At the 'City by the Sea', over five and a half miles of sandy beaches invites you to delightful sunbathing and a refreshing dip in the North Sea. After frolicking in the sun, take a walk down the promenade where you will find many shops, bars and restaurants.

Ostend is a cosmopolitan city with a harbour, yacht-basin, airport and over 50 hotels. Visitors will be amazed by all there is to see and do. All year round, many activities take place. Some highlights are: Oostende at Anchor, Theatre by the Sea, Sparkling Mondays, Magic Lights in the Park, the Christmas Market with huge ice-skating ramp and Carnival week-end with the well known Dead Rat Ball. Vodcast of the seaside city of  Ostend presented by Simon Calder and Ben Ross.

One of Ostend's main, and maybe lesser known, trump cards is the gastronomy. What better place to sample the sea's delicacies than on the seaside. There are many restaurants, ranging from exclusive hot spots to cosy bistros, so there is something to suit everyone's taste and budget. The specialities are Dover Sole, shrimp croquettes and 'tomato filled with shrimps'. There is also plenty to keep you amused later on in the evening such as pubs, clubs and cinema complexes.  Check out today's and the forecast for the weather in Ostend.

Info Point

Monacoplein 2, 8400 Ostend T: +32 59 70 11 99

Discover Ostend!

  1. Ostend - City by the Sea
    The Scent of Ostend: a new look at Ostend
  2. Ostend - The Casino-Kursaal
    The Casino-Kursaal: not just for gambling, but for fun in general, with halls, restaurants, a lounge bar and a gaming room.
  3. Ostend Explorado
    Explorado: a fascinating play and learning world on the former Earth Explorer site. The whole family will experiece an exciting scientific adventure.
  4. Ostend City Pass
    The Ostend City Pass: gives you access to all museums and attractions and several discounts in and around the city.
  5. The Mercator - Ostend
    Ship Ahoy! The sailing ship Mercator and the training ship Amandine both lie at anchor in Ostend and have been fitted out as museums.
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