BELGIUM TRAVEL GUIDE
Famous for giving the world some of the best beer, mussels and chocolate in existence, what more reason do you need to visit Belgium - the unmissable crossroads of Western Europe.
While the country is small in comparison to its neighbours, there are still over 60 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore, medieval towns to marvel at and over a thousand original Belgium beers to taste.
Whether you want to absorb the culture in the country's historic cities of Bruges and Brussels or head south for adventure among in the Wallonia region, Belgium caters to all tastes.
If you live in northern England, our Hull to Zeebrugge route means you can drive your car straight onto a P&O ferry and wake up on the stunning Belgian coast. If you live in the south, your journey to visit Belgium can be as easy as a 90 minute crossing on our Dover to Calais route.
MEDIEVAL TOWN TOUR
After arriving in Zeebrugge, the fairy-tale town of Bruges is a 30 minute drive away, making it an ideal starting point to your Belgian adventure.
This canal-covered city is full of looming towers and cobbled lanes perfect for a romantic stroll. The historic centre is listed as a UNESCO site and celebrated for its stunning Gothic architecture, not to mention an abundance of artisan chocolate shops and unique museums.
Tempted? Why not check out Visit Bruges virtual tours to see what charm this beautiful city has to offer?
For more old-world charm, both Ghent and Antwerp offer a number of medieval cathedrals, Art Nouveau buildings and a fashionable shopping scene that would rival many of the largest European cities.
CAPITAL CITY BREAK
Brussels is steadily becoming one of the must-visit destinations on the continent. Modern and slick, yet steeped in history, it boasts a buzzing food scene and an exquisite collection of artwork by masters and contemporary artists alike.
Embark on our UK to Belgium ferry and explore the Grand Palace and the Gothic town hall before pleasing the kids with a visit to Mini Europe - a miniature park with scale reproductions of the continent's best known landmarks.
BELGIAN BREWERY PILGRIMAGE
Belgium produces some of finest and most varied beers in the world, as well as being the home of six of the ten Trappist breweries worldwide.
A self-drive tour of these hallowed breweries, gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace, or join one of the many beer tours available. To the west of the country you’ll find the Achel Brewery, the only Trappist brewery in Belgium that allows the public access, as well as a number of others, including St Bernardus and the secretive Westvleteren.
Don't forget to stock up on your favourites to drink when you’re back home!
SOUTHERN BELGIAN ADVENTURE
Unlike the northern landscape of Flanders, the southern Wallonia region gives way to vast sprawling areas of woodland, making it the ideal place to come for longer road trips.Culture seekers should head to the capital of Wallonia, Namur, where you can explore its enormous fortress and citadel.
If you're looking to enjoy an active break, travel to Dinant - considered to be the gateway to the Ardennes, it offers up endless hiking trails and canoeing opportunities.
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