Whether you like your Christmas markets big or small, traditional or original, you’ll find your favourite festive stop in Belgium. Stroll through magnificent streets illuminated by fairy lights and the warming glow of market stalls as the scent of freshly-sugared treats fills the air. Attracting a huge number of vendors from all over the world, these markets combine local gifts with international goods, making them the perfect place to stock up for your Christmas festivities. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets in Belgium.
Often, the best thing about Christmas is the dramatic build up to that one big day. Throughout November and December, it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the little things that make the festive season extra special, from sipping cinnamon-spiked lattes to adorning snow-flocked trees with kaleidoscopic baubles. Before you know it, it’s December 25th and the holidays have whizzed by in a blur, leaving you with a serious case of post-Christmas blues.
We’ve got the perfect cure: a restorative getaway to one of Belgium’s most winsome cities.
A picture-perfect destination with astounding architecture, Bruges is a cultural melting pot brimming with old-world charm. Located to the northwest of Belgium, this beautiful city boasts more than its fair share of flawlessly preserved medieval buildings and iconic Gothic landmarks – and all just a 25-minute drive from the port of Zeebrugge.
Whether it’s taking a stroll along the cobbled streets, enjoying world-famous waffles in one of its squares or discovering its stunning parks, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Bruges. Got 48 hours to spare? Read our guide to a weekend in beautiful Bruges.
A boat tour can offer a new perspective of some of Europe’s most beautiful locations and landmarks, while offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. From a gentle canal cruise through the Dutch capital of Amsterdam to moonlight meanderings through Paris, the boat ride of your dreams is within grasp. If you like the sound of a sightseeing trip along the water with your loved ones, we have put together a few of the best European river tours.
Horse-drawn carriages trundle along Bruges’ cobbled streets while the majestic belfry tower, a proud symbol of the city, rises high into the sky from the picturesque market square. This old-world charm is a key appeal for tourists, and today, many of the city’s more modern features pay tribute to the city’s fine heritage. To get the most out of a weekend in Bruges, be sure to visit the city’s impressive variety of exhibitions for an insight into some of Belgium’s greatest cultural exports. From chocolate production to some of the finest Flemish artwork in the world, check out our favourite museums in Bruges and inspire your escape to this stunning city.
Exploring some of Europe’s most scenic driving routes couldn’t be easier when starting your journey with P&O Ferries. From Calais, to Larne and Zeebrugge, join a path to discovery and be wowed by vibrant cities, areas of natural beauty and fascinating historical sites. To help inspire your next trip, we have put together some of the best ways to make the most of your car this summer.
Whether you’re looking to beat those January blues or keep to your 2016 travel resolutions, a European city break is the perfect way to start the new year in style. From the vibrant colours of National Tulip Day in Amsterdam to the cobbled pavements of Bruges and the cosy pubs of Dublin; if you’re wondering where to go in January, this is the perfect inspiration for your early 2016 trip.
If you can’t get enough of Gothic naves or you’re on the constant look out for stunning stained glass windows, Belgium may be the perfect place for you. With some of the most striking cathedrals in the world, this European country is full of hugely important and historic places of worship. Each inspirational building is the result of a lifetime of hard work, and every masterpiece inside has its own extraordinary story. Inspire your own adventure in this country by checking out our guide to five of the most beautiful churches in Belgium.
Twinkling lights, the crunch of snow underfoot and the comfort of a steaming glass of mulled wine; if there’s one thing keeping many of us going during the winter it’s the welcome arrival of Christmas markets. The rich scent of roasted meats mingle with the homely smell of gingerbread, making these yuletide gatherings impossible to resist, even when the temperature drops down.
With the festive period almost upon us, we decided to share with you some of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe.
UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites showcases both mankind’s greatest architectural achievements and the planet’s most naturally stunning landscapes, making them some of the most awe-inspiring places to visit on earth. While you may never be able to see all of the sites scattered around the globe (there are over a thousand at time of writing), there are many located only a short distance from the UK. To help you seek out these cultural hotspots, we’ve created a guide to five of the most beautiful UNESCO sites you can reach via ferry.