Top 10 Things to do in De Panne, Belgium

September 28, 2017 Kelli Reichel

De Panne (French: La Panne) is a town and a municipality located on the North Sea coast of the Belgian province of West Flanders. There it borders France, which implies that it is the westernmost location of Belgium.
Restaurants in De Panne

1. De Panne Beach

Gemeentebestuur | Zeelaan 21, De Panne 8660, Belgium +32 58 42 16 16
Excellent
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4.5 based on 556 reviews

De Panne Beach

Reviewed By PHE22 - London, United Kingdom

A great sandy beach that looked good even in poor weather. Heavy seas pounding the shoreline were very picturesque.

2. Museum Paul Delvaux

Paul Delvauxlaan 42, Koksijde 8670, Belgium +32 58 52 12 29
Excellent
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4.5 based on 152 reviews

Museum Paul Delvaux

Reviewed By MAZAGDN - London, United Kingdom

Paul Delvaux was one of the leading surrealist artists of his ear and a leading exponent of this art movement. Second only in fame to the better know surrealist Rene Magritte, also of Belgium.
The Foundation Delvaux was set-up as a foundation in an old style fisherman's house - extensively remodelled and enlarged - and is itself a beautiful house. The artist and his wife lived behind his foundation during their stays at the seaside.
The foundation has a pretty little restaurant with a fantastic sun drenched Terrace (if you're lucky!) that serves good simple fare or one can simply enjoy a drink and dessert!
The collection itself would grace any world class museum and so represents one of the best places in the world to see the artist's work and learn about his passions and life.

De Pannelaan 68, Adinkerke 8660, Belgium +32 58 42 02 02
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8%
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3.5 based on 241 reviews

Plopsaqua

Reviewed By CWU - Aachen, Germany

We visited Plosaqua with our 12 years-old daughter. We paid almost 60 Euro for 3 tickets ( visitors over 1 meter) and 2,50 Euro for parking. The parking lot is located just outside the park so very convenient. The decoration and facility are very nice and clean. You have to pay 5 Euro for the locker but you get 4 Euro back if you return the token.
The slides are mostly family-friendly. We didn't have to wait long (max. 5 minutes) to try every slide so it is definitely worth the money. The operator at Sky Drop was very efficient so while the queue was long, the waiting was still not long. The effect at Wave pool is nicely done too. The wild river was fun but unfortunately too short.
Plosaqua looks small from the outside but there are many attractions inside. The food inside is not cheap as in every water parks but at least we didn't need to wait long as well.
We had lots of fun that afternoon. When we left after more than 5 hours, we noticed that on the receipt it stated the tickets are only for 4 hours. We didn't have to pay extra money so we weren't sure about the 4 hour regulation.

Pastoor Schmitzstraat 5, Oostduinkerke 8670, Belgium +32 58 51 24 68
Excellent
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Navigo-Nationaal Visserijmuseum

Reviewed By MarKno - Koksijde, Belgium

The third museum with 5 stars in Koksijde ( others are Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen, Delvaux museum) is the Visserij museum. It used to be a small charming museum but since some years it has been completely renewed and extended and is now a modern museum about the live of fishermen and fishes alike.
The museum is build on different floors and host among others real boats and an interesting aquarium with lots of fishes. You can try to identify the fishes using the pictures and text giving on the posters. Problem: the fishes are continuously moving and there are lots of them. By the time you think you have identified one he is gone.
It is also a large museum, so take a few hours to visit. And of the three museums it is also the one I would most recommend to visit with kids.
To prepare your visit have a look at the website : www.navigomuseum.be It has an English version.
Of course , just outside the museum you have a café-restaurant. It is build in an old fisherman’s house and has a large Terrace. If you are just in for a drink then take a Rodenbach (Belgian specialty beer) with grey North Sea shrimps.

5. Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand

Rue du Large, Bray-Dunes, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand

Reviewed By Berkshire-Bella - Berkshire

WOW! We were blown away by the beauty of the sand dunes at Bray Dunes. There are marked paths thru the dunes, making it easier not to disturb the wildlife or grass for much of the area. Also historical buildings along the way. Very nice day trip, and the Beaches at Bray-Dunes are fantastically quiet and clean.

