The town De Panne is one of the most popular beach resorts in Belgium primarily because of its beach which is the widest in the country and covered in white sand. The town is of great importance in Belgian history as it is here that King Leopold I first set foot in the territory in 1831. It was also the dunes between here and Dunkirk that were the scenes for the evacuation of British troops in WW2 that proved vitally important. Both of these events are honoured in the town with a monument for King Leopold and an interesting World War 2 Museum with free entry.
Nowadays, the town is best known for its beach and is a popular destination for tourists especially in the summer time. The white sandy beach with its bars and bistros make for the perfect destination on a hot summers day. Aside from the beach itself, the surrounding dunes are the oldest in Europe and make for an interesting setting for a stroll. There are also many bike routes in the surrounding countryside as well as walking routes which offer good day activities for the more active travellers. Besides the sand, sea and countryside there is not a great variety of other things to try in the town although families with children will appreciate the theme park and nearby aqua park. All in all, the good food and beach will be enough to keep you in De Panne for a few days but you will struggle to occupy yourself for more time than this unless you are purely looking to chill out.
Lets explore the best things to do in De Panne:.
1. Have fun at Plopsaland
This theme park, which gets its name from Belgian TV character plop the gnome, is the main tourist attraction in De Panne.
The park, which costs 35 euros for anybody over 1m tall, is mainly aimed at children but does have one or two thrill rides for adults.
Anubis the Ride is best for adrenaline junkies and catapults riders to 90kmph in just 2 seconds! The park is closed during January and February.
Throughout the rest of the year, the park hosts various events including appearances of popular TV characters and even pop music concerts.
Book your tickets online before visiting for a small but handy discount.