This stage of the journey takes you through very diverse sceneries. From De Panne to Koksijde, you will pass the visitor centres Duinpanne en Doornpanne, cycle through dunes, enjoy magnificent sea views and beautiful sandy beaches. In Nieuwpoort, you can take the ferry, or do a little detour via the vibrant harbour and imposant King Albert Monument (both options are signposted). From Middelkerke to Ostende, you will cycle next to beautiful sandy beaches with breathtaking sea views, passing the Beaufort sculpture park of contemporary art. Don’t forget to climb the Warandetoren with its spectacular 360° view on dunes, polders, beach and sea. In Ostende, enjoy the beautiful architecture of the Venetiaanse Gaanderijen and Kursaal, or visit the James Ensor House. The authentic home of this surrealist artist has been given a modern twist thanks to a brand new interactive experience centre. Lovers of culture and coastal gastronomy can indulge in their passion in the bustling coastal towns and vibrant seaside resorts.

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Surface: There are different types of road surface.

Gradient: The road is flat, no hills.

Signposting: The signposts are the same along the whole route.

Parking: Parking is available in every municipality.

Existing maps: https://shop.westtoer.be/nl/product/kustroute-icoonroute

List of bike rental providers: https://www.dekust.be/nl/doen/fietsverhuur

List of tourist information offices: https://www.dekust.be/nl/praktische-info/toeristische-diensten

Practical info

Train station

Ostende Train station
Natiënkaai 1, 8400 Oostende
Koksijde Train Station
8630 Veurne
De Panne Train Station
8660 De Panne

Tourism office

Toerisme Koksijde - kantoor Oostduinkerke
 
Astridplein 6 8670 Oostduinkerke
+32 58 51 13 89
http://visitkoksijde.be/nl
toerisme@koksijde.be
Toerisme De Panne
 
Zeelaan 21 8660 De Panne
+32 58 42 18 18
http://toerisme.depanne.be/
toerisme@depanne.be
Toerisme Nieuwpoort - kantoor Nieuwpoort-Stad
 
Marktplein 7 8620 Nieuwpoort
+32 58 22 44 44
www.visit-nieuwpoort.be/
toerisme@nieuwpoort.be
Toerisme Koksijde - kantoor Sint-Idesbald
 
Zeedijk 26 8670 Sint-Idesbald
+32 58 51 39 99
http://visitkoksijde.be/
toerisme@koksijde.be
Toerisme Nieuwpoort - kantoor Nieuwpoort-Bad
 
Hendrikaplein 11 8620 Nieuwpoort
www.visit-nieuwpoort.be/
toerisme@nieuwpoort.be
Toerisme Middelkerke - De Oude Post
 
Joseph Casselaan 1 8430 Middelkerke
+32 59 30 03 68
www.visit.middelkerke.be
toerisme@middelkerke.be
Toerisme Koksijde
 
Zeelaan 303 8670 Koksijde
+32 58 51 29 10
http://visitkoksijde.be/nl
toerisme@koksijde.be
Toerisme Middelkerke - Kantoor Westende
 
Henri Jasparlaan 173 8434 Westende
+32 59 31 91 28
http://www.visit.middelkerke.be
toerisme@middelkerke.be

Attractions

Culture
James Ensorhuis
James Ensorhuis

This newly created experience centre contains James Ensor’s original house and five interactive adventure spaces, where you can admire his paintings, interior decorations, carnival mask and take a peek at his authentic home and studio.

Vlaanderenstraat 29 8400 Oostende
+32(0) 59 41 89 00
www.ensorstad.be/nl/het-james-ensorhuis
info@jamesensorhuis.be
Culture
Westfront Nieuwpoort
Westfront Nieuwpoort

Westfront Nieuwpoort shows you the full story of the flooding of the polder area, which halted the German invasion of Nieuwpoort during WWI.

Kustweg 2 8620 Nieuwpoort
+32 (0) 058 23 07 33
www.nieuwpoort.be/westfrontnieuwpoort
info@westfrontnieuwpoort.be
Culture
Paul Delvaux Museum
Paul Delvaux Museum

The Paul Delvaux Musem in St. Idesbald shows on more than 1 000m2 of renewed space the largest collection paintings, watercolours, drawings and etchings in the world of this internationally renowned artist.

Paul Delvauxlaan, 42 8670 St. Idesbald - Koksijde
+32 (0) 58 52 12 29
https://www.delvauxmuseum.be
info@delvauxmuseum.be
Nature
Natuurreservaat De Westhoek & Sahara
Natuurreservaat De Westhoek & Sahara

De Westhoek Flemish Nature Reserve (345 ha) is the only dune area on the Flemish coast where nearly all dune vegetation is represented in one unbroken dune landscape. Famous is The 'Roman plain' (also known as the 'Desert') that seems so endless that you might think you were in the Sahara.

Schuilhavenlaan 8660 De Panne
+32 (0) 58 42 21 51
www.natuurenbos.be/westhoek