Top 8 activities to do during your May holidays on the Belgian coast

8 things to do during your Easter break at the coast

The Easter holidays are the perfect time to escape the daily grind and enjoy a well-earned break. What could be better than getting a breath of fresh air at the coast? We would like to give you some tips to fill your holiday planning. From relaxing beach walks to cultural explorations, we have something for everyone.

1. Take a pleasant walk along the coast

Enjoy a relaxing walk on the beach. Nothing more fun than stepping barefoot along the waterline and occasionally dipping your feet in the water, right?

Not such a fan of the sand? Then of course you can enjoy a walk on the dyke just as much.

Do you prefer to follow pre-mapped routes? Then be sure to take a look at the De Kust website. Here you will find plenty of short walks for recreational hikers as well as longer routes for keen walkers.

Gezin in Westende

2. Go exploring by bike (or gocart)

Explore the coastline in a unique way with a bicycle tour or a ride in an iconic gocart. There are numerous mapped cycling routes available that take you past the coast's most beautiful spots. No bike with you? No problem! On the coast, there are plenty of rental services for bikes and gocarts.

No bike along to the coast? 

No worries. There are plenty of opportunities to hire a bike (or go-cart) at the coast. The De Kust website has a handy overview of bike hire as well as go-cart hire on their website.

2 mannen op een go-kart aan de kust in Zeebrugge

3. Enjoy art and culture

Here you will find a great overview of many cultural attractions in our coastal municipalities. Moreover, you are not far from Bruges, a city bursting with culture. 

If you like art, you will certainly not lack anything. Apart from the many museums - of which you will find a handy overview here - we list below a few more things you should not miss during your stay at the coast. 

The Crystal Ship in Ostend

Since 2016, dozens of street artists have transformed Ostend into a veritable open-air gallery. You can enjoy these creations all year round. 

For more info on the festival, a handy PDF with info and fun facts or a guided tour, visit The Crystal Ship website.

Een kunstwerk van Egle Zvirblyte voor het kunstenfestival The Crystal Ship in Oostende

© Egle Zvirblyte, website The Crystal Ship

4. Visit local markets

Feel the lively atmosphere and taste the freshness of local produce at the various markets along the Belgian coast. Each market offers a unique opportunity not only to buy fresh goods, but also to experience the local culture.

Besides the coastal markets, there are plenty of other markets to discover in the Bruges Ommeland. This region is known for its rich history and beautiful landscapes, which is also reflected in the diversity and quality of the products on the market.

Een lokaal marktje aan de kust

5. Colourful PARKoer in Middelkerke

This Easter holiday, Normandpark invites young and old to a spectacular and colourful adventure! Whether you want to balance on teetering cushions, clamber over challenging obstacles, bounce on bouncy cushions, or just enjoy a merry bouncing experience then you should definitely come along. The beauty of it all is that you can also create your own course. So what are you waiting for? This is the perfect activity for all ages, a place where families can come together and enjoy a day of laughter, play and discovery.

6. Visit the flower fair in Koksijde

Celebrate spring at the colourful Bloemenjaarmarkt in Koksijde on 30 March 2024. Discover a wide range of flowers and plants offered by various stallholders. A perfect outing for flora lovers.

De Bloemenjaarmarket in Koksijde

7. Ensor 2024

2024 marks the 75th anniversary of James Ensor's death in Ostend, the enchanting coastal city where he kept his artistic flame burning. The Ensor Year celebrates the legacy of this master of surrealism and offers a tribute to his genius. During the Easter holidays, there is plenty to do around here where art lovers and the curious can immerse themselves in his fascinating world.

8. Pretparken in de buurt

Dive into the waves at Plopsaqua or soar through the air at Plopsaland. Definitely keep a day of your holiday free to have fun with the whole family at the theme parks near the Holiday Suite residences.

Een rollercoaster in een pretpark

Looking for a nice place to stay for your Easter holidays at the coast?

Holiday Suites has no fewer than 5 residences along the Belgian coast. Check the availability below and book your stay by the sea now.