Looking for the perfect holiday destination? You’ve found it in the Belgian towns of Coxyde, Saint-Idesbald, Oostduinkerke and Wulpen.
Coxyde is the ultimate holiday spot in any season, offering:
Stunning nature reserves and hinterland with hiking and biking trails.
Fascinating array of cultural and heritage sites for people of all ages.
High level of culinary sophistication and sumptuous regional dishes.
Abundance of shopping opportunities. Discover our local businesses now at www.hartjekoksijde.be
Located at just 30 minutes from Ypres, home to Flanders Fields and famous WWI monuments
Schedule your activities now for your stay in our coastal resort at www.koksijde.be.
Get €200 discounts on a range of tourist sites by applying for your Coast Pass from www.kustpas.be.
Take a tour of this contemporary museum and on-site excavations to learn all about the lives of the monks of the Order of Citeaux – the interactive tour is sure to entertain both adults and children. Check the museum’s calendar of events and activities and take part in the Mediaeval Games (at just 500m from our office).
Dedicated to the lives of fishermen, this museum allows you to discover what day-to-day life is like for the wives of these fishermen, what it’s like to work on a fishing boat, and how the IJslandvaarders (the fishermen from this area of Flanders who set sail for Iceland in the mid-19th century) made a living and – occasionally – met their demise at sea. You can admire mock-ups of ships of all sizes, and you can even send messages yourself using Morse code and solve a variety of puzzles. Be sure to visit the aquariums, with their fascinating populations of North Sea fish species. Your children are guaranteed to have a great time at this educational museum. End your visit to the small café "De Peerdevisser” and sample one of the local beers, a traditional dish or a tasty cup of coffee.
A visit to the Paul Delvaux Museum is a unique experience in its own right, immersing visitors into the private inner world of this fascinating artist. The museum houses the largest collection of works by this celebrated 20th-century Surrealist painter, whose life and artistic development are illustrated on an intimate scale through a unique collection of paintings, objects and other items. The artist’s personal belongings and various precious mementos sit side by side with sublime masterpieces (letterlijke kopie van de site). Afterwards, be sure to stop at the local café, ‘t Vlierhof, for a hearty lunch or a gourmet cup of coffee. You’ll be tempted to spend hours on the café’s comfortable outdoor terrace.
EXERCISE ON HOLIDAY
Information on all the biking and hiking trails listed below is available from the Tourist Office
Artists’ hiking trail
David hiking and biking trail
Doornpanne hiking trail
Green Stop: Along Hannecartbos forest and the dunes
IJslandvaarders hiking route (the IJslandvaarders were the fishermen from this part of Flanders who set sail for Iceland)
Regular guided walking tours are organised in this 701-sq. m. nature reserve – for dates, see www.koksijde.be
With the variety of facilities available, you can play any number of sports here to your heart’s content.
Whether you’re 8 or 80, who doesn’t love a good game of miniature golf?
Take your family to play all 18 holes of the Golf Ter Hille course!
There are three riding schools in the vicinity offering horseback riding: Becue, Hacienda and Cavallus
Sailing and surfing at KYC, Coxyde Yachting Club
and more at www.koksijde.be
We are aware that the majority of tourists visit our coastal resort to enjoy the beaches and dunes.
But did you know you can also take your children to Coxyde’s fabulous Hoge Blekker swimming pool? Apart from splashing around in the pool, they can also use the slides or run through the sprinklers. In summer, you can also take a dip in the Oostduinkerke outdoor pool..
And if you really can’t get enough of the water, try the special pool at the Plopsaland De Panne theme park to feel like a Viking of old. Please note that you are required to book in advance through the Plopsaland website. Alternatively, you can also visit Oostduinkerke’s Sunparks aquatic centre.
The town is home to two climbing centres where your kids can burn off some excess energy on a rainy day.
There are various playgrounds to be found throughout the resort:
On the corner of Ter Duinenlaan and Kerkplein
On the corner of Lejeunelaan and Hoge Duinenlaan
On the beach at the level of the ‘beach village’ on Middelkerkestraat
Nearby theme parks
The Plopsaland theme park is just 15 minutes (by car or by tram). Order your e-ticket on the website and pay the reduced pre-sale price. If you would also like to swim in the Wicky De Viking pool, you will need to book ahead.
Bellewaerde Park, near Ypres, is located just 45 minutes from here, and as above, it is recommended that you order your tickets in advance. If you hold a season ticket to the Plopsaland theme park, you will receive an even more generous discount.
Crazy about animals
Paepehof petting zoo with a café, playground and children’s loft in Adinkerke (free entrance)
De Lenspolder, petting zoo in Nieuwpoort (free entrance)
Dierenpark Zonnegloed, a zoo in West Flanders including playground and play barn (subject to an entrance fee)
DAYTRIPS FROM COXYDE
The Veurne open-air market with its beautiful stepped gables is absolutely worth a visit. While you’re there, you’ll have to sample some of the regional specialities: Veurne meringue pie, Veurne kletskoppen (lace cookies) and potjesvlees (brawn) all washed down with a refreshing glass of Boeteling beer.
Diksmuide and Ypres: Flanders Fields
You must absolutely visit these two cities to commemorate the WWI centennial.
In Diksmuide, you can visit the trenches and museum, along with the local market, where you’ll want to sample the local treats, Diksmuide pancakes and boterkoek (a type of shortbread, eaten with copious amounts of sugar) and Diksmuide’s artisanal polderham (variety of ham). Why not make a day of it and book a cruise on the IJzer van Nieuwpoort boat to Diksmuide?
Ypres has, of course, always been one of the key World War I sites, and now there are more events than ever to visit in addition to the traditional visits. Go to www.toerisme-ieper.beA visit to the interactive Flanders Field Museum offers a whole new glimpse into what it was like to be an ordinary civilian during that time. Then, after all that sightseeing and exploring history, you’ll want to sit down and take a break, and perhaps enjoy a kattenpoot biscuit, a slice of senateur tart, a piece of Ypres Dutch rusk or some tapjesvlees (larded rump of braised veal or pork), etc.
Besides being known for its beautiful old town centre and abundance of cultural sights, Bruges also has its share of first-rate eateries, and if you’re looking for more shops after exploring Coxyde, you’ll find everything you want right here in Bruges. The nearby resorts of Nieuwpoort and Ostend are also renowned for their chic and exclusive shops.
You will find a list of events by downloading this year’s edition of the holiday brochure from the Coxyde website.
Weekly market days (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Coxyde – Friday
De Panne – Saturday
Veurne – Wednesday
Flower market: first Saturday of the Belgian Easter Break
Coxyde Kids Weekend: Second weekend of the Belgian Easter Break
Easter Egg Hunt
Mediaeval festivals in Ten duinen (see www. tenduinen.be)
Prawn festivals in May
Prawn fisherman on horseback and on foot (year-round)