Along the coast between Ostend and Blankenberge

Bredene, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route: 146784

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59.1 km
03:28 h
1041 kcal
10 m


The coastline of the Belgian North Sea is one of the largest tourist regions in Belgium. Several cities cover the coast and are connected to each other. Sandy beaches are a great asset. In some places there are dune areas, but also muddy and salt marsh areas. In the dune belt between the French border and Westende-bad you will find the widest dunes along the Flemish coast, but between Westende and Ostend you see few dune areas. Here the cities have encroached on the Flemish coast, although you can still occasionally see dunes inland. However, these are very scarce, because the bustling cities dominate the coastal strip here.

Longer contiguous dune zones occur between Ostend and Blankenberge. You can even find the remains of a parabolic dune here. It is wonderful to travel some kilometers along the coastline from Blankenberge to Ostend, to get a breath of fresh air and enjoy the beautiful views of the sea. The history of Ostend goes back to the ninth century, when the first traces of habitation are found. Fishermen lived from what the sea had to offer and sheepherders herded their animals across the fields. In 814, the then tiny village was donated to the abbey of St. Bertinus in St. Omaars, but in 1267 the town of Ostend was given its own city rights. Nevertheless, Ostend had no walls, fortresses or strongholds to keep out enemies at the time.

In 1372 the city was fortified with palisades, but eventually the town lost out to an indestructible enemy and residents had to cede a large part of Ostend to constant floods and heavy storms. After a last major flood, the city was largely moved in 1447 and Ostend became further away from the sea.
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# Description Distance
Duinenstraat, 8450, Bredene, Flanders, Belgium 0.00 km
26 (8450, Bredene, Flanders, Belgium) 2.01 km
99 (Voorhavenlaan, 8400, Ostend, Flanders, Belgium) 6.95 km
39 (8400, Ostend, Flanders, Belgium) 7.40 km
67 (8450, Bredene, Flanders, Belgium) 8.24 km
5 (8450, Bredene, Flanders, Belgium) 9.35 km


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