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12.39 Miles from the centre of Ostend
Ostend is home to an increasing 80,000 inhabitants, and is Belgium’s biggest and best-known coastal resort.
Like any other port, Ostend has seen its share of troubled times through the ages. The Spanish held territory here and used it as a base in their battle to maintain sovereignty over the Dutch during their 80-year war for independence. It has seen some of the biggest bloodbaths in that long period, and very little of the city’s original state remains.
Belgium’s first King, Leopald, set up a British-style resort after taking the throne in 1831. It was his heir, Leopald II, who brought the atmosphere of royalty by building grand houses and monuments. Ostend is now a resort to rival Brighton.
Things to see, places to go
There’s a wealth of arts and sights to soak up in Ostend. Mu.Zee, museum of modern art, and James Ensor House are a time capsule of commemoration to James Ensorhuis, Ostend’s great artist.
For a breathtaking piece of war history, visit the Atlantic Wall and its museum, one of the few original parts of the city left following its turbulent war times. And try the Amandine if you have kids, the incredible museum aboard a ship.
The Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is a monument to the city’s fond memory of the first King Albert and his queen, Elisabeth. He is recognised for his defensive stance against the Germans.
Shopping and nightlife
And for shopping, visit Ostend’s city centre for flea markets, cafés and creative shops, where you can buy unique gifts, memorabilia and handcrafted shoes. The centre also has a robust nightlife, but being small, the majority of the night scene is concentrated in the district of Langestraat. Hemingway is a café and dance bar, but for old school soul and funk hip-hop, head down to Lafayette Music Bar. The best cocktails however are rumoured to be at Brazza Cocktail Bar. And for a taste of Ostend’s specialist beer, try Twilight, a popular rock café.
The main menu is seafood throughout all restaurants, however the cuisines vary from Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek and French-Belgian. Try Marhaba for some of the best Moroccan cuisine, and Bistrot de la Mer; the reviews for their French menu are incomparable. Wherever you dine, the food is fresh and good.
Ostend hotels accommodate everyone and are easily accessible from the city centre. Whether it’s a quick break or a relaxing stay, you’ll find something to suit you, much like the rest of the city.
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