When you think of a place with beautiful beaches, Belgium probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But perhaps it should be. The beaches by Ostend on the North Sea are impressive! There’s a 9km promenade for walking, cycling or inline skating. Despite being chilly when I was there, there were a few brave surfers and another group that was braving the waters in inflatable boats. There’s beach volley ball and a large selection of restaurants on the promenade serving up fresh fish and seafood. Admittedly when I was there in September, it wasn’t the ideal beach weather. You need to go in July or August for that. But it still made for a lovely walk from Ostend to the Atlantic Wall, an extensive coastal fortification built by Nazi Germany. More on that later, but I will say it was totally worth the 6km walk. Alternatively, there’s a tram that will take you there as well – but then you’d miss the lovely beaches of Ostend:
While you’re in Ostend, I also recommend dining at Finess. It was my favorite restaurant in Ostend.
Thank you to Oostende Tourism for making my visit possible. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.