5 amazing places around Brussels that you must visit
Did you know that?
Brussels isn’t the only thing to visit in Belgium.
No matter if you are Belgian, expat, or just a tourist. There are 5 other places than Brussels that you must visit!
Let’s discover them :
There are places that somehow manage to get under your skin, even though you don’t really know them all that well. Bruges is that kind of place. A warm and friendly place, a place made for people. A city whose history made it great, resulting in a well-deserved classification as a Unesco World Heritage site.
Discover more on https://www.visitbruges.be/en
Brugelette and Bruges haven’t many things in common. Brugelette is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. This small village is one of the most popular place of Belgium, and it isn’t by hazard.
In fact, the famous Zoo park “Pairi Daiza” is located here.
Taking a stroll through Pairi Daiza feels like a journey around the world… The World Garden takes transports you to every continent in turn, with the opportunity to admire animals as you walk. No wonder Pairi Daiza was voted best zoo in Europe for the past few years.
4,000 animals live here: giraffes, hippopotamus, white tigers, panthers, giant pandas, elephants, zebras, sea lions, penguins, meerkats, squirrel monkeys, giant otters, colorful birds… You can even be a zookeeper for a weekend or sleep above bears!
More information on https://www.pairidaiza.eu/en
3. Beaches of Belgium.
Although most people don’t immediately think of beaches when planning a trip to Belgium, the west coast offers several excellent choices for those who want to soak up some sun and take a dip.
Knokke-Heist is one of the best known of Belgium’s beach resort communities and is located near the Dutch border, only about 19 kilometers from Bruges. The town has four beaches along its 12-kilometer coastline, as well as numerous walking, hiking, and cycling trails that wander through the dunes. Visitors will find that Knokke is also home to an astounding number of art galleries, as well as two excellent museums about local and Belgian history.
The town of Ostend may be best known as the main ferry port between Belgium and Great Britain, but it is also home to seaside resorts and beaches. There is a lovely promenade that runs along the beach, and a breakwater that offers good views of the small city.
Ostend has a total of five beaches and is about 29 kilometers from Bruges. Another beach resort town close to Bruges is Blankenberge, popular for its lively promenade, the Zeedijk.
4. Namur (and Dinant)
The perfect weekend break combines lazy strolls down cobbled streets, a generous serve of nature, cozy bars to settle into, and reminisce over the events of the day and exceptional cuisine that will have you nursing a food coma for hours.
Tucked away in the Belgian countryside, we found all that and more awaiting us in and around Namur.
This lively student town is simply bursting with funky bars, pretty cobbled laneways, and incredible food and with nearby Dinant, the folds of the Ardennes, and an explosion of wineries right on its doorstep, it also provides plenty of opportunities to escape to nature.
Looking for an offbeat weekend break in Europe? These are the best things to do in and around Namur and Dinant on your weekend getaway.
Get more information on https://thesandyfeet.com/things-to-do-in-namur-dinant-itinerary-belgium/
5. Last but not least… Ghent!
Ghent is a port city in northwest Belgium, at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. During the Middle Ages, it was a prominent city-state. Today it’s a university town and cultural hub. Its pedestrianized center is known for medieval architecture such as 12th-century Gravensteen castle and the Graslei, a row of guildhalls beside the Leie river harbor.
Plan your visit on https://www.visitflanders.com/en/destinations/ghent/index.jsp
Belgium is a small country full of surprises. So don’t wait to discover it, just go!