Gistel is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders.



Coat of arms
Location in Belgium
location within arrondissement Ostend
and in the province West Flanders
Coordinates: 51°09′N 02°58′E
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceWest Flanders
  MayorBart Halewyck (CD&V)
  Governing party/iesCD&V, N-VA, sp-a
  Total42.25 km2 (16.31 sq mi)
  Density290/km2 (740/sq mi)
Postal codes
Area codes059

Following local government boundary reforms in 1971 and 1977, the municipality has comprised not only Gistel, but also the towns of Moere, Snaaskerke and Zevekote.

On January 1, 2006 the Gistel municipality had a total registered population of 11,125, of whom more than 8,000 were in Gistel itself. The total area is 42.25 km² which gives a population density of 263 inhabitants per km². The German town of Büdingen is its twin town.

Celebrity connections

The most famous inhabitant of Gistel was Sylvère Maes, winner of the Tour de France in 1936 and 1939.

Another former resident of Gistel is Johan Museeuw, also famous cyclist, but now retired. He won Paris–Roubaix three times.

In 2011, a museum opened in Gistel, in honor of Maes and Museeuw.[2]

A former mayor, Bart Halewyck, was the first hacker ever convicted in Belgium after the 'Bistel Trial' in 1990. He was already alderman and had to resign after his conviction.[3]



  1. "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. "Museum Gistelse Flandriens". De Standaard (in Dutch). 8 April 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  3. (in French) Joëlle Meskens, "Les pirates du Bistel s'en tirent bien: la farce n'était pas très méchante...", Le Soir, 9 November 1990

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