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Koksijde

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The seaside promenade
Museum of the Abbey of the Dunes

Koksijde is a sea resort in West Flanders. It consists of Koksijde proper (with Koksijde-Bad and Sint-Idesbald as the coastal neighborhoods of the town), the seaside resort of Oostduinkerke and the rural village of Wulpen.

Understand[edit]

  • 1 Tourist officeZeelaan 303 +32 58 51 29 10, e-mail: . 01/04-30/09: 9:00-12:00 and 13:30-17:30. 01/10-31/03: 9:00-12:00 and 13:30-16:30.

Get in[edit]

Even though there is a train station called Koksijde it is easier to continue until the train station of De Panne (the terminal station of that railway line) and hop on the coastal tram to Nieuwpoort. For direct trains from Bruges, Ghent and Brussels it may be easier to get off in Ostend and hop on the coastal tram there.

Get around[edit]

Coastal trams connect the resorts of Koksijde-Bad with Oostduinkerke-Bad. Close to the sea promenade there are several places where it's possible to rent bikes, but these might be closed on weekdays in the less busy winter months.

See[edit]

  • 1 Museum of the Abbey of the DunesKoninklijke Prinslaan 6-8 +32 58 53 39 50, e-mail: .
  • 2 National Fisheries MuseumPastoor Schmitzstraat 5 +32 58 51 24 68, e-mail: .
  • 3 Church of our Lady of the DunesKerkplein. This modern church was constructed between 1958 and 1965 and is often referred to as the Cathedral of the Light as well as by its official title of Our Lady of the Dunes. The tower of the church reaches 40 meters high.
  • 4 CasinoCasinoplein. The casino is one of the most important buildings in the town, located at the very heart of the municipality. It acts an entertainment venue, and throughout the week and weekends gives punters the chance to try their luck and try and win themselves dome big money. The casino also hosts a variety of cultural events and other entertainments in the high season.
  • 5 Museum of Paul DelvauxPaul Delvauxlaan 42 +32 58 52 12 29, e-mail: . Apr-Sep: daily except Mon 10.30am-5.30pm; rest of year: Thu, Fri, weekends and Bank Hols 10.30am-5.30pm - closed Jan-Mar and 25 Dec. Paul Delvaux (1897-1994) was a Belgian painter associated with surrealism and famous for his paintings of female nudes. The museum was opened in Sint-Idesbald in 1982 and provides the visitor with a general overview of Delvaux his works.

Do[edit]

Horseback shrimping
  • 1 The highest dune of Belgium in Hoge Blekker. The highest dune of Belgium (33 meters high), lies in this preserved dune area in Koksijde. The dunes are a very pleasant surrounding for a walk thanks to its interesting flora and landscape.
  • 2 Shrimp fishing. The coastline of Oostduinkerke is the only place in the world where horseback shrimping is still practiced. Fishery folklore is still very much alive in Oostduinkerke and nowadays the shrimpers are an important tourist attraction for visitors.
  • 3 Golf Ter HilleHof Ter Hillestraat 2 +32 58 53 27 10, e-mail: . November 1-March 31: 9:00 to 17:00. April 1-May 31 and September 1-October 31: 8:30 to 17:30. June 1-August 31: 8:30 to 18:30. This fairly new golf area offers two golf courses: one with 9 holes and one with 18 holes. It is located close to the historical village center of Oostduinkerke.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 MarketMarktplein. Fridays from 7:00 or 8:00 to 13:00. Weekly market with both food and non-food stalls.

Eat[edit]

In Koksijde[edit]

In Oostduinkerke[edit]

  • 4 't Wa Anders (the old village grocery has been transformed in a young and modern restaurant; eclectic menu with brasserie dishes and very good fresh fishes; reservation recommended), Polderstraat 116, Oostduinkerke (on the road between Oostduinkerke and Nieuwpoort),  +32 58 62 33 66. 12-14pm 18-23pm; closed on Thursday. €25-€50.
  • 5 't Zeilend FornuisLeopold II laan 200 +32 58 620 310, e-mail: .

Drink[edit]

In Oostduinkerke[edit]

  • 1 't Zand (they serve the famous Verdonck ice cream and also excellent waffles and pancakes), Zeedijk 443 (on the sea promenade),  +32 58 51 97 84. €5-€10.

Sleep[edit]

Connect[edit]

  • 2 Public libraryCasinoplein 10 +32 58 53 29 53, e-mail: . Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00-12:00 and 16:00-19:00. Wednesday and Saturday: 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00.
  • 3 Post officeGuido Gezelleplein 7 +32 220 12 345. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30-12:30 and 13:30-17:00. Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30-12:30 and 13:30-18:00. Saturday: 9:30-13:00..

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