Nature and culture in Koksijde-Oostduinkerke
Stunning countryside, numerous places to visit and wonderful fare: the Koksijde-Oostduinkerke route in a nutshell. Visit the Navigo Fisheries Museum, make your way through the Hannecartbos (forest) and dunes and treat yourself to one of the local dishes made with the horseback shrimp fishermen’s catch of the day.
A superb cycle guaranteed!
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Navigo takes you through the history of the Flemish sea and coastal fishing industry. Also shore fishing and shrimp fishing on horseback, a unique age-old tradition that lives on to this very day, feature in the museum’s rich collection.
Pastoor Schmitzstraat 5, 8670 Oostduinkerke – www.navigomuseum.be
Estaminet De Peerdevisscher
After your visit to the museum, call into Estaminet De Peerdevisscher and sample the unique Peerdevisscher beer either or not in combination with fresh shrimp or another North Sea delicacy.
A surf club that offers a host of cool water and beach sports. Lovely terrace from where you can watch the goings-on at sea and on land.
Groenendijk, Zuidenwindhelling 1, 8670 Oostduinkerke - www.surfclub-windekind.be
Nature reserve De Doornpanne
Doornpanne, Hoge Blekker and the Schipgatduinen (dunes) make up a 240 ha dune massif. Hiking and cycle trails criss-cross the reserve and allow you to enjoy the amazing scenery.
Promenade Oostduinkerke-Bad en Koksijde-Bad
Not to be missed are the amazing ice cream parlours and carts, waffles with cream and - just in case you had forgotten – the authentic boules de Berlin (doughnuts) on the beach. The promenade will have you spoilt for choice!
Culture in Koksijde-bad
For a dash of culture, head for the Paul Delvaux museum, located in a former fisherman’s cottage, and feast your eyes on the masterpieces of this great artist. Or pop into Museum ‘t Krekelhof where you will find the most amazing collection of craft objects, curiosities and knick-knacks related to 19 forgotten trades. Jommeke fans will be able to meet their childhood hero at Huisje Nys Vermoote.
The Hoge Blekker dune, the coastline’s highest dune (33 m), which derives its name from the vernacular for a bare dune that twinkles in the sun (blekken = twinkle), makes for a lovely climb.
Military Airport Koksijde
The Koksijde air base owes its fame to the Sea King and the film ‘Windkracht 10 – Koksijde-Rescue’. A spot where boys, big and small, gaze into the sky waiting for the king of helicopters to appear.
Wielrijdersrust het Dorstige Hart
This idyllic brasserie, situated along the canal, serves authentic regional delicacies like ‘Ostdunkerkse gernoarsoepe’ (bouillabaisse with fish from the North Sea). Here, you can also hire electric boats Koksijde01 & Koksijde02 for a boat trip on the Nieuwpoort-Duinkerke Canal.
Dijk 33, Wulpen – www.wielerijdersrust-hetdorstuigehart.be
Koksijde Golf Ter Hille
This Eco Golf course derives its name from Hof ter Hille, a farm surrounded by a canal the Dune Lords acquired during the 14th century which adjoined the golf course. The former farm now houses the current club house. Koksijde Golf Ter Hille welcomes both seasoned and less seasoned golfers.
Hof Ter Hillestraat 2 - 8670 Oostduinkerke - www.koksijdegolfterhille.be
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Food and drinks
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