Ostend is well known for its beaches where many happy memories are made and many warm summers are enjoyed. As Ostend is located along the Belgian coastline, it’s also an ideal place to explore by bike. Start a Belgian cycle tour in Ostend and discover the coast on two wheels, making sure to visit picturesque towns such as Blankenberge and Bruge which are nearby. Leopold Hotel is ideally located as a base for your cycling trip in Belgium, or to start or finish your tour.
Did you know that Belgium has an impressive 2000kms of cycle routes? Or that cycling remains one of the fastest and most popular ways to get around the city of Ostend? Exploring the sand dunes, pretty coastal pathways and beaches and discovering the inland woods is a common pastime of both locals and visitors. Don’t worry about taking your bike with you; there are plenty of bike hire companies https://www.belgiancoast.co.uk/en/do/bike-rental in the area that make it very easy to hire and return bikes as it suits you. You don’t have to be super fit to enjoy a bike tour, there are routes for all abilities from novice cyclists to experts and many to suit families
Ostend is the queen of seaside breaks and has many fantastic attractions and activities, including our very own Greenway. Groene 62 allows you to enjoy stunning views of the sea around Albert I Promenad and explore the area around the Spuikom, making sure you don’t miss a thing. It’s an ideal route for families with activities like Kinderboerderij De Lange Schuur pet farm and Explorado Family Adventure Science Park on the route. You’ll also have the option to stop at Maria Hendrika Park and The Royal and Venetian Galleries along the way. It’s a flat, looped route of about 24km.
Take your bike for a short spin to the Visserskaai shore, near the Noordzeeaquarium, to admire the seafront and enjoy the views. You can then hop on a ferry that takes pedestrians and cyclists from the western shore to the eastern shore (Maritiem Plein) and spend the day exploring. Visit the fish market to pick up some of the freshest seafood in the region or make your way to the recently refurbished Fort Napoleon to learn more about Ostend heritage. The ferry can carry max. 30 persons and 10 bicycles, departs regularly throughout the day and best of all, its free of charge to all users. Check the website for more information on timetables as the ferry is subject to weather conditions.
If you’re planning a day out on the bikes but don’t want to venture too far, cycle to Maria Hendrika Park for a day of fun and adventure. Inside you’ll find fun for all the family, including a huge playground, a go-cart circuit, a pitch & putt course and much more. Water-based activities include three fishing ponds, rowing boats and kayaking, keeping you entertained for at least an entire day. Make sure to call into the Koninginnehof, the ‘queen’s court’, situated on the island in the middle of the Park. The 45-hectare park is ideal for an afternoon cycle and is just 5 minutes cycle from Leopold Hotel Ostend.
If you are an experienced cyclist and want to explore but avoid driving or public transport, enjoy a 25km cycle to the heritage city of Bruges. There you’ll find some of the best preserved medieval architecture in the country, some excellent sights and attractions and of course, excellent places to eat and drink. The city is very bicycle friendly with dedicated cycle lanes throughout. Follow the Ostend-Bruges Canal (Bredensesteenweg) the entire way for a scenic & straightforward route, stopping for a rest in ‘t Eilandje Bij de Spuikom for a rest and to admire the green space.
After a long day of exploring on two wheels, you’ll want somewhere warm, comfortable and central to rest and recuperate. Leopold Hotel in the centre of Ostend is a stylish place to stay, within 5-minutes’ walk of spectacular beaches, Leopold Park and some of Ostend’s most important local attractions. Book your stay in Leopold Hotel Ostend on our official website for exclusive access to our best available rates and special offers.