11 x Peace and quiet at the Belgian Coast
The Belgian Coast might attract lots of people, but even those among us who love empty beaches, lonely dunes and untouched polders will find the peace and quiet they crave in the most unexpected places.
(Source Feeling Kust 2017)
Blankenberge - Uitkerkse Polder reserve - Sound of Silence
The godwits, lapwings, pied avocets and redshanks make sure West Flanders’ largest nature reserve between Blankenberge and Wenduine is never really completely quiet. But to make up for that, they let you spy on them undisturbed from one of the four bird observation huts or the tower that affords uninterrupted views of the vast open landscape. Wanna bet you find you inner peace instantly?
Blankenberge and Nieuwpoort - Port Pier - Salty Promenade
If you’re in for a stroll high above the sea to get rid of the daily grind, while tasting the salty sea air in your mouth, then you must pay a visit to Blankenberge or Nieuwpoort pier. Promenade behind and the sea under, all around and next to you. Now capricious and wild with heads of foam, then flat as the cloth on a billiard table... In short, an incredible scene you’ll never forget!
Bredene - Fishermen’s chapel - Salty tears
Even as far back as 1710 there was a statue of Mary amidst the lonely no-man’s land between the dunes and polders. Then in 1736, a Fishermen’s chapel was erected, which became a favourite place of pilgrimage for Flemish fishermen. Maybe not surprising as the walls depict many a tragedy at sea: boats sinking, capsizing or just disappearing. The swathes of flowers, home-made sea-shell wreaths and photos, cards and drawings remind visitors of many a long lost fisherman or sailor and the grief of their families and loved ones.
De Haan - Chalet Westhinder - Relaxing in the cabin
De Panne - Westhoek - Strolling in the Sahara
Knokke-Heist - Walk to Cadzand
As long as you’ve got your tide table and you’re not deterred by a brisk walk, you can cross the border to the Netherlands, leisurely strolling along the empty beach and seeing the Zwin nature park from another angle for a change. Careful though, because at high tide you’ll have to take a considerable detour!
Knokke-Heist - Dominican church - Cherry on the church
Het Zoute is more than just the place to be for shopping. Its grand villa-lined streets are also definitely worth a visit, as you’ll find vast, lush domains, surrounded by willows and connected by elegant avenues and winding paths. But the cherry on the cake is the cosy Dominican church where you’ll find all the peace and quiet you were after.
Knokke-Heist - Silence at the Zwin
Koksijde - Wulpen - Silent boats
The Koksijde01 and Koksijde02 await you just behind the coastline in the picturesque village of Wulpen. The two silent electric boats will take you along the Nieuwpoort-Dunkirk Canal to admire the wonderful panoramas, including quacking ducks, delightful villages and even die-hard amateur cyclists giving it their all.
Oostende - Oosteroever - Catch your breath in the dunes
Zeebrugge - Ponton A - In the shadow of the port
There’s peace and quiet to be found even where you’d least expect it: in the shadow of the vast port of Zeebrugge on the magnificent roof terrace of Ponton A, the new marina’s club house. Admire the scores of fishing boats and glittering yachts from high up in this immense global trading hub.
Due to the corona crisis, opening hours and timetables may vary. If in doubt, it is best to contact the entrepreneur himself.
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