Near the famous sea-port of Ostend sits the tranquil town of Bredene. This is the only town to be found on the North Sea Coast in the area of West Flanders and gives visitors the opportunity to relax in some beautiful surroundings. A Bredene rental house will offer views of white sandy dunes with the North Sea as a stunning backdrop. The fresh sea air and breezes makes it a perfect location for a variety of outdoor activities and there are a few features in the town which are worth a look.
Bredene is known for its beaches and dunes, both being ideal locations for walking, cycling and sunbathing. Bredene is also home to the only nudist beach in the whole of Belgium, although this is separate and secluded from the other areas of the town. Activities such as swimming, cycling, sailing, fishing and diving are available in Bredene. There is also a wonderful selection of flora and fauna growing on the sand dunes which are perfect subjects for budding photographers and artists.
Bredene also has some attractive buildings one of which is the Fisherman’s Chapel, a 300 year old pilgrimage site which was used by Flemish sailors and their families. The unique Bredene water tower with its blue and white stripes and Flemish art is a wonderful sight to behold. The town also has its own museum, the Turkeyenhof, which is an old 18th century farmhouse filled with regional relics and a vast collection of interesting seashells.
The city of Ostend is approximately a 10 minute journey from the village and is worth a day out on your Bredene holiday. There are many sights to see here and many activities to be enjoyed. The first stop is to the harbour where you will find The Mercator, a floating museum that saw service by the Belgian Navy up until 1960 and took part in several exotic expeditions. Visitors can also see the remains of The Vindictive, an English warship that was used to block the harbour to prevent German occupants using the city.
A breathtaking sight is Fort Napoleon, a fortress in the north of the city which is the only remaining intact one in the whole of Europe. Visitors may also be interested in exploring the underground bunkers and tunnels of the Atlantikwall at the Raversijde Domain, which saw a lot of action during the Second World War.
The weather in Bredene can be variable but visitors can still enjoy warmth and sunshine. The warmest months are July and August when daytime temperatures can reach 20°C, making for pleasant outdoor activities such as cycling and swimming. December and January can see temperatures fall as low as 1°c making this an ideal time to relax in the warmth of a luxurious Bredene holiday house and enjoy the stunning views.
Bredene is located approximately an hour’s journey from Brussels Airport (BRU). There are several airlines that offer affordable flights to Brussels including British Airways, BMI, Flybe and Aer Lingus. Travellers can depart from several UK airports including Dublin (DUB), London Heathrow (LHR), East Midlands (EMA), Leeds (LBA), Manchester (MAN) and Newcastle(NCL).