Nieuwpoort : The different styles of building architecture is so different and not in harmony
A mix of Swiss style, Jugendstil and modern appartments. Not the way i like it and compared with "De Haan" another gem at the belgian coast and my favourite place, a black/white scénary
The Belgian coast is only 65 km wide but has a lot to offer. Especially the sand dunes ( not comparable with the dunes of Namibia or Libya, but nevertheless more attractive than the coasts of the Netherlands) - Different from the UK coast line, but so you see, every scéne is different and a question of personal taste
More and more you will see sport facilties near the beach. Nieuwpoort has a lot of them
... in high season
The witch hunt, in fact a sad story
First only a few women were witches. But soon everyone was a witch. If the neighbour was sick, someone had bewitched him. If a cow gave too little milk, the neighbour was perhaps a witch. As during weeks there was no rain, an old woman was accused. Because it had just elected a black cat.. If you thought that someone was a witch you went to court. He asked her if she was a witch.Of course she said no. And then the misery really started. The executioner came than. He tortured the woman. Just until she admitted that she was a witch. And then she was burned at the stake.
Nieuwpoort is known for it's most famous "witch" called Jeanne Panne, burned in the middle-ages and the daughter of Jan and Cathelijne Goossen.
The "festival" is held every year in the month of July
Sailing was always my "DaDa" - fighting against the force of wind. I was positively surprised to see that Belgium has also some international races to offer, especially in Nieuwpoort, Ostend and Zeebrugge
Sitting and watching the sailboats in the Pier is attractive, and a relax for hours
In the picture : a statue of A.Toon.Luycks
It can be really refreshing to have a walk on the pier in Nieuwpoort. You get to have a nice view on the beach and the dike, and it's just really nice to stand in the wind in the middle of the sea. You can also rent a place to fish there, but I don't have any more details for that.
The piece of art 'Searching for Utopia' by Jan Fabre, a giant bronze turtle, is quite impressive to see. Now it's still on the dike, but the city bought it, and because it gets damaged too much by the wind and the sand they will move it, probably in 2008 or later. The new location is next to the new tourism office in the Lombardsijdelaan;
There's an organisation that organises evening markets all along the coast line throughout the summer. They pass by every village, so a couple of times in the summer there's also an evening market in Nieuwpoort-Bad. It's quite worth to go have a look. The vendors are standing next to eachother all along the seadike, and there are really a lot of vendors, so the line is long. You can buy food, clothes, toys, CD's, DVD's, wallets, purses and lots of other stuff here. One warning: it can get really crowded.
You can find the agenda of the evening markets on www.kustavondmarkten.be. I don't know however how many years they've been doing this already, and how many more years they will do it.
A huge bronze piece of art by the artist Jan Fabre at the occassion of "Beaufort 2003" located at the coast line of Nieuwpoort-Bad might be a topic attraction.
It is called : "Searching for Utopia"
The perfect closure for an evening with mussels, frieten and a good beer is a walk on the beach with a nice sunset. So don't stay too long in the bar and the restaurant! :-)
Other places of interest in Nieuwpoort :
- The fish market, Kaai 8620
- Town Hall, Marktplein
- Church of our Lady, Marktplein
Breakwaters surmounted by piers that extend over 500 m into the sea from the corniche flank the mouth of the harbor. From the corniche (frite stand) the channel extends 3.5 km inland.
NIEUWPOORT has become a major yacht harbor. (With 1,890 slips - parking places in the water - Nieuwpoort claims to be the largest yacht harbor in western Europe. 700 additional slips are planned.)