De Panne tourist tips

Young and old travel to De Panne for Plopsaland. Nevertheless, the last large Belgian coastal municipality before the French border is much more than an amusement park. In this article our assets of De Panne.


De Panne, a four-season congregation


Find the free car parks


More than Plopsaland

To De Panne from the holiday apartment in Ostend

During our stays by the sea, we regularly travel to other coastal municipalities. Anke and I like variety, as long as the sea and the beach are nearby. The Belgian coastal cities and municipalities each have their own charm and assets. You will find activities, walks and sights everywhere. On 1, 2, 3 we are with the coastal tram elsewhere by the sea. Long Live The Line! And the regularity with which the tram runs on our coast. In this way we regularly and carefree immerse ourselves for a day in a different atmosphere and environment. Maybe you also like something among the activities we like to do in De Panne?

De Panne is a four-season congregation

Ostend, where we rent out our Apartment and Loft on the Zeedijk, is located right in the middle of the Belgian coastline. De Panne is located near the French border and is the southernmost seaside resort on the Belgian coast. The municipality of 11 inhabitants has grown from a fishing village into a tourist resort with a strong identity of its own. De Panne itself calls itself a four-season municipality. There is always something to do. A walk on the beach is also wonderful in winter!

Surprising discovery

We found the Dumont district a nice discovery. A walk in the small streets feels like a flash back in time. The good old days, some might think. Coastal tourism was not as developed as it is today. There was still room for large villas in the dunes. The Dumont district offers a large sample of coastal architecture from the late 19th and early 20th century. The villas and cottages were built in the Belle époque style. It is beautiful how they have been preserved to this day, thanks to the many renovations. Most villas have even been protected since 1995. Discover this gem of architectural heritage during the Heritage walking route or via one of the guided walks. The city game Rosalie is the best way to discover the picturesque and traffic-calmed Dumont district with children. Have a look at the trailer of the digital game developed by Tourism De Panne.

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Thanks to Jacques Lecleire, for the movie

Walking in De Panne

When we go for a walk in De Panne, we always start at the sea. Or what did you think? Little beats an elongated walk on the beach 😉 But there is more: - the vast Westhoek reserve, - the valuable fossil dunes of Cabour, - the Oosthoek dunes, - the Houtsaegerduinen nature reserve - the quiet Calmeynbos, - the Markey ponds in beautiful Adinkerke We and many other walkers spend the best hours there. Each season, the reserves, the trees, the greenery and the sea change color. Be sure to also inquire about the disabled path if you have less mobility or if you are traveling with a buggy or wheelchair.

De Panne offers fun for children

We don't have to introduce you to the most popular attraction for children. Plopsaland, the theme park of Samson and Gert, K3, Maya De Bij and their friends. In 2015, Samson and his friends opened Plopsaqua. This water paradise with super cool water attractions is for daredevils and fun-makers. You may find a discount on the entrance ticket via this link. Other activities for children in De Panne: - a petting zoo - city game Rosalie - bowling - skate park - playgrounds

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De Panne is easily accessible

De Panne is located right next to the French border. This does not alter the fact that it is easily accessible from Ostend. We usually take the coastal tram. The nearest Ostend Northlaan stop is just a 5-minute walk from our Apartment-with-sea view. In high season there is a tram every 10, 15 or 20 minutes. In the low season every half hour. With a trip card or day pass you can easily travel the entire Belgian coast. From Knokke all the way on the Dutch border to De Panne on the French border, that is a drive of no less than 2,5 hours. Funny is that you can also make the ride from behind your computer with this YouTube video With the Hermelijn from De Panne to Ostend.

Free parking in De Panne

There are free peripheral car parks just outside the center of De Panne. You can park your car here indefinitely: - Keesjesdreef (Veurnestraat side road) - Koningsplein (between Westhoeklaan and Koninklijke Baan) - Dynastielaan (with the exception of the section from the Esplanade roundabout to H. Consciencelaan) - Nieuwpoortlaan (section between Koksijde and Canadezenplein) In In this article we share what we like and find interesting in De Panne. Are you still looking for more details and tourist attractions in this coastal municipality? You can find it on the website of the tourist office of De Panne.

Ask? To reserve?

Anne and Hans rent out their two accommodations on the Zeedijk in Ostend. Reserve the apartment of the Loft for your next vacation.

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Coastal tram info
Cycling in Ostend
Zeedijk Oostende
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Dogs admitted