Discover Belgium as you never knew it before! A Belgium vacation is a whirlwind of culture and history, of pleasures for the eyes and the stomach, of unsuspected discoveries. This small country with multiple identities will never cease to amaze you with the architectural richness of its cities, its artistic past, its gastronomy and the warmth of its bistros. Nature lovers will find comfort on its secret beaches or in the nebulous charm of the Ardennes forest. Be inspired by our Travel Experts who will prepare a tour in Belgium according to your tastes and desires!
Belgium is above all a city with a captivating historical past, visible in its architecture. Don't miss the artistic triangle of the flat country: Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges. And for a getaway in nature, head east and follow the paths of the Ardennes.
The human-sized capital holds many surprises even for seasoned visitors. After the unmissable visit of old Brussels, its small cobbled streets and Grand Place, stroll along its countless murals and unusual statues (including the Manneken Pis). Let yourself drift towards the Quays Quarter or towards the more popular Saint-Gilles. For a fun afternoon, the Atomium is easily accessible by metro.
This merchant city, criss-crossed by canals, retains many of the attractions of its golden age. Its Grand Place is known for its narrow, richly decorated houses, typical of the Flemish Baroque. Art lovers will also appreciate the architecture of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, as well as a visit to the magnificent House of Rubens. For those who are thirsty and hungry, head north to the converted docks of Eilandje.
A true Flemish architectural gem, Bruges never ceases to amaze! Admire its cathedral, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, its belfry and its myriad of churches, villas and museums. For a more bucolic stroll, head south to the Minnewater, the 'Lake of Love'. Halfway between Bruges and Brussels, Ghent is less touristy but still offers a lot of charm thanks to its canal circuit and café terraces.
This small town in the south of the country is not getting the attention it deserves. Built at the confluence of 2 rivers, the capital of Wallonia has a charm all its own, especially when viewed from the heights of its citadel. A "namourette" walk on the river is another way of discovering some of the city's jewels, particularly its Art Deco architecture.
Stretching over the entire south-east, the Ardennes Forest is perhaps the most romantic part of Belgium. It is a region of hills and valleys, crossed by rivers, where hikers of all levels can take a breath of fresh air. At the end of a day's walk, savour the region's typical cuisine in one of its villages, or relax in the thermal baths in the famous town of Spa. Less
There is no cultural unity between French-speaking Wallonia and Dutch-speaking Flanders. Each of these regions retains its own identity and it is therefore difficult to speak of a single "Belgian culture". Perhaps their rallying point lies in gastronomy and the love of beer!
One cannot talk about Belgium without mentioning its chocolate, waffles and French fries, but also its cheeses and beers. However, you can also get off the beaten track and taste specialities such as tuna fishing or chicory au gratin.
Belgium may not be famous for its beaches, but its coast is not lacking in charm. Discover the 6 most beautiful beaches of Belgium along the North Sea by car or aboard the Tram du Littoral.
This former fishing port has become elegant and very popular among fans of water activities and sailing. The chic restaurants along its pedestrian promenade serve fish specialties that are among the best on the coast.
The beach of La Panne in Nieuwpoort is one of the longest in Belgium, but also one of the most beautiful. You can discover it by bicycle on the cycle tracks or, even more romantic, explore its white sand dunes on horseback.
Together with Ostend, the seaside town of Blankenberghe is one of the most popular in Belgium. Its aquarium, with more than 5000 marine species from all over the world, is a treat for the whole family! Its promenade lined with restaurants and cafés invites you to relax, as does the brasserie at the end of its pier in Art Deco style.
Accessible by train in only 30 minutes from Brussels, it is normal that the small town of Ostend is overflowing with people in the warm season. Its calm sea, along 9 km of sandy beach, is one of the best places to take a dip.
Halfway between the two busiest coastal towns, the small seaside resort of Le Coq-sur-Mer is an oasis of calm and relaxation. It is the ideal place for restful walks along its sand dunes or on wooded paths.
Knokke is the most northerly of the Belgian beaches and is the favourite place for the Belgian elite, who own secondary villas here. It is a very chic resort with luxury hotels, casinos and art galleries. At the very end of the beach, on the border with the Netherlands, The Zwin reserve is a precious natural lung. Less
There are 3 official languages in Belgium :
Dutch or Flemish, spoken in Flanders by nearly 60% of the total population;
French, spoken in Wallonia by about 40% of Belgians;
German, spoken only by communities on the border with Germany.
Note that the two main languages are official in Brussels, where some neighbourhoods are predominantly Flemish.
The climate in Belgium is certainly more welcoming in July-August, when the days are hottest. But it is also the peak of the tourist season, when accommodation fills up and prices rise. The best time to travel to Belgium is therefore the good compromise offered by the low season: April-May or September-October. Whatever the period of your trip to Belgium, it is always a good idea to bring a sweater and a raincoat!