Flanders is the Dutch speaking region of Belgium as they say, or the north part of the country, a beautiful part of the country actually, one that hosts some great cities such as Brussels, Antwerp, Lier, Mechelen, Ghent, Leuven, Bruges, Ypres and others. What is there to see and do on a holiday in Flanders? There is rather a shorter answer to asking what is not there to see and do in this region. So... let's see...
You can start a holiday in Flanders wherever you want: in Burssels, said to be the heart of Europe, or by the sea, enjoying the sun and the sand. In Brussels over 80 museums stand at your choice, the vibrant nightlife is quite well known and the King's Palace is worth a visit. In the Grand Place is where you will find among others the famous Manneken Pis statue, and while at it, don't miss out on the chocolate at Sablon. And then there is Antwerp... from a holiday home in Flanders you can get to explore this beautiful gem... of gems; or rather of diamonds. The central train station, the MAS museum, fashion and nightlife, the shopping, the famous Antwerp Six and the diamond trade... you are now in Antwerp. Bruges, or “the Venice of the North” and its amazingly preserved city center is a great stop as well, see the bell tower here and check out the chocolate shops. Cobblestone paths, bridges and swans on the water, old churches and horse drawn carriages... it's a place of magic.
Continue your holiday in Flanders with visiting Ghent, a city that offers museums and an impressive opera house, churches and canals among other attractions. Find a seat on the Graslei, this amazing canal spot in the city center reveals a view you will not soon forget. Check out the Gravensteen Castle here, enjoy the great nightlife in this university city, from a holiday home in Flanders. A great option is also the city of Leuven, the brewing capital of the country and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Another option would of course be the beach resorts of Flanders, with a most unique atmosphere and numerous opportunities for water sports. You also have all sorts of events and concerts you can attend, not to mention that the cities of Flanders host theaters and galleries, thus exhibits and shows that portray the local culture in a most beautiful way.
The nature of Flanders is made of all sorts of beautiful landscapes and also various land forms. You have the Flemish Coast with 13 resorts offering sandy beaches and great facilities for vacationing with friends, family, children. You have also a great countryside with picturesque villages that is a real paradise for cyclists as well. From a holiday park in Flanders there is much you can explore and experience. The Flanders Fields commemorate the battles of WW I, thus combining a natural setting with a great history of the place. This part of the country is mostly flat, yet it offers all kinds of interesting venues in so many facets, that a holiday in Flanders cannot but be a real treat.
As you can probably imagine, there are many wellness and beauty centers throughout Flanders. The point of a wellness weekend in Flanders is to manage to completely relax and “disconnect” from all daily activities, and you will surely have no problems in doing just that here. Saunas, massages, beauty treatments, pools and whirlpools, all sorts of baths... pampering comes in all shapes and sizes in this region of Belgium. Places of like specific interest should be the Thermen R in Roeselare with amazing saunas among others, or the Thermen Katara in Belsele, the Hezemeer in Antwerp and others.
In matters of activities and sports in Flanders, you can also opt for various ones, from water sports on the Flemish Coast to cycling in the countryside. Try the Quasimundo Bike Tours in Bruges, or the Canal Boat Tours here. Visit the Antwerp Zoo from a holiday home in Flanders, the Dierenpark Planckendael in Mechelen, take a boat ride in Ghent. The Coast Tram will easily take you from one resort to another, thus you can actually get to see several of them in the same day. Hiking is also an option on a holiday in Flanders, the Bruges Art Route is quite amazing, you can also check out the St. Anna Tunnel in Antwerp. The nightlife in cities such as Brussels or again Antwerp, in Bruges and Ghent and so on will also leave its mark on your holiday fun.
When on a family holiday in Flanders there are plenty of things you can see and do that will keep all of you happy and enchanted at all times. Sightseeing in the historic center of Bruges, or the Flanders Battlefield Tour in Ypres, the Central Station in Antwerp and the Ghent City Center, you have plenty to choose from. For the little ones, besides the famous Antwerp Zoo, you can also check out the Plopsaland De Panne amusement park, or the Technopolis in Mechelen, indoor karting in Antwerp and so on. Take a boat ride or a hot air balloon tour, go cycling together as a family or relax in the sun at the beach in Blankenberge, De Panne or any of the 13 resorts on the Flemish Coast.
The Belgian cuisine is well-known and delicious, the Flemish cuisine can be defined by good food, good cooks and good ingredients. Waffles, fries, beer, chocolate are just the beginning of heavenly tastes here. A very popular dish is the Carbonade flamande here, a beef stew made with beer. The famous Moules frites are a must try as well, and the Konijn in geuze, namely rabbit cooked in beer as well, is also quite popular in the Brussels area especially.
Spending a holiday with a pet in Flanders is a lot of fun, you can hit the beach or you can walk around or cycle in the countryside; you can go sightseeing in great cities and rent a pet friendly holiday home in Flanders where you can just relax. All in all, this part of the country is a rather dog friendly one, and enjoying it together with your furry Fido will make it that much more special. See for yourself!Points of interest, a “must see” list in Flanders:
Spending a holiday in Flanders will surely have you wishing to go back there again and again. The beautiful culture and art here, the fun nightlife, the beach, the great cuisine and the numerous attractions in the cities offer both young and old an unforgettable holiday experience.
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