Give in to the romance of city breaks to Bruges, a town washed by canals and scattered with Gothic spires.
Sharply-pitched brick townhouses and arched bridges line the slow-moving canals of Bruges. The Belgian city's medieval charms centre on the Markt, a square ablaze with brilliantly-coloured banners. You can see Bruges' centuries-old streets and canals fan outwards from atop the 13th-century Bell Tower.
Best of Bruges city breaks for...
- Romance: Relax over steamed mussels and frothy Belgian beer at canal-side cafés. Afterwards, get lost in a maze of cobbled streets, and indulge in hand-dipped chocolates.
- Families: Take the family on a narrated boat tour through Bruges' waterways. Even the most reluctant history student will enjoy sailing past picture-perfect medieval houses and under pretty stone bridges.
- Shopping: Bruges' residents keep alive the Belgian tradition of lace tatting, twisting thread into impossibly intricate patterns at the Kantcentrum Lace Centre. Once you've checked out the craftsmanship, you can buy pieces to take home.