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  • And, being near the sea, the food courses are mostly seafood based (don't miss the delicious crevettes grises)

    • by bethbarl

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      Knokke is a seaside city which is about 100 kilometers from Brussels. To get there from Brussels (where we usually come from), you have to take the Ring (marked on the panels as such) and take the E411 direction Oostende. You will first get the panel Gent. Just follow this sign (the highway is straight) and once you take the direction Oostende then you should get to a small roundabout. Take the first exit following the panel Knokke-Heist.

      Once you reach Knokke, there is another roundabout with signs going to Knokke-Heist, Knokke-Centrum and Blankenberge. You should take the first exit which will take you to the heart of Knokke.

      Frankly, I never liked to go to Knokke especially during the high season (summer which runs from June to September each year) because the place is too crowded. But at this time of the year and with a bad weather in place (it has been raining on and off now for nearly a week with temperatures dipping to 8ºC during the day), it’s not so bad. The beach is quiet and there are not too many people.

      There are many things you can do while in Knokke (there is also

      a tourist information in the middle of the esplanade should you require assistance). During the day, I usually stroll through the beach (in summer there is not much space on the beach as it is just filled with small cabanas, sunbathers and even kiosks selling food and drinks). However, when I was there last week (4-5 May 2010), it was quite pleasant to stroll through the beach or through the esplanade.

      For me, the main advantage of staying in Knokke itself is that one gets everything. For those who do not really mind the crowds and the expensive prices of hotels (€80/night and above), then Knokke is a good base (I went to our usual hotel in Nieuwvliet-Bad in Holland). You have the shops (high end boutiques and also some belonging to a regional chain), the supermarkets, banks and the like. There are enough choices of hotels from 3 to 4 star hotels and there are even some apartments for rent (short-term).

      In terms of dining, Knokke has mostly restaurants catering to those who wish to eat properly, mostly serving French or Belgian cuisine. And, being near the sea, the food courses are mostly seafood ...

      • based (don’t miss the delicious crevettes grises). There are very few fast food places (no McDonald’s or Quick within the Knokke boundary, just when you get out of the city). Cafes, snack bars (Glace de la Poste sells very good ice-cream and some sandwiches) are present but again the prices are sometimes ridiculous.

        Some restaurants where I have dined during our 2 day visit were the Le Petit Bidon, Panier D’Or and the Titanic Restaurant. For 4 people, a normal dinner or lunch (drinks included and a few glasses of wine) would run between €145 or more (tipping is not compulsory as a service charge is included in the final bill). Personally, I find this expensive and overpriced because the quality of the food is nothing outstanding or superior.

        Apart from walking on the beach, there are numerous things you can do in Knokke. One of the more popular activities which my family and I thoroughly enjoy is cycling on the beach boulevard (Kurt Cyclos offers bikes for rent for €10 an hour – you have to leave a valid ID to be able to get one) as a family. This is a go-kart and there are

        some which can seat up to 6-10 people. We find this a lot of fun and relaxing because we have to pedal in unison (a great exercise).

        My family and I usually rent these go karts for about an hour and we just turn around the esplanade (stretches for about 6 kilometers) or go to some side roads. Those with smaller kids can also rent tricycles, scooters – there are fun themes such as an ice-cream, balloon vendor and the like. For the more adventurous at night, Knokke has also a casino on the same boulevard.

        All in all, Knokke makes a nice change from the city life. It is no wonder that it is a popular beach destination for the locals (a favorite among Belgium’s jet set) and the country’s direct neighbors. It was not a real beach holiday for me in the true sense of the word as the weather is not yet warm but for us who love being near to the sea, Knokke is a good option. It is an easy drive from Brussels or Luxembourg, you dine relatively well and provided the weather cooperates, there are enough activities to do on the beach.

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