The sea, a joy to the senses
Autumn and winter are the periods par excellence to discover the sea in its purest form. Its infinity bathes in tranquillity and makes for those much-coveted care-free moments. Sea and beach wrapped up in their winter coats, shimmering away in the winter sun. Winter fun at the seaside means a bracing walk on the beach and along the tidemark, enjoying a hot cup of whatever you fancy with a view of the sea, savouring the Christmas atmosphere and the ambience in the seaside resorts...
And when it comes to awakening the senses, autumn and winter are the ultimate! Sight, sound, taste, smell and touch… they become all the more intense.
Sight by the sea
Endless vistas, the soft though distinguishable colours, wintertime is the season where the sea begs you to open your eyes. Looking around may be child’s play, getting lost in thought is a piece of cake all together.
Go for a walk along the beach or go and explore the dunes. Bliss! And when you’re looking for stunning green spots to feast your eyes on, you won’t find the Belgian Coast wanting!
Walk out to the new ‘Warandetoren’, an observation tower in Westende. The view of the sea, beach and hinterland is nothing short of spectacular.
Sound by the sea
The roar of the sea, the roll of the waves, the cries of the seagulls... get yourself to the beach, close your eyes and listen to the sea. As your hearing takes over you will become entranced.
Or head for the dunes and listen to the beach grass rustling in the wind. Unique sounds you only get to hear by the sea. Oh... that instantaneous holiday feeling!
The sounds of nature are best picked up in the nature reserves and green spots on the Belgian Coast. Birds in their very own habitat, plants and the wind, all telling you their wondrous stories
Taste by the sea
The sea is full of all things delectable and no one is more aware of that than the locals. A sea of flavours, one the chefs on the Belgian Coast know how to make the most of. Fresh fish, mouth-watering brown shrimp, seaweed even. One thing is for sure, they really have perfected the skill of pampering people’s taste buds.
Chefs can talk for hours about the many flavours of the Belgian Coast. They passionately work with the best the region has to offer and are only too happy to share that with you.
Smell by the sea
‘I can smell the sea already!’ you’ll have heard many a child (and adult) cry as you approach the coast.
And indeed, the salty seawater has a smell all of its own. It evokes that holiday feeling and pure relaxation. The healthy sea air is meant to be smelled and inhaled.
By the way, did you know that the smell is created by a tiny organism living in the water? That organism is called phytoplankton, which exudes a particular substance bacteria feast on. In consideration, they duly exude a substance commonly referred to as DMS (dimethyl sulphide). And it is this DMS we smell.
By the way, research has also shown that sea air sharpens our taste buds, allowing us to truly appreciate delicious food.
Touch by the sea
Even during wintertime, the sea beckons you to dip your toes into the water. Now, there’s an experience! A ‘pure’ sensation the minute your big toe hits the freezing water. Most invigorating though! If the cold water seems too much to bear, then simply take off your socks and shoes and feel the sand. That summertime-time feeling in the depths of winter, does it get any more unique?
Feeling the sea breeze on your skin also makes for an intense sensation. When the wind is up you can feel the sand scrubbing off your cheeks, great to clear your mind and recharge your batteries!
TIP: Take part in the Neptune Run on 11 November or opt for the ‘total experience’ and join us for the annual New Year’s Day dip and feel the icy water!