Colourful events, world class spa experiences, culinary masterpieces, unconventional museums and a centuries old fishing culture burst through the seams of Ostend and bewitch those who wander through. Ostend is a popular seaside city in Belgium and has an estimate population of just over 70,000. Attractions include Mu.ZEE, Sint-Petrus-en-Pauluskerk and Fort Napoleon.
Lose yourself in the easy going rhythm of the Belgian coast with cheap flights to Ostend. Ostend is home to Ostend–Bruges International Airport (OST), which is a 10-minute drive, or 25-minute train ride, from the heart of the city.
Popular flights to Ostend
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Why visit Ostend
The city has thrived as a fishing village since the 9th century, making it a veritable paradise for seafood lovers. Expect passionately prepared shrimp risotto and fresh saffron infused lobster.
From the quirky James Ensor Museum, to the Mu.ZEE, with its unique art collection dating from the 19th century to present day, museums are a big part of Belgian culture.
Feel the pulsing spirit of Ostend at the 2-day Ostend Beach Festival; TAZ theatrical, musical and cultural summer festival; North Sea Beer Festival; 7-day Paulusfeesten music festival; and Filmfestival Oostende.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
Ostend–Bruges International Airport
GMT + 1
Standard type E
Best time to visit Ostend
Ostend experiences an oceanic climate, with warm summers and no dry season. The island experiences significant rainfall throughout the year. Average temperatures range from 20 degrees Celsius in summer to 1 degree Celsius in winter.
The best time to visit is during summer, which is between June to September. Temperatures during these months range from 14 degrees Celsius to 21 degrees Celsius. While you may require a light jacket, the city bustles, giving you a chance to experience the spirited soul of the city.
For cheap flights to Ostend, the best time to visit is November to March. Average temperatures range from 1 degree Celsius to 6 degrees Celsius. The highest snowfall occurs toward the end of January.
Weather & Climate in Ostend
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month
Although the city of Ostend has been a thriving fishing village since the 9th century, it was King Leopold I who first set it up as a Riviera-style resort for aristocrats and royalty, after ascending the throne in 1831.
The city has since shed the hedonistic elegance of its Belle Époque days and assumed an easy going rustic charm.
Ostend is famed for its exceptional walks.
The Crystal Ship walk takes you on a stimulating 8.5 km meander through the city centre to discover Belgian artworks. A Tasteful Heritage will take you on a titillating hunt for Belgian beer, moules frites (mussels) and flammèche (baked cheese tart). The more obscure walks include a Marvin Gaye Midnight Love tour and Perfume of Ostend tour.
Other interesting attractions include Kraampjes, a bustling hub for delectable seafood delicacies; the Villa Savoyarde, home to Albert Einstein for several months during 1933; Lafayette Music Bar; and Walraversijde, an archaeological site dedicated to the vibrant fishing villages and culture of Ostend.
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Although Ostend is safe, crime does happen, particularly in tourist areas. It is advisable to take certain precautions and maintain vigilance as you would in any other unfamiliar city. Travel insurance to cover theft and medical expenses is recommended.
Be vigilant when travelling alone at night and only make use of marked taxis or car rentals. Pick-pocketing and bag snatching can be a problem in crowded areas. Avoid carrying large sums of cash and important documents.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling from a yellow fever endemic area. Immunisation against Hepatitis A & B and rabies are recommended. Other routine and recommended vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella and polio.
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