Luxury holidays in Belgium

Famous for its chocolate, mediaeval architecture and potent beers, Belgium packs quite a cultural and culinary punch for a country with a relatively compact frame. Brussels, a capital not only for Belgians but the 500 million people that live in Europe, has an appropriately worldly character: spend days touring grand government buildings, Japanese gardens and galleries filled with the work of European masters. Closer to the coast, the port city of Ghent is full of gingerbread-like houses and gothic churches – but it’s also fast becoming a hotspot for innovative restaurants and cool cocktail bars.

Destinations in Belgium

  • Antwerp has always had an eye for beauty and life’s finer things; how else would the thriving port and city have become the glittering centre of the world’s diamond industry and be at the cutting edge of avant-garde minimalist fashion?
  • Bruges’ perfectly preserved mediaeval beauty may not be the best kept secret in travel, but you’d have to be made of cynical stuff not to fall for its step-gabled facades, criss-crossing canals and cobblestoned streets.
  • Northwest Belgium’s port city Ghent has an impressive mediaeval core that’s dotted with towers and spires, thanks to a handful of imposing cathedrals and the 12th-century Gravensteen castle.
  • A launchpad for the traditional hunting grounds of the Belgian Ardennes, Rochefort in Wallonia has evolved its game to attract those in search of more peaceful pastoral pursuits, too.

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