Within 40 minutes you're from Newport Coast Park with the car in the historic city of Bruges, the main tourist attraction of West Flanders. Bruges was originally a seaport, but because of the silting of the coast she lost her leading position as a seaport of Antwerp. A city of art and culture that certainly is worth.
Newport began in 1163 as a port and was for centuries was the main fishing (herring catch) of Belgium. Now the city owns the largest marina in northern Europe.
During World War I, had the famous locks the Ganzepoot 'significant and still water plays a major role for the city of Newport. The King Albert Monument, a memorial from 1938 is worth a visit in Newport.
Only 15 kilometers from Newport lies the 17th century Furnes. The magnificent town hall, the Spanish Pavilion, the Meat Hall and other historic buildings make the city very attractive. Wander at your leisure through the small alleys and old streets of the town or the adjacent 19th-century park. Or visit the bakery museum, a reconstructed old bakery with a baker's shop, gran garden and every Tuesday a baking demonstrations.
Ostend is a tourist spot with pleasant shopping streets, squares and a vibrant nightlife. Moreover, it is also one of the largest fishing and passenger ports of the country. In the Mercator - Ostend is the Driemaster Mercator, the former training ship of the Belgian merchant (1932 - 1960) that you can visit daily.
With the tram you are in the cozy shopping town within half an hour of De Panne, also known as the cradle of yachting sport. The protected Dumont quarter which was built at the beginning of this century, located in the center of town and provides an overview of the evolution of coastal architecture. The Heritage Walk guides you through it. Of course De Panne is also known for the theme park Plopsa.
Many know Diksmuide because of its important role in the war as a front line between the German and Allied army. In 1928, a first iron tower was built as a peace monument. Also in the new Iron Tower, inaugurated in 1958, is the central idea of peace. Within walking distance of the Peace Memorial you will find the Dodengang, an authentic trench.
Ypres was in the 12th and 13th centuries especially concerning the textile industry. Since the Middle Ages the city was surrounded by ramparts and it is still an ideal hiking area. During World War I Ypres was completely destroyed, but was then rebuilt to its original state. Visit the In Flanders Fields: an interactive museum about the First World War about life on and behind the front. Or something else entirely: the versatile park Bellewaerde.
Pier Blankenberge, a 350 m long pedestrian bridge into the sea, was built in 1933 and is a unique structure on the Belgian coast. In Blankenberge you will find lively shopping streets are pedestrianized in summer. Discover Blankenberge at the Sea Life Centre, the spectacular underwater world or in the serpentarium the fascinating world of reptiles.