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Oostduinkerke was once simply known as Duinkerke before changing name to avoid confusion with the French coastal town of Dunkirk. Meaning simply ‘East Dunkirk’ Oostduinkerke is a seaside town in West Flanders, Belgium and a popular seaside resort with the local Belgians. With a holiday apartment in Oostduinkerke from 9flats you can enjoy being right in the centre of the local population, where you can learn about the town from their point of view. Your 9flats holiday accommodation in Oostduinkerke is much like couchsurfing in Oostduinkerke but offers a far greater degree of comfort and privacy. Staying amongst the locals in your holiday apartment in Oostduinkerke might even lead you to gaining some insider tips about the town which could make your stay even more enjoyable.
Exploring West Flanders from your holiday apartment in Oostduinkerke
The long beach of Oostduinkerke is backed by sand dunes which now form part of a protected nature reserve. The area is a haven for walkers who enjoying strolling on the beach or exploring the promenade which extends for some 3.5km. The long sandy beach stretches for more than 30km to French Dunkirk and is a magnet for beach sailing enthusiasts and kite surfers. Oostduinkerke is also unique as the only place in the world where you can see shrimp fisherman working on horseback. Indeed, fishing culture is a major feature of the area and you can learn about it at the National Fishery Museum in the town. Oostduinkerke boasts other museums, many fine restaurants and some great pubs to enjoy the famous Belgian beers.
Choosing your accommodation in Oostduinkerke
Oostduinkerke merges with other towns and villages along the coast and a holiday apartment in Koksijde is just a few kilometres to the south. Here you will find the historic abbey of Ten Duinen, dating from the 12th century and the British Military Cemetery, remembering the fallen of the Second World War. There is also the Paul Delvaux museum, celebrating the art of this renowned Belgian surrealist painter. The seaside resort of Bad Koksijde offers great beaches and water sports just 2km away. For a different Belgian experience, a holiday apartment in Bruges is less than 50km to the north and is a great base from which to explore this beautiful historic town. Walk the medieval centre and enjoy the network of canals only bested by Amsterdam.
Moving on from Oostduinkerke
Before leaving Belgium, a visit to the atmospheric capital is a must. A holiday apartment in Brussels will provide a great base to enjoy the great food, chocolate and beers in this city that is rapidly becoming a weekend break favourite. Leaving Belgium, you could take a short trip north to the Dutch capital and a holiday apartment in Amsterdam where you can enjoy this stunning city. Take a cruise on the canals and explore the museums and markets of this UNESCO World heritage Site by day and then enjoy some fabulous nightlife in the evening. Whether in Europe or beyond, book with 9flats now for the very best in authentic local accommodation.