Belgium does not appear to be a typical tourist destination for most people. It is associated primarily with the European Parliament operating in Brussels and broadly understood politics. However, is it worth spending a vacation there? Generally yes, especially if you are planning a road trip in several Western European countries. Belgium can charm with its climate, architecture and pleasant landscapes.
The greatest attractions of Belgium
Among its greatest gems there is certainly Spa - the city which gave rise to the term "spa" used today. Mons is also noteworthy, where the Le Doudou festival, entered on the UNESCO list, takes place. Belgium is also famous for the production of excellent beer. While traveling around the country you will have many opportunities to taste it. The best pubs and clubs are waiting for you in Ghent, Antwerp or Brussels itself.
What to visit in Belgium?
Do you like sightseeing? Then you won't have time to get bored in Belgium. The local, exceptionally well-kept and beautiful cities offer interesting museums, impressive architecture and atmospheric streets, perfect for a walk. Be sure to visit Bruges , especially if you watched the movie "Shoot First, Explore Then" (English title - "In Bruges"). There are also many attractions waiting for you in Brussels , which boasts a beautiful old town. It is also worth visiting Lier , which has a belfry entered on the UNESCO list. Also visit Liege with its many churches and its wonderful old town.
Beaches in Belgium
The Belgian coast is perhaps not too varied and for a typical seaside holiday it is better to consider visiting another country. However, if you wish to spend some time on the beach then visit Ostend . This elegant city, situated on the English Channel, was already appreciated by Belgian kings. It used to be one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe. Nowadays, numerous beaches and some interesting sights await you here.
Nightlife in Belgium
Belgium may not be the most party country in Europe. Which does not change the fact that if you like atmospheric pubs where you can sip a beer or a drink without rushing, you will quickly settle in there. Where is the best place to go for a pub tour? Certainly to Brussels . The city is famous for its numerous beer bars. Some of them have 200 or even more types of beer. Mainly Belgian, but not only. Antwerp offers a bit more of a party vibe. There you will find places not only to hang out with friends, but also to dance. However, one of the most fashionable clubs can be found in Ghent .
Off the trail in Belgium
Off the main tourist routes, you can easily find places in Belgium. If you like hiking, consider reaching Belgium's highest peak, Signal de Botrange, which is 694 meters above sea level and is located in the Ardennes range. It belongs to the Crown of the Mountains of Europe. When you want to rest, visit Spa - an incredibly elegant spa. You can also plan a visit to Charleroi , which until recently could boast of being the most depressed city in Europe. Currently, it is a popular destination among hipsters who appreciate street art and unusual places for photo shoots.