Belgium is the western European country which boasts four incredible, diverse and beautifully unique cities perfect for your sports tour.
Deciding which city is best suited for your tour can be very difficult. Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels all triumph in different ways. Whether you want to go for the most popular, quiet or medieval - there is a city suited to every personality. These four are all hot city breaks.
Bruges is Belgium’s fairy tale medieval town.
The pretty cobbled streets, picturesque canals, impressive towers and classic squares make it the most beautiful city to visit. The icy dusting on the walls in the winter and fresh feel in the summer make it stunning all year around, regardless of the season. Roaming around the streets you will find yourself lost in the fascinating medieval feel of the city. It may not be the cheapest city in Europe to visit, but its beauty of the city is priceless.
To tempt you further, a bonus of choosing Bruges for your city break is that all the city’s main attractions are within walking distance of one another.
Bruges may not be known for the most mental nights out, however, the Old Town boasts traditional bars and a limitless amount of beer. A social night in the historic city is always guaranteed. We’ve selected 5 of the best bars to check out:
Brugs Beertje: This beer-house has a friendly vibe and is located in the centre of the city. Authentically decorated, packed with old articles and 5 beers on draught. It is more of an experience than a pub alone.
Poatersgat: The cool and quirky cellar bar. Enter the small door and descend the winding staircase to discover one of the most famous bars in the city. This bar offers the opportunity to taste over 120 beers.
The Gulliver Tree : This is a bar with a delicious twist. They do not only supply a variety beers and drinks, but are also renowned for their incredible deserts. It offers the most indulgent of nights.
Ma Rica Rokk : A night out in Bruges would be incomplete without taking your tipsy self to Ma Rica Roll. It is known that this is the club where everyone is bound to end up.
A night out in Bruges is a certain beer-fest.
Experience a different side to Belgium.
Ghent has an intimate yet happening vibe. If crowds of tourists drive you mad then this is the city for you. It can only be described as Belgium’s secret gem. The city has castles, cathedrals and historical buildings that look picture perfect. It has been labelled the city to visit before others also discover Ghent’s charm.
The ideal way to get around Ghent is on two feet. On your journey to various landmarks and activities you will have the perfect excuse to absorb the city’s medieval vibes.
Sint-Niklaaskerk: St. Nicholas medieval church is a precious landmark to Ghent. The construction of the church started in the 13th century. It is built in the local Scheldt Gothic style. The church’s organ was made by the famous Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.
Sint-Baafskathedraal: St Bavo’s is the tallest structure in the city, at an impressive 89 metres tall. It is a beautiful landmark to the city, and an absolute must-see. Continually being rebuilt since the 16th century, the church has gone through many phases – including the gothic style.
Do not be fooled by the medieval exterior and fairy tale vibe. Ghent is buzzing after the sun goes down; the city comes to life. The city is vibrant and energetic Monday through to Saturday night.
To begin the night, you will start in the heart of the city centre, the Korenmarkt, where the bars are plenty. To continue your bevvy journey, try these 5 best bars and clubs:
RestoBAR Charlie’s: One of the most popular bars in the city. It is the place to eat, drink and be very (very) merry.
De Maecht van Gent: The trendiest music café in the whole of the city. This may be the start of your big night out in Belgium. Alternatively, on Friday and Saturday nights you may end up spending your whole night in this addictive destination.
St Michael's Bridge : Found within Ghent’s maze of small streets. This club is open Wednesday to Saturday, meaning a mid-week night out is definitely on the cards. The club plays all the loved styles of music depending on the night, such as hip hop, house, electro and funk. Whatever your age, you will not feel out of place in this electric destination.
Charlatan : A club which is also open from Wednesday to Saturday, It plays an array of music and doesn’t stop until the early hours of the morning.
Decadance : For the people who love to party hard, and rarely will be found leaving early. Decadance attracts the real party-goers, and a different type of person the other clubs. It's an after party club. Remember, arriving at 2. a. m. is the norm for this intriguing club.
Ghent is Belgium’s secret that you need to get in on.
Belgium’s biggest port, second biggest city and literal diamond.
During the 16th century, Antwerp was known as one of the most important financial centres in the world after being taken over by Amsterdam after the siege of Antwerp by the Spanish in 1585. The diamond capital of the world has a rich history makes for impressive buildings.
Antwerp is one of the more trendy cities of Belgium. Offering a diverse mix of history and modern influence, making it the most interesting city break.
Antwerp has a small but lively nightlife. The city has thousands of students, who keep the vibe exciting. Head to the docklands for the clubs, or find cool bars all across the city. Here are the 5 best bars and clubs to hit in the diamond capital:
Ampere nightclub: Ampere is the place for underground nights out and sweaty concerts. It is an environmentally friendly nightclub, and one of a kind. Have a great night out AND save the environment at the same time.
Oud ArsenaalA bar which remains unchanged from the day it was built, meaning you are transported back to the late 20’s. This art deco pub is a must experience, making a change from the usual surroundings of your local pub.
Kulminator: The bar where you can taste 800 different brews. Enough said.
Café d’Anvers: Once a church, a night out in this club has a unique setting in and certainly does not hold services anymore. Instead, you will find the best DJ’s and electrifying lights. It is the place to hit if you want a mad night out.
Ikon Antwerp: Ikon is one of the most well-known clubs in the area. Found north of the city, the club is located in a rejuvenated dockyard. There are four different rooms, dazzling lights and epic DJ’s which carry on until the early hours of the morning.
It wouldn’t be a list of must-visit cities without including the county’s popular capital.
Belgium’s intriguing capital is a city of contrasts. There is an undeniable quirkiness to the city. You may turn one corner and discover a hip bar, turn another and discover a medieval style stature, yet look another and find glass-lined contemporary buildings. It is renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture and headquarters for the EU.
Brussels may not be famous for its nightlife, but, with some direction you will still find vibrant places to ensure a good night out in the city. The best nightclubs are placed all over the city, so it’s best to choose one or two places to spend your night! Here are the best bars and clubs in the capital:O'Reilly's: Every tour needs a good Irish bar to serve as their headquarters. This fairly recent Brussels institution is loated just a few minutes away from La Grand Place.