that’s known for its wide sandy beach and lively atmosphere. It’s home to the Casino Middelkerke, the Middelkerke Pier, and the Plopsaland De Panne theme park.
  • Zeebrugge: A seaside town that’s known for its port, marina, and fish market. It’s also home to the Westhinder, a lightship located in Zeebrugge which serves as a navigation aid in the area of sandbanks and other dangerous areas for shipping.
  • Koksijde: A seaside resort that’s known for its wide sandy beach and dunes. It’s home to the Oostduinkerke Beach, the Koksijde Airfield Museum, and the St. Peter and Paul Church.
  • De Panne: A seaside town that’s known for its wide sandy beach, dunes, and the Plopsaland De Panne theme park. It’s also home to the De Panne Pier and the De Panne Airfield Museum.

Travel to Belgian Coast: How to Get There

The Belgian Coast can easily be reached by train from most Belgian cities. There are trainstations in Knokke-Heist, Blankenberge and Ostend. From there you can use the coastal tram to reach your end destination.

When traveling from the UK to the Belgian coast by car, you can either take a ferry or the eurotunnel to France and follow the A76/E40 highway to your destination. Direct passenger ferry’s to the Belgian coast have been discontinued until further notice.

Getting around the Belgian coast

Getting around at the Belgian coast is easy thanks to the coastal tram that links all Belgian Coastal towns from De Panne to Knokke-Heist. The Coastal Tram runs every 10 mins during summer, every 15 minutes during autumn and spring and every 20 minutes during winter.

Several Coastal Tram stops have a Coastal Tram Shop where you can buy tickets. When closed it’s possible to buy your ticket on the tram. Any single ticket for the coastal tram costs 3€ regarding your destination. Daypasses cost 6€ in pre-sale and 8€ on board. 3 day passes cost 12€ and 5 day passes cost 17€.  7 Day passes for West Flanders costs 24€ for a single person and 24€ for 2 persons.

List of stops: https://www.delijn.be/en/lijnen/lijn/5/500/2
Timetableshttps://www.delijn.be/en/lijnen/lijn/5/500/2#2

Belgian Coast Accommodation: Hotels, Holiday Homes and More

The Belgian Coast is a popular holiday destination for many Belgians and tourists from other countries. This results in a large variety of different accommodation types available, ranging from hotels, BnB’s, apartments, holiday homes, vacation parks and camping sites.

Holiday Homes on Belgian Coast: A Guide to Rentals

Many Belgians who go on holiday to the Belgian Coast prefer to rent either an apartment or holiday home.

Belvilla is a good source for finding these types of accommodation.

Belgian Coast Holiday Parks: Family-Friendly Vacation Spots

  • Center Parcs has a holiday park in De Haan
  • Sunparks has a holiday park in Oostduinkerke
  • Roompot has a bungalow vacation park in Bredene
  • Floréal has 2 holiday resorts where you can rent studio’s and apartments, with or without hotel formula. One is located in Nieuwpoort, the other in Blankenberge.

Camping on Belgian Coast: Grounds and Facilities

Wildcamping on the beach or in the dunes is strictly forbidden at the entire Belgian coastline. In addition, nearly all Belgian coastal towns prohibit spending the night in a vehicle on public roads as well. However there are plenty of camping grounds and dedicated mobilhome parkings available.