Ostende was founded as a market town in the 12th century.
It toddled along for a few centuries before coming into its own but today
it is known as a lovely seaside holiday destination.
With its sandy beaches and classical buildings, Ostende is also becoming a
popular location for the productions of films.
The city of Ostende is protected from the North Sea by a network of dykes
and has a ferry landing as well as an airport.
In spite of being a favourite vacation spot for Leopold I and Leopold II,
Ostende gets few rave reviews. This is not of much concern to the town
because they have a thriving commercial fishing industry.
Perhaps visitors are too rough on Ostende because they do try to please.
The centre of town is a car-free zone and there are a number of music
festivals during summer months.
Ostende also has a magnificent Neo Gothic church, St Petrus and St Paulus
Church. This church was completed in 1905.
Other attractions in Ostende include a maritime museum and a racing track.