The Belgian coast
The coast's 65 kilometre long stretch of sandy coastline has 15 resorts, each with its own character and unique atmosphere. The sandy beaches are ideal for children. The beaches shelve gently out to sea, and life guards ensure everyone's safety. Sunbathers have found that they acquire a healthier tan here than in southern Europe, thanks to the iodine and salt in the air.
The Belgian coast offers a wide range of sport and recreation facilities : here you can hire a bicycle or a buggy, or go sailing or fishing. The wide beach is ideal for ball games, horse riding and beach surfing.
The summer months are the busiest period for the coast. However, other seasons have their own charm, even if sunbathing is not part of it. There are plenty of alternatives on the coast. Close by, there is Bruges, one of Belgium's finest cities of art. A visit to this historic city is a must.
The website ‘The Coast' provides a good start towards getting to know the coast better. It provides a short description of each seaside resort. You will find specific tips for recreation, relaxation or a night out. In addition, the site lists the various accommodation options and enables you to look for a restaurant. Information for parents with children has not been left out, of course. A few web cams provide an image of the ambience.
The Westtoer website (nl) offers horse riding trails, tours and boat trips. You can order a brochure, tickets or publications for exploring the coast and the hinterland, on-line.