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Brussels is located in the centre of Belgium so it doesn’t have any beaches at all. If it gets hot in summer, occasionally it does, and you want to take a cool dive, you have to go to the west-coast of Belgium. This coast is al part of Flanders and is situated next to the North Sea. The beaches run for 67 km between De Panne and Knokke-Heist. Most beaches include nice nature because of the dunes and almost all villages are adapted to tourists. This means there are hotels, restaurants, cafes, casinos, shops, museums and even amusement parks.

From Brussel you can go by car but maybe it is easier to take the train. There are frequent trains of the Belgian National Railways to Knokke, Blankenberge, Oostende, and De Panne. During the summer high season, special tourist trains make it easy to reach the Flemish coast without train changes and travel times are short. For example, from Brussels it’s 1 hour and 10 minutes to Oostende. When you’ve reached the coast, you can use the Coast Tram to shuttle between the beach villages. The train is a modern light-rail system and runs from De Panne to Knokke. It takes 2 to 2 and a half hour to cover the entire route.


The villages at the Flanders coast are given below, in order of travelling time with car:

Oostende; 112 km, but easiest to reach with car: Follow A10, direction Beach and go straight ahead all the time!
Oostende is a thousand year old city of 70,000 residents and is a popular beach resort known for its marinas, her old fishing port, the casino, her lively downtown, and the high-speed ferry connections to England. There’s also a North Sea Aquarium and other museums, so it’s worth visiting besides the beach.

Blankenberge, 110 km, Follow E40/ N31
Blankenberge has a classic pier, from 1933, and a Sea Life Centre where you can sea all different kind of underwater life. It was a small fisherman village but it growth out to become a big tourist place at the beach.
Near Blankenberge lays Zeebrugge, with Belgium's deep-water port, and Knokke-Heist.
Knokke-Heist is where wealthy Belgians come for mostly holiday. Knokke is considered to be the most exclusive beach city in Belgium because of the area with splendid villas called 'Knokke-Zoute.' This is where the Belgian jet-set feels at home.

De Haan, 110 km. Between Oostende and Blankenberge.
De Haan is a small but beautiful 19th Century town. It’s bordered by forested dunes and equipped with marked paths for walkers, bikers, and horseback riders.

De Panne, 145 km
De Panne claims a third of the dunes on the Flanders Coast and is the biggest beach from Belgium. One of the main attractions of De Panne is its nature. It contains four nature preserves what makes it nice for families. The sea, the beach and the dunes form a very beautiful part of Belgium which is called Westhoek (‘western corner’). The beach was even used for shooting films about the Sahara dessert, so I think there’s at least enough sand over here. Another good thing about this beach is that it’s most children friendly. The sea is very calm and De Panne has a few child attractions in the neighbour like Plopsaland theme park.

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