Explore the port city of Antwerp
Book a holiday in the small but cultural European city of Antwerp. Here you will find remarkably attractive holiday homes and villas. Combining the debauchery of a weekend break in Amsterdam, the culture of a city break in Paris, this small cultural capital boasts an inviting café culture and a bar scene that encompasses small-town friendliness and the with the impressive architecture of Northern Europe. The Grote Market square in the centre displays idyllic Dutch architecture, the kind that is featured on postcards and the Carolus Borromoeus church around the corner is one of the most grand in Europe, ornately decorated with fine art and lavish gold engravings.
Antwerp was one of the first truly international cities in the early modern period and acted as a middleman for the trade of wool from England, sugar from Spain and Portugal and spices from the orient. It also served as a home for bankers who lent out of Antwerp. As such the city has a deeply ingrained attitude of acceptance and appreciation of different cultures. A port city on the northern border near the Netherlands, the city of Antwerp is famous for its diamond trade and jewellery shoppers will find one of Europe’s best selection of diamonds to admire. The city is also an up and coming center of designer fashion, bringing in international recognition for newer brands.
If you're seeking a taste of the city’s notable nightlife scene, look for something close to Paeters Vaetje, located at Blauwmoezelstraat 1. This superb locale is right next to the Cathedral, and boasts over a hundred different beers (remember, you’re in Belgium!). After you’ve primed yourself at a few of the bars, the nightclubs typically open up between 1am and 3am and the best place to start out is the popular De Keyserlei street before making your way back home in the early hours! Antwerp airport makes travelling straightforward, so you can arrive easily in this fantastic city. Why not visit Brussels the capital of Belgium as well?