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Nieuwpoort Base Information

Nieuwpoort is a fishing harbour and pleasurecraft port. It has an overwhelming seafood market, with morning catches from the North Sea and a wealth of fresh fish and seafood restaurants. The old town has a market in the square on Thursday afternoons. There are several parks with tennis courts, a sports hall, swimming pool and mini golf.


At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday: Closed

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night, but cruising will not be permitted. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 15:00 - 17:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base from 11:00.

Upon Arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Give you a welcome booklet which contains important safety advice and contact numbers.
  • Ask you to sign documentation to show that certain information has been read and unserstood.
  • Take a Damage Deposit and Engine Hours Deposit.
  • Let you know what time to expect your pre-departure briefing.

Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels

Martinique - Tel: +32 (0) 582 404 08
Clarenhof - Tel: +32 (0) 582 248 00
Cosmopolite - Tel: +32 (0) 582 333 66
Ibis Style - Tel: +32 (0) 586 220 00
B&B at the base Tel: +32 (0) 585 971 88

Bruges by night

Parking

Secure parking available offsite (pre-bookable)

Tourist Office

Nieuwpoort - Stad
Townhall
Marktplein 7
8620 Nieuwpoort
tel. +32 58 22 44 44
fax. +32 58 22 44 28

Shops

1.5km from the base there is a supermarket for all provisions (also fresh bread, meat and vegetables etc)
The town center of Nieuwpoort is approx 2km from the base and has several shops, restaurants and cafes etc. Details for the essential shops can be obtained by calling the base prior to arrival.

Local Market

Every Friday.

Fishing

Fishing is allowed. A Fishing Permit is required for fishing from your boat(not for under 16's) and can be purchased from the local post office. It costs around 50€.

Transport Information

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you'll need, please visit www.theaa.com

Directions

From England or France: Follow signs to Calais/Dunkerque – E40 direction Belgium/Brugge. Follow exit NR355 Nieuwpoort /Diksmuide direction Nieuwpoort N39. At first traffic lights, turn right, direction Nieuwpoort stad. At second traffic lights, drive straight on. At third traffic lights, turn right, direction Oostende. Follow the sign Binnenhaven up to traffic lights. Turn right, direction Lombardsijde/Westende N318 and turn right again after only 50m direction Oudenburg N358 (keeping monument of King Albert I at your right). About 200 meters further, cross the bridge and turn left, direction Oudenburg N358. Follow this road about 1 km and you will see the base at your left

Leave Zeebrugge direction Brugge (N31) up to the junction A10-E40/A17. Take A10-E40 direction Oostende. Head up to the junction A18/A10. Take A18 direction of Veurne. Leave A18 at exit 5 (Gistel/Oostende Airport) and drive direction Oostende on the N33. After about 2 km take direction Nieuwpoort. You are on the N358 along the Canal Plassendale-Nieuwpoort. After about 10 km, you drive over the bridge above the Sint-Joris lock, and after 100 m, turn right to the base.

Car Rental

Oostende Europcar - 18km

By Air

Closest airports:
Oostende - 16km
Brussel-Zaventem - 125km
Lille (France) - 130km

By Train

Closest train station:
Oostende - 16km from the base
Veurne - 10km from the base

Ferries

The following ferry companies operate to ports nearby.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Hull to Zeebrugge: P&O