The department of West-Vlaanderen is located in the Flemish region of Belgium, in the west of the country and bordered by the North Sea. It is famous for its historic towns, beaches, gastronomy and industries. The city of Bruges, the largest city in West-Vlaanderen, is famous for its UNESCO-listed historic city center with picturesque canals and gabled houses. The town of Ypres, on the other hand, is famous for its World War I history, with memorial sites such as the Menin Gate Memorial. The department of West-Vlaanderen is also known for its fine sandy beaches, such as those of Blankenberge, Ostend or Knokke-Heist. Visitors can enjoy many activities there, such as swimming, water sports or even walks by the sea. In terms of gastronomy, the West-Vlaanderen county is famous for its seafood dishes, such as gray shrimps and mussels. Beer is also very popular, with craft breweries offering traditional Belgian beers such as Westvleteren, Brugse Zot or Kwak. 'historic town centre', 'sandy beaches', 'WWI', 'food', 'Belgian beer' and 'water sports'.