Oostende is one of the nicest beach resorts on the North Sea, famous for its sea-side esplanade, pier, and fine-sand beaches. Interesting locations that well worth a visit are: the Casino, Fort Napoleon and the Mercator, an educational tall ship of the Belgian merchant fleet, which has been converted into a maritime museum. James Ensor's name and fame are closely linked to that of Ostende. Both his house and the Provincial Museum of Modern Art (PMMK) have very interesting exhibitions on his work and life. For the sports lovers there is a wide range of sport facilities to choose from: an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool, outdoor pools filled with heated seawater, a racetrack, sailing and windsurfing.