Oostduinkerke makes Lonely Planet best travel list

Summary

The Flemish coastal town of Oostduinkerke is one of the Top 10 Fishing Spots Around the World, according to best-selling travel guide Lonely Planet.

Fishermen on horseback

The Lonely Planet best travel lists for 2015 are out, and Flanders hasn’t been forgotten. The coastal town of Oostduinkerke is included this year as one of the Top 10 Fishing Spots Around the World.

Rather than encouraging visitors to bait their hooks, though, the guide raves about the small town’s world-famous shrimp fishermen on horseback. “Prawn fishermen use not shrimpers but sturdy stallions to harvest the North Sea’s fruits de mer,” writes Lonely Planet. “For the last 500 years, the fishermen have galloped into the sea on horseback, their steeds dragging nets and a wooden carriage to scare the shrimp to the surface.”

We at Flanders Today have yet to see one of the Brabant draft horses “gallop”, but we do agree that the Unesco-recognised heritage is worth a trip to see.