Paardevissers Oostduinkerke (Shrimp Fishermen on Horseback)

Shrimp fishermen on horseback is a tradition for over 500 years that you can see only in Oostduinkerke nowadays! This tradition used to be widespread along the North Sea

It is part of UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2013

You can see their schedule on their facebook page here:

Keep in mind that due to the low tide, you will have to walk a bit further than usual on the beach to reach the fishing point – see pic

-Make sure to wear appropriate shoes (eg wellies or flipflops that you will take off) and also short pants are better (you might get a bit wet)
-This is not really a stroller friendly, wheelchair friendly activity (or it might be if you can manage on sand, but due to the low tide you might need to also walk over sand with water at some parts)

There is also the National Fisheries Museum (about 5 minutes by car and not on the beach)
NAVIGO – National Fisheries Museum
Pastoor Schmitzstraat 5, 8670 Koksijde
Estaminet is the restaurant with a terrasse next to the museum, where you can enjoy fresh sea food (about 5 minutes by car and not on the beach)
Estaminet De Peerdevisscher
Pastoor Schmitzstraat 4, 8670 Koksijde

You can spend the day in Oostduinkerke; playground on the beach, good ice cream, a place to rent go-carts and a heated outdoor pool!


This is where you can see the Shrimp fishermen on horseback in action! It is also a nice place to spend the day with the long sandy beach, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a playground and ice cream!

About 1 hour 20 minutes NW of Schuman, Brussels (or about 3 hours by public transport)
Paardevissers Oostduinkerke (Shrimp Fishermen on Horseback)
Zeedijk 451, 8670 Koksijde

Outdoor parking near the beach
IJslandplein 10-15, 8670 Koksijde


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