the most exclusive seaside resort in Belgium,
is a mere 100 kilometres (65 miles) from the capital
of Europe - Brussels. With its broad and sandy
beaches, its eight-kilometre (five-mile) seawall,
a beautiful nature reserve and an enormous variety
of options for relaxing, it is a true paradise.
This sophisticated seaside town attracts visitors
from all over the world.
In the exclusive garden districts
the architecture and surrounding natural scenery
combine to form a harmonious whole. Knokke can
rightfully call itself ‘the great garden
on the North Sea’. The most representative
villas in the Flemish country style as well as
a scattering of English-inspired cottages are
all protected monuments. Le Zoute’s urban
landscape and architectural heritage are also
listed in the Sint-Lukasarchief and various residences
are designated as ‘to be preserved’.
You will struggle to find as
many brilliant interiors elsewhere as you can
find in Knokke–Le Zoute! Magnificent homes
lie secluded on the beautiful seawall, along serene
little pathways and in stately lanes: from grand
villas and charming apartments to cosy farmsteads.
Knokke guarantees a wide range of styles - both
traditional and contemporary, intimate and sparse
and restrained and exuberant. Fabienne Vastapane
has selected the most extraordinary of these interiors
for this sublime photobook.