The Queen of seaside resorts more than justifies its nickname. This gem on the North Sea combines the grandeur of the Belle Époque with the artistic flair of James Ensor and his many successors. Similar to that artistic pioneer, art triennial Beaufort and street art festival The Crystal Ship have left indelible marks on the city. Today’s Ostend is artistic, modern and vibrant without sacrificing its original identity. The city retains a connection to its roots as an - occasionally rough - fishing community. Visit its many restaurants, from casual to chic, to dine on the purest of shrimps, mussels or sole.