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De PanneBelgium

This seaside village offers a lot of activities. Visit one of the war museums, relax at the beach or take the family to one of the amusement parks.

De Panne is a seaside resort near the French border and is a great place to spend a relaxing holiday at the seaside. Enjoy the nature, go on a day trip to France and visit museums on 20th-century war history.

Although there was a settlement here in the Middle Ages, De Panne didn't become a seaside resort for the rich residents of Veurne until the end of the 18th century. After the Second World War tourism picked up again and today the village is a popular holiday destination for all ages.

History buffs will love De Panne. The region played an important role in the First and Second World Wars. For example, you can visit bunkers and tunnels at the Openluchtmuseum Atlantikwall (Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum) which is a 30-minute drive from the village. You can also go to Ypres Salient and see old German and English trenches. And of course there's Dunkirk just over the French border.

If the kids are with you, take them to the nearby theme park Plopsaland. Nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful beaches and walking and cycling routes in the Westhoekreservaat.

The coast tram (Kusttram), a special line which connects the different villages along the Belgian coast, is a good way of exploring the coast. You can also hire bicycles or even walk to nearby villages. If you're travelling by car, you can park cheaply in the park and ride (P+R) parking lot at the train and bus station and take public transport into the village.

You can get to De Panne by car from Folkestone and it’s just a 40-minute drive from Calais. You can of course fly to Amsterdam or Brussels and hire a car there or even take the train to Antwerp and then the train to De Panne.

However you travel to De Panne, you will certainly enjoy this lovely seaside resort with its many historic sights and activities for young and old.

Top hotels in De Panne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel ibis De Panne
Hotel ibis De Panne
3 out of 5
Zeelaan 2, De Panne
The price is £63 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

Located in the heart of De Panne, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Flemish Visitors' and Nature Education Centre and De Panne Beach. Plopsaland De Panne is ...

4.1/5Very Good! (208 reviews)

"Room and bathroom size and amenities excellent. Breakfast more than satisfactory. Service was friendly. Beds not comfortable, hairdryer weak, bring your own toothpaste. Very convenient location. Cheapest and most flexible hotel around."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2020

Hotel ibis De Panne
Novo Panoramic Sea View
Novo Panoramic Sea View
3.5 out of 5
Zeedijk 17, De Panne

Situated in De Panne, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Flemish Visitors' and Nature Education Centre and De Panne Beach. Plopsaland De ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"Très bon séjour en famille 😊"…"

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2019

Novo Panoramic Sea View
Villa Vindina
Villa Vindina
3 out of 5
E. d'Arripelaan 19, De Panne

Situated near the beach, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Flemish Visitors' and Nature Education Centre and De Panne Beach. Plopsaland De Panne is 1.6 mi ...

3.3/5 (6 reviews)

"This house is in a residential area, so that is nothing around. It would be nice to have something to make hot water and coffee in the morning. The hotel offers nothing only soap to wash hands. It is very peaceful around, walking distance for the beach and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2019

Villa Vindina

Popular places to visit in De Panne

Plopsaland De Panne
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Plopsaland De Panne

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Plopsaland De Panne and find out why this is a popular theme park in De Panne. Wander the gardens and beaches in the area.

De Panne Beach
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De Panne Beach

4/5(16 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at De Panne Beach, a popular beach in De Panne. While you're in the area, wander around the gardens.

Malo Les Bains Beach
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Malo Les Bains Beach

4/5(17 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Malo Les Bains Beach, a popular beach in Dunkirk. Stroll along the waterfront or experience the area's museums.

Reviews of De Panne


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1/5 - Terrible

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31 Mar 2019

I would never go there again. Overrated Belgian village.

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