Bruges is proud to be on the list of the most beautiful cities in Belgium and even in Europe. No wonder the beautiful romantic city has been included on UNESCO’s world heritage list. It is not only a popular destination as a city trip for foreign tourists, but just as much as a holiday in your own country it is the place to be. 

Bruges is the perfect combination of an old medieval city with trendy hotspots and shops, a place to sunbathe on the beach and the green oasis of the Bruges Ommeland. In short: Bruges has it all! We have listed a few reasons why Bruges is the perfect destination for your summer holiday.

1. Enjoy a culture trip in the medieval city by the water

A walk through the old streets and alleys of the old town centre often feels like a holiday. Especially when there are canals running through the city on which the sun reflects. Bruges is the ideal city to soak up culture with its sights and delicious specialties of Bruges. You will also find many museums and fun workshops to do or enjoy a boat trip on the water on the canals of Bruges.

When the weather is nice, it is definitely recommended to visit the roof terrace of the Historium Bruges where you have the opportunity to order various types of beer and soft drinks with snacks such as a delicious cheese board. Relax in the sun out of the wind!

2. Beat the summer heat with yummy ice creams

The perfect way to cool off on a summer day is of course with a nice fresh ice cream! Do you prefer a classic scoop of vanilla ice cream or do you prefer to spoil yourself with a more elaborate version? Gelateria Da Vinci is the best ice cream parlour in Bruges with delicious ice cream and always has surprising flavours. So much choice that you really don’t know what to choose. Do certain flavours seem too risky to you? No problem, the extremely friendly staff is ready to help you choose with tasting spoons. If you’re in Bruges and don’t buy ice cream at Da Vinci, you’ve missed out on the best ice cream in Bruges!

3. It’s the perfect place to go on a satisfying shopping spree

Even on holiday you love to go shopping and see the local shops. Bruges has a lot to offer; from large chains to antique shops and lace shops but also Bruges delicacies. The Steenstraat and the Noordzandstraat are the two main shopping streets where the big chains are located. Between these shopping streets you will also find the Zilverpand with a mini shopping centre. There are a lot of other interesting shops in almost all of the side streets. The Hoogstraat and Langestraat are more worthwhile if you like antiques.

4. Love sunbathing? We have the widest beach of the Belgian coast

The widest beach of the Belgian coast, the beach of Zeebrugge, is the place to be for sunbathing and enjoying because you really have so much space there. You can relax in peace on the beach and in the dunes. From the beach you can see impressive ships arriving and departing at the port. This is also the perfect seaside resort to eat a fish dish. Zeebrugge is sometimes called the ‘capital of fish’!

5. Refresh your eyes upon the greenery at Bruges Ommeland

Once you get further out of the city centre you still have a lot of beautiful nature to explore, either on foot or by bike, where you can completely unwind. Move between the green oasis of the Bruges Ommeland with a pleasant breeze on your bike between the centuries-old landscapes and forests. Be sure to have a look at our 3 favourite cycling routes around Bruges.

6. Swim in the outdoor swimming pool of Green Park Hotel Bruges

Green Park Hotel Bruges is situated in the middle of nature surrounded by a forest only 5 km from the old centre. The ideal location for a summer holiday if you like to visit the city centre but also prefer some peace and quiet. Enjoy a drink in our cosy bar or relax on our sunny outdoor terrace. Do you need more refreshments than a nice drink in your hand? Take a dip in our outdoor pool and our sun loungers are waiting for you to relax.

Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a daytime writer for Green Park Hotel Brugge, a three-star hotel offering the perfect countryside accommodation experience while exploring the best-preserved medieval city of Belgium. Since this free-spirited damsel loves to go on adventures, she’s got a lot to say about travel, dining, cultural enjoyment, and lifestyle. 

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