De Panne, the southernmost seaside resort of Belgium

De Panne

De Panne, the most south-westerly seaside resort on the Belgian coast, has everything to offer for an unforgettable holiday. With its expansive beaches, beautiful nature, rich history, and diverse recreational opportunities, De Panne is an ideal destination for families, nature lovers, culture enthusiasts, and sports enthusiasts alike.

De Panne

Beaches and dunes

De Panne is known for its wide sandy beaches, stretching for nearly 7 kilometres. It is an excellent location for sunbathing, swimming, beach walks, and practising various water sports, such as kite surfing, sailing, and sand yachting.

Behind the beach lies an extensive dune area, the largest on the Belgian coast. The Hoge Blekker, Belgium's highest dune, is located in this area, as is the Westhoek nature reserve. This 565-hectare reserve is a paradise for walkers and nature lovers, offering a unique variety of fauna and flora.

De Panne

Attractions and sights

De Panne boasts a rich history and culture worth discovering. The charming town centre is known for its typical cottages and modernist architecture from the early 20th century, particularly in the Dumont district. This historic neighbourhood, named after architect Albert Dumont, is protected as a townscape and offers an atmospheric walk along picturesque villas and green avenues.

De Panne is also known for its link to King Leopold I, Belgium's first king, who landed here in 1831. A statue on the seafront commemorates this historic event.

For families with children, De Panne is a true paradise, with a wide range of activities and attractions. Plopsaland De Panne, a popular theme park with over 50 attractions and shows, is one of the town's biggest draws. In addition, there is the educational Plopsaqua water park, where children can enjoy water slides, white-water courses, and swimming pools.



Plopsaland De Panne is a vast theme park at the Belgian coast. Enjoy the thrills of some 40 attractions and the ...

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    De Westhoek

    De Westhoek

    Geprangd tussen De Panne en de Franse grens kan je er als wandelaar genieten van het indrukwekkende duinenlandschap van De Westhoek. Je kan ...

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      Royal Sand Yacht Club

      Royal Sand Yacht Club

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        Gastronomy and events

        De Panne takes pride in its gastronomy, with numerous restaurants and cafés serving local and international dishes. Regional specialities naturally include fresh fish and seafood, but you can also enjoy delicious Belgian classics such as stew, mussels, and waffles.

        The town hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, such as the annual St Nicholas celebrations, the International Hot Air Balloon Festival, and the Summer Carillon Festival, showcasing carillonneurs from around the world.

        Recreation and sports

        De Panne offers plenty of recreational opportunities, from cycling and walking to golfing and horse riding. There are several cycling and walking routes that take you along the coast, through the dunes, and to surrounding towns and villages. For the adventurous visitor, there's even the opportunity to learn sand yachting, a sport where you race across the beach in a wind-powered cart.

        In summary, De Panne is a destination that caters to everyone. Whether you're looking for relaxation on the beach, adventure in nature, cultural discoveries, or fun for the whole family, you're sure to find it in this charming and lively seaside resort.