The Belgian coastline is approx 67 km long and is entirely located in the province of west-flanders. The local language is Dutch, but people often also speak English or French.
The Belgian coast is known for it’s wide sandy beaches and dunes where you can make long walks all year long. On warm days, usually between June and September, you can even go sunbathing and swimming in the north sea.
Belgian Coastal Towns:
In total there are ten coastal towns; De Panne, Koksijde-Oostduinkerke, Nieuwpoort, Middelkerke, Oostende, Bredene, De Haan, Blankenberge, Zeebrugge and Knokke-Heist. They are all connected with a tram line, but you’ll read more about this below.
The travel guide list below has yet to be completed, but this will give you a good start:
Ostend is Belgiums major coastal town. Have a walk on the coastal promenade or on the pier. Visit the fishmarket, , royal galleries, antlantikwall museum or go shopping in the Kapellestraat.
Blankenberge is home of Belgiums largest marina. Take a walk on the beach promenade, visit the museums or take a break in one of the many restaurants and bars.
Nieuwpoort is a charming historic coastal town with a large marina.
Zeebrugge is home of Belgians second largest industrial harbor.
How to travel to the Belgian Coast?
The Belgian Coast is an excellent destination for car travels, but can also easily be reached by train from most Belgian cities. There are trainstations in Knokke-Heist, Blankenberge and Ostend. When traveling from the UK to the Belgian coast by car, you can either take a ferry or the eurotunnel.
Getting Around at the Belgian Coast
The Coastal Tram is a public transport service operated bij De Lijn. It connects the cities and towns along the entire Belgian coast, between De Panne and 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. Single Tickets cost 3€ regarding and are valid for 60 minutes where you can make unlimited changes between all trams and busses of De Lijn. After 60 minutes you can complete your journey but no longer change. 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
Holiday at the Belgian Coast
All Belgian coastal towns have plenty of hotels and B&B’s that are perfect for short stays. Most Belgian tourists will rent an apartment or vacation home for medium to long term stays at the Belgian coast. You can find all these types of accommodation on booking.com and tripadvisor.
Vacation parks, bungalow parks and holiday resorts
Sunparks has 2 holiday villages at the Belgian coast; one in De Haan and the other 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 Grounds at the Belgian Coast
There are plenty of camping grounds available spread out across the Belgian Coast.