Oostduinkerke, Beach of the horse fisherman


Oostduinkerke, situated on the Belgian coast, offers a unique charm and richness that continually entices its visitors. It's the only place in the world where shrimp fishers on horseback keep a centuries-old tradition alive, a spectacular spectacle that is part of UNESCO's World Heritage. However, Oostduinkerke offers much more than just this remarkable tradition. It's an oasis of tranquillity, nature, culture, and gastronomy, a place where every visitor finds something to their liking.


Beaches and Dunes

Oostduinkerke is blessed with a wide and peaceful sandy beach, extending over more than 2 kilometres. It's the perfect place for long walks, sunbathing, swimming or building sandcastles. Behind the beach lie extensive dune areas, including the De Doornpanne Nature Reserve. This 235-hectare reserve, with its unique fauna and flora, is a paradise for nature lovers and walkers.


Culture and Heritage

Oostduinkerke also has a lot to offer culturally. The NAVIGO National Fisheries Museum takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the history of Flemish sea and coastal fishing. The museum also houses a lively shrimp aquarium and regularly organises temporary exhibitions.

The Unique Tradition of Horseback Shrimp Fishing

The most iconic image of Oostduinkerke is undoubtedly that of the horseback shrimp fishers. These fishers, clad in yellow oilskins and perched on impressive Brabant draught horses, pull their nets through the surf in a tradition that has been handed down since the 16th century. This fascinating tradition, unique in the world, was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2013.