One of the most interesting resorts on the Belgian coast. Situated between 98 hectares of dunes, which are a natural reserve. This is where the highest dune in Belgium is located, rising to 33 meters, Hoge Blekker. Oostduinkerke is a paradise for fans of both active leisure and those who love nature. Extremely wide, at low tide, the beach is an ideal place for kitesurfing and sailing on the sand. Horseback riding and bicycle tours are also popular.
The bustling promenade has many restaurants and sailing and riding equipment rentals. 130 km of footpaths have been prepared on the west coast, one third of which is unpaved. Tourists wishing to explore the area can rent bikes and go to the beautiful countryside. In the city, you can visit the Fisheries Museum and the architecturally interesting Church of St. Nicholas, next to which there is a monument commemorating the seven sappers who died from the explosion of the mine in 1969. Children will probably be interested in the Aquafun water park.
UNESCO intangible heritage
Oostduinkerke, in the past, a fishing village, and today a tourist resort, remembers about its fishing DNA. Of course, today shrimp fishing on horseback is only a show for tourists, but they show attachment to this over five-hundred-year-old tradition. In 2013 it was entered on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. The shows, taking place from June to August, attract crowds of tourists, and the National Museum of Fisheries tells about the history of sea fishing. Since 1950, the Shrimp Festival has been held in the city in the last week of June. The highlight is the parade in which it plays a major role Mieke Garnaal, huge shrimp figure. Every year, the festival attracts tens of thousands of tourists to Oostduinkerke.