Hotel Excelsior is in a prime location on the North Sea coast and is the ideal starting point for a wealth of tourist attractions and activities. Here our top 10 to help you make the most of your stay in Middelkerke.
Domein Raversijde – Atlantic Wall
A section of the old defence line that was built by the Germans to defend the coastline from invasion lies well preserved in the dunes of Raversijde. Visit these fortifications dating from the First and Second World Wars.
Middelkerke is the ideal starting point for a cycle ride. There is a network of scenic cycle routes for young and old that take you along the coast and through the dunes and polders.
Villa Les Zephyrs
Inside this seaside villa you will find the original interior designed by the famous Art Nouveau architect Henri Van de Velde. In this small museum you can experience a typical family holiday setting of the 1930s.
Kusthistories (coastal history museum)
The ‘Kusthistories’ museum is an absolute ‘must do’. It takes you back in time through the history of coastal tourism along the Belgian coast. Today, a holiday by the sea is commonplace. But this hasn’t always been the case. Here you can enjoy a display of bygone bathing fashion, souvenirs, an old tram, pedal cars, unique film clips, fine decors and so much more.
Yser Estuary Nature Reserve
The mudflats and salt marshes of the Yser Estuary are teeming with life. A rich variety of algae and seaweed thrive here. These microscopic plants strengthen the mud flats thereby enabling plant species such as samphire to grow. Underwater life is a rich collection of shellfish, worms, slugs, crustaceans, etc. At low tide, some areas dry up creating salt marshes where many plant species grow. These marshes also attract wading birds such as curlews, dunlins and oyster catchers that come for their daily feed.
Middelkerke Comic Town
Middelkerke can certainly call itself the comic town of Flanders: along the seafront you will find bronze statutes of Flanders most famous comic heroes, there is an annual comic festival and during the summer there is a huge comic character maze.
Nature walks through the Warande dunes
The dune area between Middelkerke and Westende is over 32.6 hectares in size. It lies right next to the sea and is a narrow dune belt that is 2.2 km long and 185m wide. The area is managed by Natuurpunt who ensure that this precious natural resource is preserved.
Along the metalled footpaths you can enjoy a magnificent view of the reserve. If you would like to learn more, you can take part in guided walks during the summer months. The walks set out from the water tower in Middelkerke.
The beach and seafront promenade
Enjoy the stunning sunsets, sunbathe on the beach in fine weather or cycle on a go-cart along the promenade. The beach and the sea offer something for everyone.
Themed weekends in Middelkerke
Various themed weekends are organized in Middelkerke throughout the year:
These weekends are always a great success and involve a wide range of activities.
The finest casino in Belgium invites you to visit. The Baccara Hall is a unique setting for numerous musical performances and other events. The ‘Il Circo’ restaurant is the perfect venue for a delicious gastronomic meal or an enjoyable night out. Of course, you can also place a bet in the Casino. Apart from the traditional casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette or Casino Stud Poker, you can also try your luck on one of the slot machines.