Belgium’s cosy but vibrant hidden gem, Ghent, is often described as Europe’s best kept secret. Located at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers, this beautifully-cultured city is easy to explore either on foot or tram. Adored by its locals, Ghent offers visitors the Castle of the Counts, the superb St. Bavo’s Cathedral, the Gothic-style St Nicholas’ Church – Ghent’s oldest and most iconic landmarks – and the UNESCO-listed 91-metre-high Belfry, the tallest in Belgium.
The various fascinating galleries and museums to visit include the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of History of Sciences and the Ghent City Museum. Nestled within the fabulous canal side architecture are many welcoming bars and restaurants, and a swathe of amazing shops. Ghent is also just a 30-minute train ride from Brussels, perfect for those who wish to visit the Belgian capital.
Despite its popularity with visitors, tourists remain surprisingly thin on the ground, which, for many, puts it ahead of other Belgian destinations such as Bruges and Antwerp.