Where the North Sea, the dunes and the polders meet, lies this green pearl of the Flemish coast. Enjoy the immeasurable expanses of the dunes with their surprising scenery, wander undisturbed through one of the unspoilt nature reserves, take an early beachwalk, with an eye on the far horizon or ramble along signposted paths through our nature reserves, discovering one thing after another. These are all treasures that make your holiday in De Panne an undeniable success.
- On top of this, De Panne has the widest beach on the coast, ideal for a pleasant walk or even a sand-yacht trip beside the sea.
- De Panne, after all, is the ideal place for sand-yachting, with its wide beach and absence of breakwaters.
- It was also on the beach of De Panne that King Leopold I, on 17th July 1831, came ashore and, in doing so, set foot on his future kingdom for the first time. A monument reminds us of this event.
The architecturally interesting and classified Dumont Quarter invokes a typical cottage feel but at the same time maintains a very regional character because of its brick architecture. The entire quarter refers to bygone holiday eras from the 19th-20th centuries. You can do a heritage walk through the Quarter.
Westhoek Flemish Nature Reserve
De Westhoek Flemish Nature Reserve (345 ha) is the only dune area on the Flemish coast where nearly all dune vegetation is represented in one unbroken dune landscape. You can find 11 km of hiking trails in the reserve.
De Panne is the ideal place for sand-yachting, with its wide beach and absence of breakwaters.
De Panne has the widest beach of the country.
Belgian children’s TV personalities Gert and Samson and their friends Plop the Gnome, Big & Betsy, Wizzy and Woppy will welcome you with open arms to their family fun park especially tailored to children. Young and old alike will have the greatest time here!
The beautifully restored Leopold I esplanade is a reminder of the first footsteps of King Leopold I on Belgian soil. His inauguration as the first king is honoured by the statue on the square.
De Nachtegaal (‘the Nightingale’) has an extensive and varied collection, suitable for the young as well as the old! Its permanent interactive exhibition offers a lot of information related to the sea, the beach and its dunes.
'Rosalie' is a digital game that was developed by De Panne Tourist Office. You can play it in the picturesque and traffic-restricted Dumont Quarter. The target group for ‘Rosalie’ includes children aged 8 to 14.
By bus: Bus route 56 De Panne - Veurne
By train: De Panne Station (at Adinkerke) is the last Belgian railway station on railway line 73 before the French border. Railway line 73 continues to the French town of Dunkirk, but this connection is no longer used.
The station is also the start and end point of the tram so you can easily change here from the train to the tram, and vice versa.