Holidaymakers looking for a fun packed vacation near the coast in Northern Europe should pay a visit to Nieuwpoort in Belgium. This resort is located by the west coast of the country and has many things for holidaymakers to do and see. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments, B&Bs and campsites.
Nieuwpoort has a sandy beach and is great place to sunbathe, build sandcastles, beachcombing on the shore or take a swim in the North Sea. Watersports are available here such as surfing, wind surfing, sailing, Jet Ski, diving and kayaking. Angling can be done off the harbour at Nieuwpoort and at sea as well. Several sign posted routes are located in the area for cyclists to ride along and enjoy the great scenery all around. Nieuwpoort also offers some scenic paths and hiking trails leading hikers and joggers along the coast and trough the countryside. Astrid Park has five tennis courts and there are also a public swimming pool and bowling lanes in the town. Bars, cafes and restaurants in and around the resort offer a good mix of menus ranging from local fare through to various international styles. A good range of shopping can be found here with places for self catering holidaymakers to purchase food and drink. Tourists will also find markets and stores selling gifts and souvenirs in the area.
The historic town of Nieuwpoort has many interesting historic places and museums such as the Lock and Key Museum. Other fascinating sites are the lighthouse, the British and French Memorials as well as other memorials and several churches. The area also has some very attractive parks and gardens including Prince Maurits Park. Ostend is just 20 kilometres drive away and has many interesting museums and churches. A good way to see the city is by horse drawn carriage or on the miniature train. Many other cultural places are open in Ostend including galleries, theatres and cinemas. Flanders is approximately 37 kilometres away and is a significant historic site with tours of the battleground from World War I provided here.
The warmest time of the year in this part of Belgium is July and August when the average high temperature is 21 degrees centigrade. Winters are cold with January and February averaging just a high of 6 degrees centigrade and a low of 1 degree. October is usually the wettest month of the year with an average of 100mm rainfall, but rain can fall any time of the year.
Brussels International Airport (BRU) is approximately one hour and 20 minutes drive from Nieuwpoort. Brussels Airlines operate flights to Brussels from numerous cities including Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Geneva, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm and Vienna amongst others. Car rental firms Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt have desks in the arrivals hall and there are taxis available outside the terminal building. Another option for visitors from the UK is to catch a ferry from Ramsgate to Ostend and take the 20 kilometre drive to Nieuwpoort.