The Belgian coast is … hmmm, what’s a word that people use on STW to describe something that’s a bit crap? Ah yes. Hateful. I went to Blankenberg (sp?) once. By boat as it happens, I wouldn’t have gone there otherwise. It is very aptly named. Rows of concrete high-rise buildings along the coast. A bit better in the town. But 5 miles inland is one of Europe’s jewels aka Bruges. So I’d advise looking inland. Bruges would do nicely.Posted 1 month agoNicoMember
De Hann certainly looks nicer than Blankenberge:Posted 1 month agoPeterPoddyMember
I love Belgium. Cycling round it is utter bliss. Route finding is ridiculously easy.
Go to the maps and plot a route, then print it. You get a series of numbers. Every intersection has a number and a signpost to the next numbered intersections. It’s literally cycling by numbers. I plotted nearly 300 miles round Belgium on one piece of A4 paper and only got a bit lost once. No maps at all. Never needed one.Posted 1 month agotthewSubscriber
Couple of the other posters have it nailed.
De Haan is the town to go to, and what PeterPoddy says about the fietsroutes is spot on. There’s also a dead handy tram that runs the length of the coast, and sandy beaches from Holland to France, with brief breaks for port entrances. It’s lovely.Posted 1 month agoRikMember
As others have said De Hann is quite a nice sea front and small enough. Pancake flat ride into Bruges, the biggest hills are the humpback bridges over the canal.
We did it the other way round, after a couple of hard days ridding the cobbles, we stayed in Bruges and did a circular route to De Hann and back. Lovely quiet lanes and a long section by the side of the canal all the way into BrugesPosted 1 month agocchris2louMember
yes always took my bike there .
first year cycled from Calais to De hann and then more cycling when there ,
second year , cycled to Bruges , got lost , phone died , took wrong turn , ended up at dutch boarder , followed the sea front back to De Hann . took hours against the wind .
wife was not happy .
cyclocross ( gravel ) bike is best , there is a mtb trail in some woods in De hann .Posted 1 month agoLord SummerisleMember
Have stayed in Ostend a few years ago, did day trips to Ypres and Bruges while we were there. There is also the coastal tram line which runs from De Panne to Knokke-Heist to help you get along the coast.Posted 1 month ago
And most places have several cafes like Cafe Botteltje – where they have a menu of 2-400 different beers available (all with their own glass)peekaySubscriber
Sun Parks in De Haan is a good safe bet for accommodation. Very good value. It is a bit like a faded Centreparks.
Handy for getting on to the dunes by foot, Seafront Tram stops nearby, handy for DeHaan and only a short distance out of Bruges by bike or car.
Had many happy family holidays there as a kid in the 90s. Went back last year as an adult and it was still quite fun.Posted 1 month agoalanlMember
The actual coast is the same, virtually from France up to Zeebrugge – rows of flats/apartments, 5 to 8 storeys high virtually all the way.Posted 1 month ago
However, slightly inland (2/3 streets back), there are the ‘old’ towns/villages, which many still have squares with cafes etc.
As above Ostend is nice, we like De Panne, just near the French border. A lovely open market square with numerous bars/cafes around.
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