Oostende is situated centrally on the Belgian coast and has 69.000 inhabitants. The town has a definite population: it is outspoken grey, there are 22 % single parent homes and 11,6 % of the population is unemployed. Both the average income and the average degree of education are low.

 At the 'City by the Sea', over five and a half miles of sandy beaches invites you to delightful sunbathing and a refreshing dip in the North Sea. After frolicking in the sun, take a walk down the promenade where you will find many shops, bars and restaurants.