De Panne, a coastal commune just north of the French border, is popular with French tourists, who crowd its wide, sprawling beaches each summer, swimming, sunbathing, and landsailing. To the west is a seaside nature reserve with several walks laid through the dunes. The first king of Belgium, Leopold I, first set foot upon Belgian soil in 1831 in the town of De Panne, and there is an impressive monument at the site commemorating the historic moment.
The permanent population of De Panne numbers 10,000.
Adinkerke is a borough within the municipal district of De Panne.