The regions of Flanders and Brussels are hugely cultural areas set in the unspoilt countryside, where good living and fun are essential parts of the Belgian way of life. Belgium is a small country, yet manages to cram in a huge amount of culture, historical buildings and beautiful countryside, which begs to be explored by foot, bicycle or horseback, and much of the country can be explored from a Brussels apartment or holiday rental in Flanders. Whether you are taking a short weekend break to Brussels or a long family holiday, there is plenty to entertain and invigorate, and some of the best cuisine to enjoy from a self catering holiday rental.
Holidays to Brussels are a combination of cultural and historical points of interest and a generous, friendly lifestyle. Of course, as with the rest of Belgium, there is more history, art, food and architectural gems to occupy the pickiest tourists.
The northern, Dutch speaking region of Belgium, Flanders, has 42km of coastline to enjoy during the summer, with 15 seaside resorts along the coast. The whole of Flanders is a cultural hotspot, with exhibitions, festivals, concerts and fairs popping up during every month. Cycling holidays are hugely popular ways of exploring the region, and due to the flat nature of the country, cycling holidays are accessible to everyone.
The natural landscape of Flanders is perfect for trout fishing and large, open golf courses.
Brussels, Belgium’s capital, is a city of shopkeepers, and therefore, there are few places which can rival the shopping in Brussels, with 139 shopping districts. Especially good is the shopping on the Rue Neuve and Avenue Louise. The Grand Place, the heart of the city, has been named on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and is a great place to start exploring the city from your Brussels accommodation. The city is known for the jumble of fine Gothic, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and medieval architecture which makes up the city.
Flanders, the most diverse region of Belgium, incorporates the cities of Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges (Brugge), Leuven and Mechelen. Antwerp is a very important cultural city in Belgium, housing both the heart of the fashion industry and diamond stock exchange.
Bruges, known as the ‘Venice of the North’, is the best preserved medieval city inEuropeand is an essential destination for anyone with even a slight interest in architecture or history. The unbelievable art galleries of Bruges are by far the most impressive in Belgium.
Average temperatures in summer are a mild 22°C, perfect for getting out and about in the countryside and cities of the Flanders and Brussels regions. Winters can be cold, but the massive array of indoor entertainment means that the winter is a great time for a weekend away or holiday away from the crowds.
Cheap flights direct to Brussels Airport (BRU) have reaching your holiday apartment in Brussels extremely painless. Depending on the exact location of your holiday rental accommodation or apartment, Antwerp (ANR), Ghent (GNE) or Liege Airport (LGG) receive direct flights from the UK.