Ocean Resort BlankenbergeOcean Resort is located directly on the boulevard along the beach in Blankenberge. This budget resort offers simple and elegant rooms and apartments which provide you with a convenient base in this seaside resort town along the Belgian coast. The rooms and apartments are comfortably equipped and provide a peaceful base, many with stunning sea view. The hotel offers very competitive rates, but with no housekeeping services – however, you can exchange your towels daily for fresh ones at the reception desk. The restaurant serves delicious food à la carte, but also offers extensive dinner buffets for half board. Taste a variety of fresh soups, salads, pastas, market-fresh fish, meat and fowl dishes and desserts. The ice cream parlour Negrita offers sweet refreshment during warm days. Breakfast is free.
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Blankenberge is a town and a municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the town of Blankenberge proper and the settlement of Uitkerke. Like of most other Belgian coastal towns, a main characteristic of this one is that of a national and to a certain extent international seaside resort. Apart from the sandy beach, there's a structure unique along the Belgian coast: a 350-m long pier, constructed in 1933. Adolf Eugen Fick, the inventor of the contact lens, lived in Blankenberge until his death in 1901

Blankenberge was initially a small fishermen village on the coast of Belgium. Due to its rather strategic position, the little village was often plundered and destroyed. Also the sea sometimes proved to be not only a source of income, but also a source of destruction because of flooding. It was not until the 19th century that the small town became one of the first Belgian seaside-resorts visited by tourists. Somewhere around the year 1850 the first hotels were constructed.

Visitors to Blankenberge are encouraged to visit the 'Sea Life Center' with aquariums and an underwater tunnel where North-Sea marine life can be seen. It is located at the Koning Albertlaan 116 and is open daily from 10 am till 6 or occasionally until 9 pm. Every year there is also the Annual Sand Sculpture Festival in Blankenberge at Kon. Albert I-laan, in front of the Sea Life Centre. Years ago the salvage company Unie Van Redding - En Sleepdienst N.V. waited for the high tide to come in as night fell on the German cargo ship "Heinrich Behrmann", which was beached by heavy seas after losing power to the main engine late one night at Blankenberge. The salvage company Unie Van Redding - En Sleepdienst N.V. was hired to free the ship and three unsuccessful attempts were made the next day with the second attempt resulting in the injury of two workers when tug boat cables snapped. The beached ship attracted a great amount attention from curious tourists.


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