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Welcome to our Ostend Tourist Information feature. Ostend is not in France but it is one of the most popular destinations for people crossing the Channel, so please forgive its location in our La France section. We welcome your feedback about this city and the local area, our contact details are below. You can find links to all of the current features on the main tourism page.
Ostend is the name of a coastal city in Flanders and the municipality that surrounds it. It is made up of four parts or boroughs: Mariakerke, Stene, Zandvoorde, and Ostend itself. Originally a small fishing village, Ostend was developed during the middle ages until it became a port of military and economic significance. In the 18th century the access to the sea through Antwerp was closed by the Dutch which led to a further increase in the status of Ostend. In the 19th century a rail connection between Ostend and Brussels, helped the town grow in size and importance. The first ferry service between Ostend and Dover sailed in 1846.
Ostend is a very popular seaside resort and high season will see the fine sandy beaches crowded with families. The whole Flanders coast is dotted with a number of smaller seaside towns such as: Blankenberge, Bredene, De Haan & Wenduine, De Panne, Knokke-Heist, Koksijde, Oostduinkerke, Middelkerke, Westende and Nieuwpoort. Each of these places has a slightly different flavour and there are some great places to visit and stay.
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At Yourcounty we publish a range of features connected to places to see and things to do in easy reach of the Kent ports, these include tourist attractions in France and Belgium. The majority of our coverage is connected with France but a number of our pages focus on the West of Belgium and the Flanders coast. If you would like to submit content for somewhere or perhaps something our users might be interested in, send us an email with the relevant details.
Eurostar, Eurotunnel & Ferries
Alongside suggestions of where you might go and what you can do when you get there Yourcounty likes to provide helpful information for people travelling across the channel by ferry, Eurostar and Eurotunnel. In addittion to basic advice and helpful suggestions, we feature special offers and promotional fares and deals. We welcome your thoughts about when and how to travel, if you have anything to share just drop us an email.
Feedback and disclaimer
We base the content on our website our what our users might find of interest and or useful. We welcome your thoughts about our coverage and suggestions of what we should and shouldn't include. Our aim is to provide something useful, informative or amusing every time you visit the website, if we don't get this right let us know by sending an email with 'la France ' in the title. We welcome feedback from businesses and tourist authorities in Belgium.