So what else is on the menu during Belgium holidays? Read on to find out…
Waffles, mussels, white sausages, hearty stews… Belgium’s wide range of tasty specialities makes it a paradise for foodie visitors. The country also boasts some of the most beguiling city destinations in Europe. So when your stomach is full and you are ready to explore, you can work off the calories by pulling on those walking shoes and weaving your way around the cobbled streets of cities such as Brussels and Bruges.
Book a Belgium holiday in the capital, Brussels, and become better acquainted with the unofficial capital of the European Union. Politicians aside, Brussels pulsates with many more pleasing sounds than the big issues of the day. The city has a lively evening scene; from jazz clubs and terrace cafes to nightclubs that go on into the early hours. Whatever your idea of the perfect evening, you can enjoy it in the shadow of some of Belgium’s most resplendent architecture.
Monumental buildings and iconic landmarks also pepper the centre of Bruges, where the Belfry stands tall above the ancient city skyline. Book short breaks to Belgium and arrive in Bruges to see towers and turrets, savour fine chocolate and cloudy beers, and be romanced at the ‘Lake of Love’ – or welcome the festive season in style at the amazing Christmas markets.
Laid-back sightseeing is also on offer in Antwerp, which is famed for its diamond trade and cool café culture. Dazzling historic architecture, melt-in-the-mouth chocolate and crisp beers, plus a lively arts and cultural scene, make Antwerp an ideal short-break destination.
Ghent is another popular choice with those looking for cheap Belgium breaks at any time of the year. Quieter than some of the bigger cities, it too offers welcoming bars, shops galore and the type of buildings that put Belgium on the architectural map.
To find good-value Belgium holidays all you have to do is use the TravelSupermarket search tool. We’ll do the hard work by finding you a selection of excellent holiday options – all you have to do is choose! You could also consider booking car hire in Belgium. It is a small country, so travelling from one marvellous destination to the next is quick and easy.
Short breaks in Belgium are popular throughout the year. Find out why…
Given its close proximity to the UK, it should come as no surprise that Belgium has a similar climate. That means you can expect cold winters, mild spring and autumn seasons, and some scorchers in summer. It also means you should be ready for a rain shower at any time.
The summer months see crowds of visitors arriving in the cities, with those looking for a quieter break booking trips in spring and autumn. Winter is also a fantastic time to visit Belgium, especially if you are looking for a festive atmosphere. Wrap up warm and visit the Christmas markets in the main cities to hear carol singers, buy stocking fillers, and have your extremities warmed by a steaming glass of mulled wine.
Will your holiday in Belgium coincide with one of these top annual events?
Binche Carnival; February/March: If you are in Belgium early on in the year, consider a trip to Binche (an hour’s drive south of Brussels), where the annual carnival is something to behold. This medieval walled town takes its traditional celebrations so seriously, there is a museum dedicated to the event!
Antwerp Summer Festival; June-August: Music, dance, song, storytelling, theatre and much more come to a range of venues during the summer months in Antwerp. The festivities include Summerfestival, a huge dance event held in July.
Brussels Beer Weekend; September: Discover Belgian beer at the capital’s annual beer fest in Grote Markt. If you can’t attend this one, look out for one of the other celebrations in the big cities.
Christmas markets; various destinations in November-December: The fairy-tale architecture of Belgium’s cities could not provide a more perfect backdrop for the twinkling lights, huts and stalls of the Christmas markets. Book early for weekend breaks during December.
Bruges Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival; November-January: In Bruges, the Christmas markets are accompanied by the chilly spectacle of intricate ice sculptures, with each year’s event taking on a new theme.
You can take your pick from a variety of attractions across Belgium. Here are just a few to get you started…
Grown-up families: Belgian fashion designers came to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s and the MoMu (Mode Museum) in Antwerp takes a closer look at trendy threads throughout the last few decades.
Romance: See beautiful Bruges with a clip-clopping soundtrack as you and your loved one enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride to the ‘Lake of Love’.
Active types: Pedalling is a great way to discover Belgium’s bicycle-friendly cities, while burning off all those frites and chocolate. Antwerp in particular has a great network of bicycle lanes and rental offices.
Free and cheap: It’s nothing more than a little bronze boy answering the call of nature, but Manneken Pis in Brussels is a landmark monument loved (and photographed) by millions. It costs nothing to visit.
Shopping: Save some space in your luggage for the return journey, as Belgium’s boutiques will tempt you with everything from delicious chocolate and intricate lacework to outfits from the nation’s top designers.