Ostend Coastal Explorer

Ostend as a coastal resort is flourishing! A lively harbour, beautiful sandy beaches, pretty squares, casino, well-kept parks, a stylish pedestrianised shopping area, a Vistrap (fish market), pier and a wealth of fabulous museums make this town a great Continental short break destination. Ostend is also ideally placed for visiting the nearby picturesque coastal resort of Blankenberge and travelling over the border into France to visit historic Dunkirk.

Tina says...
“With Ostend’s golden sands and lovely promenade just a street away and the town’s shops and nightlife also close by, the Ostend Hotel offers the perfect base to explore, whilst also offering evening meals with a great drinks package for those who prefer half board”.
WHAT TO DO IN OSTEND

OSTEND
Belgium’s most popular seaside resort, Ostend, has an individual charm, characteristic seafront, marinas, bustling markets and shops, great seafood restaurants, lively night life and casino. Perfect for a leisurely break, taking a stroll along the pier or relaxing on the beach, Ostend is also well positioned for day trips to Bruges (30km), Ghent (70km) and Ypres (60km).

THE ATLANTIC WALL MUSEUM
The museum features over 60 bunkers, observation posts and artillery positions over 2km of open or underground corridors that make up the infamous German Atlantikwall (unsuitable for wheelchairs). This defence line was built by the Germans during WWII and the museum houses the only preserved German coastal battery. All constructions have been restored to their original condition in order to recreate the atmosphere of the time.

MEDIEVAL FISHING VILLAGE OF WALRAVERSIJDE
One of the most important archaeological sites in Flanders, the village consists of four reconstructed fishermen’s dwellings, providing a vision of life here 800 years ago, as does the museum’s rich collection of medieval objects excavated here. If the weather is dry, take a walk through the adjoining Raversyde Scenic Park, which lies to the east of the Atlantic Wall and has been almost completely redesigned as a scenic area.

MUSEUM AMANDINE
Once an Icelandic fishing boat, the Amandine is now a fascinating interactive museum permanently moored at the renovated Visserskaai in the heart of Ostend’s marina.

ENSOR HOUSE
A unique, colourful and slightly bewildering time capsule that will transport us back to the early 20th century world of Ostend artist, James Ensor. The Dead Rat Ball, the most celebrated festival in Ostend which takes place during the first Saturday of March each year was created by James Ensor and his friends. Experience the lavish costumes and an evening of entertainment at this celebrated event!

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Ostend at Anchor 24th – 27th May, 2018 (TBC)
The annual Ostend at Anchor event takes place over four days during the last weekend in May and is one of Europe’s largest classic maritime festivals. Attracting over 100 classic ships, themed musical performances, demonstrations, displays and a crafts village take place around the dockside. Admission is free!

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WHAT TO DO IN BLANKENBERGE

The picturesque resort of Blankenberge is famous for its fine sands, excellent pier and annual sandcastle competition (Zandsculptuur). Stroll along the seafront, admire the art deco design of the Blankenberge Casino, explore the marina and visit the quaint Belle Epoque Centrum, a charming museum that recaptures the Belle Epoque era perfectly prior to WW1 (closed Mondays). There is also a Sea Life Aquarium in the town.


WHAT TO DO IN DUNKIRK

DUNKIRK WAR MUSEUM
The museum has undergone extensive refurbishment, having been extended during 2017. Located in the fortifications that were built in 1874 to reinforce France’s coastal defence, the museum also served as the headquarters for the French and Allied forces during the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo.

WWII HISTORIC SITES
There are a number of important sites including the evacuation beaches, East Mole (the port where most of the soldiers were evacuated), an impressive bunker built by the Germans during the occupation, the British Memorial that commemorates the memory of the 4,528 soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force who died during 1940 and who have no known grave, and the cemetery which is home to the graves of 810 British soldiers. The Zuydcoote Maritime Hospital is where more than 20,000 injured soldiers were treated during the Battle of Dunkirk. When the tides are low the Shipwrecks of Dunkirk can be seen.

MUSÉE PORTUAIRE
A maritime museum with beautifully displayed exhibits. Out on the water, there are three ships: the grand, tall ship Duchesse Anne, the Sandettie sandbank patrol boat and the barge, Guild, used for transporting goods.
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Mercure Ostend

Ostend, Flanders
AAA+ Close to Beach
This 4 star hotel is located in the heart of Ostend near the Casino Kursaal. It boasts 95 modern and comfortable bedrooms, each with hairdryer, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning and minibar. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu and there is a small lounge bar to relax in. Coach parking is off-site approx. 2km from the hotel & free of charge.

Ostend Hotel

Ostend, Flanders
AAA+ Central Location Double for Single Occupancy Heart of Town
Located in the heart of the town within a short walk of the beach and shopping areas, this 3 star hotel offers 110 comfortable bedrooms, all of which are equipped with hairdryer and TV. The hotel also boasts a welcoming restaurant, bar, sauna and gym. Coaching parking is off-site at Ostend coach park 1 km away and is free of charge.

Ostend Hotel

Ostend
3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
January 2018 –March 2019
Twin from £125pp to £158pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £45

Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Welcome voucher for glass of Kir


Mercure Ostend

Ostend
3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
January - December 2018
Twin from £159pp to £189pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £94

Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of wine, beer or soft drink on arrival
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