I love the harbour area, I love the smell of the sea...
Catch your very own shrimp at sea. You can, on the Crangon, a fully traditionally equipped shrimp trawler.
The technique used to catch the shrimp is board fishing. This technique involves the use of 'side trawlers': nets that have otter boards on the side.
These boards or metal plates keep the net spread open as it moves through the water. It is a trap from which the shrimp cannot escape.
The Crangon departs from a spot near the famous Oostende lighthouse and takes you on a magical trip along the Flemish coastline. On board you get 'hands-on' experience of the traditional way in which Flemish fishermen catch, sort wash and... cook sea shrimp at sea.
It is hard work, but... well worth it. Not only is this a unique opportunity to become one with nature, but helpers are allowed to take home part of the catch free of charge.
A trip on the Crangon takes about three hours.
When you arrive in Oostende by train or tram, you'll immediately find yourself right into the heart of the city: its harbour.
The harbour of Oostende is not the largest one of Belgium, but to me it is the most beautiful one. Whenever I'm there, I always feel like I'm on holiday!
In the harbour you can admire two 'famous' ships: the Mercator (see next tip) and the Amandine, which was used for fishery in Iceland. Nowadays the Amandine is a museum, you can find it opposite the railway station.
Ostend harbour is not Belgium's largest harbour but it is multi-faceted. There is a new sealock that can allow ships with a tonnage of 10.000 tons to enter the harbor. From the lock, access can be given to the Ostend-Plassendale canal which allows the connection with the inner regions.
Right in front of the train station is the marina which greets visitors with the sight of a cluster of boats, their masts reaching up toward the sky just above the red-tile roofs of the buildings behind the water. Behind the roofs, the two towers of the town's main church complement the scene. Unfortunately, this might actually be the most attractive sight in all of Oostende as the rest of the town is not quite so picturesque.
The other main sight around here is the Amandine, a typical fishing boat of Oostende that is now a mini-museum, although I doubt it would be that intriguing for anyone besides perhaps the kids.
Warm Wullocks anyone? No trip to Ostend is complete without a visit to the Visserskaai (Fishermen’s Quay) the town’s famed seafood quayside. Everyday summer and winter from early morning to evening, colourful stalls are set up and vendors sell prepared plates of cooked fish, seafood cocktails and bowls of streaming hot whelks.
Almost as soon as you leave the Oostende train station you come to the inner harbor. There are a variety of ships to view and you can hail the crews to welcome them back to port. Cross the blue draw bridge behind the boat to get to the town center. Also across the bridge, turn right and follow the white posts lining a promenade to the fish market and eventually the beach.
A former Belgian training ship of the Belgian Merchant Navy , which transported the remains of Father Damiaan. A Schooner which kept her authentic interior and which has been restored as a nautical museum.
Without doubt - Ostend is a top attraction and destination for many foreign tourists - like the Englishmen and German people who love to visit the Belgian coast.The coast scenary itself seems to be so different - cultural hightlights are never far away.
James Ensor's name/fame are linked to this city. A flemish painter (1860-1949) precursor of surrealism in the special world of painters.
One of the highlights during this "festival"
"The Grand Turk "
Three master wooden sailing ship, 46 meters long, builded in 1997 and a copy of Lord Nelson's Armada.
Michael Turk reconstructed it - the "Fregat" will be seen on many festivals all over the harbours in the world, will even be scenary in many films
At the occasion of "Oostende voor Anker" many fans of sailing and "flipping" meet each other.A highlight is definately visiting "The Mercator" - Flag ship of the Belgian Marines
This three-master builded in 1931 - cost about 75.000 euro that time and weight about 800 tons.
it was used by the belgian Navy until 1960 - as from that date it serves as a kind of museum - floating al over the world !!
The Mercator was a training ship, launched by the Belgian Royal Marine in 1932. It was used for the training of officers of the Merchant Navy until 1960. The Mercator was transformed into a museum in 1961, and is now moored at Ostend.
On request of those tourists who like the sea but hate the sand, the city has build this copy of a wave breaker on a little square a bit further away from the fishermen's harbour.
p.s. don't believe everything I say!
You can wet your pants without getting embarrased '-)
Well to my humble opinion... some of these are bound to get wet! hahaha
OOSTENDE ANCHORED....... which event took place in 2002 but it is always great to visit places near the seaside where there are ships in harbours and ports and often festivities....
A FEAST for your eyes and a great opportunity to take special photos!!
Also to taste fresh fish in the many atmospheric restaurants!
LOVELY PLACE FOR A shopping spree.....
I told you: Oostende is great, I often go there, yes, I know, easy for me, so close to my home town Middelburg in The Netherlands.
You cannot miss it arriving at Ostend. The Mercator Yacht Harbour not only houses the three masted sailing ship ‘Mercator’, it also contains many yachts. It is nice to take a walk among the pride of many seaman. More than 300 berths are available.
Being a place on the coast, it's no wonder that Oostende is packed with boats or yachts. Makes you want to just hop on and sail away!