Belgium Holidays 2019 / 2020
Belgium holidays are perfect for those looking for a getaway which is close to home. Situated in Western Europe, Belgium is best known for its quaint medieval towns and its beautiful cities. It’s capital Brussels and city of Bruges both attract tourists due to their picturesque squares and of course, their perfected chocolate-making. Belgium is split into different regions, each speaking different languages. Dutch is spoken in the north in Flanders, French is spoken in the southern region of Wallonia and German is spoken in the east. This eclectic mix is also reflected in their cuisine and architecture which will surely fascinate you during your stay.
Top attractions in Belgium
Belgium is home to beautiful squares like Grand Place in its capital of Brussels. Grand Place is surrounded by stunning historic buildings which can be traced back to the 14th century. The square is a great sight to see in the day and the night (as it is lit up during this time). Check out the Atomium, this huge steel atom structure is truly magnificent. Particles on the atom are interconnected by escalators and feature exhibitions as well as incredible views of the surrounding city. Interested in seeing all of Europe’s attractions in one spot? Visit Mini-Europe, a small park which includes miniature sized versions of Europe’s top landmarks like Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.
Head over to the popular city of Bruges where the central square – Markt, is busy and full of iconic Belgian buildings, lovely cafes and eateries. Whilst there, make your way over to Belfry of Bruges, the city’s bell tower which allows visitors to climb up to the top via 366 steps and admire the stunning views of the city. There are also beautiful churches to see in Bruges, including the Gothic Church of Our Lady. It not only has a wonderful exterior; the church also features art from the famous Michelangelo.
Eating out in Belgium
Belgium has multiple influences when it comes to its cuisine. Due to its proximity to France, you can imagine that there is some French inspiration behind certain dishes. Sea food like mussels are a favourite in Belgium and they are generally cooked with white wine, herbs and garlic. Expect to be served a portion of fries with your mussels as fries are the perfect side dish for many meals in Belgium. Aside from fries being a cult favourite in the country, you’ll also find treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Chocolate is Belgium’s delicacy and you can find it smothered on waffles which have an abundance of toppings to choose from.
Belgium for families
Belgium holidays are great for families as there is plenty to see and do. In fact, it is the best place for a holiday packed full of activities in the outdoors. Head to the southern region of Wallonia which has plenty for the kids to do. Surrounded by hills, valleys and rivers, spend the day enjoying water activities like kayaking or canoeing down the river. Or spend a family night away from it all with some camping.
On the other hand, head to the cities to see all the sights. Brussels is a great choice when it comes to entertaining the children. Not only can they get their hands on some chocolates or waffles as a treat, but they can spend some time at the Children’s Museum, which is full of workshops designed specifically for children. Furthermore, the Atomium will surely have the children fascinated, thanks to its extraordinary exterior and its interesting interior.
Action and adventure
A holiday here isn’t always about sightseeing and admiring the cities of Belgium. There is plenty to do if you consider yourself a thrill-seeker. Wallonia is a fantastic location for those looking to try out fun activities outdoors. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors in Wallonia, especially with activities like hiking and cycling. Water sports are also on offer in the area. Try your hand at sailing in Tertre or even have a go at the ski cable. Whilst attached to a cable and a wakeboard, you can ski across the water for a quick adrenaline rush.
When thinking about walks along the beach and bathing in the sea, Belgium isn’t the first destination which comes to mind. However, Belgium does have some gems along its northern coast. Ostend, perhaps the most well-known has a beach which also features a promenade, making it the perfect place for long walks along the beach and soaking up the calming atmosphere. Whilst in Ostend, it’s worth visiting the Mercator which is a ship from the 1930’s. It now presents visitors with a museum on board where you can learn more about it.
If you fancy a long enjoyable trip along Belgium’s coastline head to De Panne. This coastal town is located near the French border and provides a beach as well as nature reserves. In De Panne, you can jump on the coastal tram which continues eastward along Belgium coast featuring 68 stops until it reaches Knokke-Heist.
Nightlife in Belgium
Belgium has a very laid-back nightlife making it the perfect holiday choice for those who’d rather have a quiet night at a bar with some friends. Enjoy an evening at the pub socialising over a few beers. At the same time, if you’d rather go all out and spend the night dancing and partying in a club, that is also possible. Brussels is an energetic city in the night time, with many bars and clubs picking up the pace around 1 in the morning. There are also many lounge bars and live music venues which would be buzzing in the evening.
Belgium for couples
Fancy a couples holiday? Well, Belgium is no doubt on the cards. It’s full of romantic highlights, especially in its major tourist cities of Brussels and Bruges. Enjoy a weekend break with your loved one as you cruise down canals and treat yourselves to chocolate delights. Bruges is a fantastic spot to enjoy for a city break. Explore the medieval square which is surrounded by typical Belgian buildings and Gothic architecture. Head over to Minnewater, a beautiful lake in Bruges which is home to a community of swans.
When in Brussels, have a romantic stroll around Grand Place in the evening as you soak up the sights and atmosphere. Head to the Royal Palace of Brussels where you can spend some time in the palace’s lush gardens (the perfect romantic setting) before embarking on a tour of the throne and state rooms. Perhaps the Brussels Park is more up your street, where you can enjoy a picnic together when the weather is pleasant.
Culture and history
Belgium’s history and culture are interesting, thanks to its multicultural mix of people and languages. Moreover, its cities are home to a number of museums which are great for finding out even more about Belgium’s culture. Head to the Museum of the City of Brussels which can be found in the Grand Place in the capital. The museum is dedicated to highlighting the city’s culture and folklore and is great for the kids to enjoy to, due to the museum’s child-friendly sections. Make sure to visit Mont des Arts for another dose of Belgium’s culture. This area is known for its museums and its area devoted to art.