Hot Spot: Bruges – Belgium

What could be more inspiring than a place that looks like a set for a fairy tale?

As soon as I set foot in Bruges, the Capital of West Flanders (Belgium), I immediately realise why this is a favourite destination for all kinds of travellers.

Bruges, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, has a unique unforgettable atmosphere. Generally referred as the “Venice of the north”, it is a stunning city, romantic and picturesque, with winding canals and beautifully ornate houses on cobbled streets.

Cycling in Bruges is the perfect way to discover the historical centre. If you want to explore the city from another angle, you can take a trip on the canals. From the open boats you will be able to enjoy the hidden corners of Bruges at water level.

Being in the city centre, it feels like stepping back in time: alleyways lined with lace shops and miniscule chapels, belfry towers built in warm bricks, medieval architecture, which has remained untouched for centuries.

If you love chocolate and beer, Bruges most definitely ticks the box for you. Around the Market Place or “Markt”, in the heart of Bruges, you can find wonderful shops which sell beautiful pastries, delicious chocolates, cream-covered waffles and crusty tarts (Bruges is the place where Praline was invented, the homes of which can still be visited today). The Markt is also the perfect place to sit and enjoy the famous Belgian beer – some bars offer 100 varieties, from light fruity beers to strong ales. After all this indulgence, if you are still hungry, you can also find vans serving fries, which are a real institution: purchase a bag of them and add mayonnaise for real Belgian authenticity.

It’s definitely a place where you can happily relax and treat yourself. Just wander around and explore. The city has a special feel, especially at night.

I would definitely recommend visiting it for a weekend away. I truly believe Bruges has everything you could hope for in a city break. It really is an ideal place full of charm where you can unwind, relax and indulge yourself.

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