November 20, 2016

2874 BELGIUM (West Flanders) - The Belgian coast

Belgium has only 70 km of coast on the North Sea, on which are located 15 seaside resorts in 10 coastal towns, each with its own character and unique atmosphere. It is a diverse region with all kinds of nature, culture, beachlife and recreational opportunities. The sandy beaches are ideal for children. Sunbathers have found that they acquire a healthier tan here than in southern Europe, thanks to the iodine and salt in the air.

The summer months are the busiest period for the coast, but the other seasons have their own charm.  One peculiarity of the Belgian coast is the abundance of high-rise buildings, which makes one feel more like in Tokyo than in the Benelux. Another noteworthy point is the number of casinos. Yet another is the tramway line that connects all the towns from De Panne (to the southwest) to Knokke-Heist (to the northeast). It is actually the longest tramway line in the world.

About the stamp, depicting a Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio Machaon), I wrote here.

Belgian Seaside Travel Guide - Eupedia
The Belgian Seaside: Top Ways to Enjoy Belgium's Coast - The Culture Trip

Sender: Anne-Marie
Sent from Trivières (Hainaut / Belgium), on 02.05.2013

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