Belgium

Winter Breaks in Bruges

Visit Bruges in winter when this magical UNESCO World Heritage Site is at its most beautiful. If you’re looking for an authentic Belgian holiday in a romantic and picturesque destination, Bruges is the perfect place to head for a city break and is sure to chase away those pesky winter blues.

Located in the Flanders region of Belgium, this city, bursting with old-world charm, is only a 90 minute journey from the Port of Calais when you get off the ferry.

When you visit Bruges in the winter you’ll have the perfect opportunity to live just like a local; the period from January to March is when the hordes of tourists finally wane. This allows you the space and freedom to explore the city’s idyllic cobbled streets and marvel at the stunning examples of medieval buildings without all the hustle and bustle of the usual crowds getting in your way.

Visit Bruges have put together some fab Virtual Tours for you to enjoy, so why not head over to their website and start exploring this beautiful city.  

DVR

Dover Port

CQF

Calais Port

Morning

01:25

04:30

06:15

09:20

Midday

11:05

Afternoon

14:10

15:55

Evening

19:00

20:40

23:45

Visit Bruges in winter with P&O Ferries

Winter Break in Bruges

Cultural activities in Bruges

Experience Bruges’ Golden Age, the 15th century. In the wake of the prestigious Burgundian dynasty, the great Flemish Primitives made a name for themselves. The world-renowned works of Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling and other prominent Flemish Masters can be admired at the Groeninge Museum, St Jan’s Hospital, St Saviour’s Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady.

Ancient art, valuable manuscripts and majestic paintings by the old masters are not the only works of art in Bruges. Why not visit the Absolute Art Gallery which boasts countless contemporary paintings, sculptures, and photographs from well-known Belgian and international artists.

Contemporary art fans will love the galleries and exhibitions dotted around the city, such as Marc Michot’s gallery with its extensive collection of Chinese ceramics and art, the one gallery of this genre in Belgium.

The Church of Our Lady, Bruges

Romantic trip to Bruges in Winter

Romantic Bruges in winter

The swans on the canals, winding medieval lanes and cobblestone squares all contribute to Bruges’ fabled ambience. Its romantic appeal has even caught the attention of UNESCO and National Geographic who have chosen Bruges to feature in their world heritage journey of romantic Europe. Discover the many scenic canals with the Groene Rei being one of the most beautiful locations to explore. Enjoy the scenery from the lake bridge or stroll through the park.

Show the locals some love during your Bruges trip too with a visit to renowned speciality shops and independent businesses. Visit ‘t Apostelientje, the place to go for contemporary and beautiful lace, or Peter Quijo, an exclusive jewellery store with unique design. Bruges is full of unique and fashionable shopping establishments with everything from bespoke local crafts to stunning statement pieces.

Visit Bruges in winter and live just like a local, as there are fewer tourists during the period from January to March.

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