Nieuwpoort : The different styles of building architecture is so different and not in harmonyA 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 scénarymore
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 tasteMore and more you will see sport...more
The witch hunt, in fact a sad storyFirst 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...more
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 ZeebruggeSitting and watching the sailboats in the Pier is attractive, and a relax for hoursIn the picture : a statue of A.Toon.Luycksmore
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.more
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;more
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...more
If you go to the sea, you can't leave before you have eaten mussels with frieten. I'm sure that there are a lot more places in Nieuwpoort where you can eat good mussels, but there are also some where the mussels are less good or over-priced. That's why I give you the tip about De Zonnebloem. We went here in the summer of 2007 (a good year for mussels) and really enjoyed the 'mosselen natuur'. The pot was huge, the mussels were good and the price was normal.
And again: don't go home before you have eaten mussels!
From the west of the Belgian coastline to the east (and back of course) there's a tram: de Kusttram, managed by the De Lijn company. Only four Belgian coast cities/villages (De Panne, Oostende, Blankenberge, Knokke) have a train station, so this tram is very useful to travel alongside the coast. At half of the 70 stops there's a small shop (Lijnwinkel) where you can buy tickets, but where you can also get all the information you need.
So I really recommend the use of this tram, but we had one less nice experience last time we used it. At one point the tram derailed, so it couldn't go further anymore. But nothing was done for us passengers. We just had to get out, and no special bus or something was sent to come and pick us up. We just had to start walking. But probably trams don't derail that often. :-)
Favorite thing: Nieuwpoort is situated in West Flanders prov., W Belgium, on the North Sea at the mouth of the Yser River. It is a fishing port, an industrial center, and a beach resort.