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5 walks in Ostend

‘Living by the Sea’ is Heidi’s lifestyle and travel blog. She has been living at Belgium’s coast her entire life and will never ever want to leave; the proximity of the sea has a positive influence on her mood. Whenever she travels, she prefers to go to places close to the water but she also loves to discover her own city. You can do a few nice walking routes in Ostend thanks to a useful walking map or app.

Here are some of Heidi’s tips:

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Walk 'Out and about in Ostend'

Ostend has all the advantages of a city, without the disadvantages. It is a pocket-sized city, everything is easy to reach. All you need is a pair of comfortable walking shoes and this walking map to see all the sights of Ostend. And with these two detailed walks you are already halfway there. Enjoy your walk!

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Walk 'Tasteful Heritage'

The ‘Tasteful Heritage’ walk is for the food fans. The title kind of gives it away because this walk takes you to heritage gems that have a culinary function as well. Take the time to go visit the ‘Grote Post’ too; this old post office building now harbours Ostend’s cultural temple. Furthermore, you can go to the ‘CultuurCafé’ all day long. Do you want a cup of coffee in style? Go to the terrace on ‘M’as-tu-vu’ square – Du Parc on the Marie-José square. If you want to taste beer, ‘‘t Botteltje’ pub offers 1001 different kinds of beer. You will find more good places on the map.

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Ensor walk

Download the app and take the brand-new Ensor-themed walk to visit all the locations that were significant to the life and work of James Ensor. You will be given information and will be able to see things for yourself at each of these places, using the latest high-tech. Young and older Ensor fans will love this walk.

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04

Marvin Gaye Midnight Love Tour

Marvin Gaye and his son Bubby arrived in Ostend by boat on 14th February 1981. This is the start of an exciting story about Ostend, Marvin Gaye and the relationship between them. During the walking documentary through the city, you will get to know everything about his comeback and how he created his big hit ‘Sexual Healing’.

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Street art in Ostend

Public art fans must come see ‘The Crystal Ship’. Several enthusiastic citizens offered one of their house’s facades to be covered in street art or public art. The results are some impressive pieces of art that pop up all over the city. Artists like Axel Void, Guido van Helten and Paola Delfín could set their creativity loose on the facades and made some unique pieces in Ostend. The walk is 11 km long and leads you through the city centre and even to the ‘Oosteroever’ (East bank) to find the artists’ works. You prefer to not walk? No problem, there is a bicycle route of 26 km that also gives you a chance to enjoy the ‘Green Route’ (a bicycle route through the countryside of Ostend) as well.

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You can book and get a map at the tourist office of Ostend – in front of the ‘Kursaal’ theatre. You can choose the walk you want to do and can start right after your visit at the tourist office! You can walk at your own pace, stop wherever you want and why not, go have a drink on a terrace in the meantime. 

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