Summer holidays in BelgiumFancy somewhere different? Belgium might just surprise you
Belgium has throughout the years garnered the unwarranted label of being a boring country. Subsequently, too many people planning a European summer holiday will skim past this beautiful land in favour of neighbouring France, Italy or good old Spain. This is a shame, as the reality is that Belgium has much to offer visitors in terms of culture, entertainment and natural beauty. Not to mention that throughout the summer months the weather is, for the most part, agreeable enough to indulge in the usual beach-based conventions.
You may not be entirely convinced, but a look at our guide to summer holidays in Belgium could change your mind. If so, look no further than HomeAway to provide your accommodation, with a panoply of rental properties to cater to your every need for the duration of your stay.
Top attractions on a summer holiday in Belgium
Summer holidays in Brussels
As the unofficial capital of the EU - and the official capital of Belgium - it is hardly surprising that Brussels has plenty to offer visitors. On a clear summer day a trip to the top of the iconic Atomium is not to be missed, providing unrivalled views over the city and beyond. Any number of bike tours are available to take in all the main attractions in style, incorporating the quirky Manneken Pis, Palais de Justice and Royal Museum of Fine Arts.
Summer holidays in Bruges
Anywhere labelled as the “Venice of the North” must have something about it; what Bruges has is romance, beauty and atmosphere in spades. Innumerable canals, quaint cobbled streets and charming buildings populate this middle-aged city, making it the most popular tourist destination in Belgium. Make your way to the central Grote Markt square and ascend the 366 steps to the top of the ancient Belfry tower for the best view in town.
Summer holidays in Nieuwpoort
Weather permitting, it is customary to lap up as much sun as possible throughout your summer holiday. If you want to combine the famed Belgian charm with traditional seaside sensibilities, the Nieuwpoort is the way forward, a delightful Flemish town blessed with the country’s most alluring coastal retreat. The town itself is fairly quiet, but the proximity of the North Sea coast makes it a haven for beach goers and water sport enthusiasts from Europe and beyond.
Summer holidays in Ostend
Ostend - or Oostende to the locals - is undeniably the most traditional seaside resort in Belgium, a fact that its popularity among its denizens attests to. This is where you will find some 9km of golden beaches, luscious shorelines and an elegant promenade from which you can absorb it all. Drag yourself away from your sun lounger if you can, if only to check out the joys of Leopold Park and the modest attractions of the city’s North Sea Aquarium.
View cottages in Ostend
Summer holidays in Ghent
Not unlike Bruges in that the canals and architecture stand out as shining examples of Middle Age preservation, but Ghent has a noticeably unique bohemian demeanour. This is largely due to the large volume of artists and musicians that inhabit it. Add to this the fact that the city has a vibrant student population and there are few finer destinations in the country for nightlife. Overpoortstraat is the most prominent party area, famed for its concentration of nightspots and exuberant atmosphere.