6. Town Hall

Grote Markt 29, Veurne 8630, Belgium
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Town Hall

Reviewed By ShavyB - Roeselare, Belgium

It is a different view to see the Town Hall when it's dark than in daytime. The building is nicely lit at night and makes so attractive while walking under it. You could see the lights from below to the tower, a shimmering building at night very beautiful

7. Dumont Quarter

Albert Dumontlaan, De Panne, Belgium
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

Dumont Quarter

Reviewed By Daniel D - Brussels, Belgium

In De Panne you can visit the sea and beach and dunes, but also the Calmeyn-forest, the Nightingale Educational Nature Center, the great natural Westhoek reserve, and in the middle of all that, you will find the "Dumont"-quarter, wich is an architectural area, named after the famous architect Dumont in the early 1920's. Art Deco and Art Nouveau is always in the architectural designs, and the villas are very efficiently build inside. The area has low parking possibilities and unique sense mobility. Use your bikes please ! Around the Dumont area is lokated the "Zeelaan" or boulevard of the sea, with lots of commercial shopping. I live here for almost 28 years.

8. Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen

Koninklijke Prinslaan 8, Koksijde 8670, Belgium +32 58 53 39 50
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen

Reviewed By MarKno - Koksijde, Belgium

Koksijde is a seaside resort which has three marvellous museums: Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen, Delvaux museum and Visserij museum. When the weather isn’t fit for sunbathing on the beach they are a perfect place to spend a few interesting hours enriching your cultural and historic “baggage” . The Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen is maybe the best known..
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The museum offers the visitor an educative and extensive journey into the world of the Cistercian religious order and at the same time an insight into the Middle Ages. The Cistercian order was really a European multinational avant-la-lettre founded early 12th century by Bernardus of Clairvaux and having franchise abbeys all over Europe... including the UK!
In the museum the audiovisual means ( although at times some are broken) are picturing very well how the monks were living and some of the audiovisuals require the participation of the visitor. There is even a short romantic movie (flashback included) with the abbey and the North Sea as background. Adults and children alike will enjoy the experience.
The visit will take you between one and two hours. After that you go through the alley to ....nothing. Actually only a few bricks are left of the once majestic church and abbey. The ruins only give you an idea of the layout and size of the abbey, the rest is up to your imagination , of course helped by what you just have been experiencing in the museum.
To prepare your visit have a look at the website : www.tenduinen.be It has an English version.
To end your visit go to the recently restored old fisherman’s house ( on the grounds of the ruins) which is now converted into a café with Terrace. You can get there a good Belgian beer en a snack.

9. Adinkerke Military Cemetery

Heldenweg 34 | net voor kruising ARTIESTENPAD - DUINHOEKSTRAA- DE PANNELAAN, Adinkerke 8660, Belgium +32 58 42 97 53
Excellent
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Adinkerke Military Cemetery

Reviewed By nigeljcook - Saffron Walden, UK

Beautifully kept like all the CWG sites, this small cemetery is on a little lane, opposite a farm with ponies.
Containing British, Belgian, Russian graves we were able to find the one we wanted by using the CWG website, but there is also a book on site.
Adjacent to the motorway, and backing onto an industrial park, it was a tranquil memorial surrounded by pasture with wild poppies.

10. PlopsaLand De Panne

De Pannelaan 68, De Panne 8660, Belgium 32 058 423 02 02
Excellent
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4 based on 995 reviews

PlopsaLand De Panne

Reviewed By Robert R

Visited with my teenaged daughter. I noticed that quite a number of reviewers said that the park was aimed primarily at the younger market, but we had a brilliant time. Luckily weather was great, we arrived early out of High season; a bonus.
We got on all of the rides aimed at the older market without a delay. I think that the longest wait we had was 5 minutes.
We had a fantastic time. Some have complained that food and drinks are expensive but I think they are on a par with prices in the region. I paid full price, but I still think that we had value for money. No way would I visit in High season but when quiet what fun.

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