Belgium is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of Western Europe and having undergone a reconstruction programme has rid itself of the industrial mirth of the past to be rejuvenated by cities brimming with fashion, passion and partying.
Having provided a home for the European Union and NATO headquarters, Belgium is often mistaken for the political and bureaucratic face it shows to the world. The charm of its Belgian chocolates, waffles and cold beers tend to be overlooked. Yet it is the good things in life that you will find in Belgium – and not least of all, mouth watering food and drink. Influenced by the invasion of French and Dutch neighbours, Belgium has a glowing reputation for fine dining and coupled with relaxed, friendly locals is the ideal destination for the perfect city break.
Travelling to Belgium by Ferry
There is just one UK to Belgium ferry remaining, sailing from Hull to Zeebrugge. The Ramsgate to Ostend and Rosyth to Zeebrugge have both closed in recent years.
Ferries to Belgium
Where to Visit in Belgium
Bruges in the north-west has seen the highest growth of tourism attracting visitors with its dynamic culture, artistic flair and pulsating nightlife. The picturesque facade of medieval architecture, sultry canals and fascinating history reflects much of Belgium’s charm and beauty. Likewise, the capital, Brussels is steeped in culture and history and there is no shortage of interesting places to explore. The Royal Palace or the Cathedral of St. Michel are not to be missed.
One of the greatest treasures in Belgium’s trove is Antwerp. A thriving cultural hub has attracted many of the countries, artists, writers and designers. The name of this dynamic city is uttered in the same breath as Paris and Milan having become gripped by the catwalk world. As a result it is laced with stylish fashion stores and chic boutiques.
The medieval architecture and dreamy canals of Ghent make it appear charming and peaceful on the surface. Though when daylight falls, the strong student population of this sleepy city surface to to make an explosive nightlife scene.
The fascinating blend of sweeping French boulevards and quaint cobbled streets of medieval Holland are best found in Liege or Namur. Both situated on the banks of the River Meuse in the stunning mountainous region of the Ardennes. Liege offers a peaceful getaway and some of the most beautiful panoramic views to be found anywhere in Belgium.