Koksijde - Oostduinkerke
Its vast nature reserves and outstanding cultural life make Koksijde-Oostduinkerke a top attraction on the Flemish coast.
- The image of the resort is undoubtedly that of the horseback shrimp fishermen. Oostduinkerke is the only resort in the world where you can still see this taking place.
- Furthermore, Koksijde - Oostduinkerke has all the facilities that a keen sporting tourist could dream of, an exciting calendar of events, pleasant terraces and mouth-watering cuisine.
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The Paul Delvaux Museum is located in the idyllic setting of a former fisherman’s home which was extended under the ground. No daylight penetrates into it and so it creates the right atmosphere for preserving and showing the eerie works of the artist. Delvaux’s work consists of motives like nude women, train stations and temples by night or speaking skeletons.
Horseback shrimp fishing
In Oostduinkerke, visitors can get a taste of a fisherman’s life from the past. Folklore is kept alive as this is the only place in Europe where the trade of horseback shrimp fishing is still practised. You can watch the fishermen at work during low tide, attend any of the cooking demonstrations that are regularly held along the beach, or buy freshly caught shrimp.
This 33 ha dune is the eye-catcher of our coastline and it’s where it got its name, meaning high twinkler. It is our coastline’s highest dune and used to be a fixed beacon for sailors who could see its white head twinkle (‘blekken’ in local Dutch dialect). The Hoge Blekker is a sturdy sand dune that has covered quite some distance over the years.
Navigo - The National Fishery Museum
The museum wishes to keep the rich fishing past of our Flemish coast alive by its elaborate museum collection presented in lifelike decors, works of art, illustrations and interactive features. Thirsty after your visit? Have a drink at ’Estaminet De Peerdevisscher’. A classic.
The dunes of ‘Ter Yde’ are a wonderful place to completely unwind and leave the hustle and bustle of life behind. You can take long relaxing walks amid the 260 hectares of dunes, dune grassland and forest. With a little luck you might even come across a herd of wild horses!
Abbey museum Ten Duinen
Electric boats Koksijde01 and Koksijde02
For a fascinating pleasure boat trip on the Nieuwpoort-Dunkirk canal! Electric boats, no navigation licence required: comfortable, safe and no noise. Starting point 'Wielrijdersrust Het Dorstige Hart', Wulpen.
The 'House in the Dunes' is situated in the middle of the Schipgatduinen with a fantastic view at the sea. The 'House in the Dunes' became a meeting point for all different activities such as organising educative workshops and offering special packages for children (sea classes).
By train and tram:
- Train : direct connection from Brussels - Ghent- Koksijde (terminus De Panne)
- Tram : De Panne – Sint-Idesbald – Koksijde – Oostduinkerke – Oostende – Knokke
- E40 from direction Bruges/Ostend:
- Exit2 (Oostduinkerke)
- Exit1a (Koksijde)
- From direction Kortrijk :
- A19 direction Ypres, then N8 Ypres, Veurne, Koksijde