Experience the Flanders region of Belgium with a stay in a Holiday Home in Ghent
Ghent located in Northern Belgium is a stunning university and port town, which offers a unique Belgian experience. While the city is less well known compared to other popular destinations in Belgium, it is a truly lovely place to rent a holiday home and will offer you plenty to see and do during your stay. The city is also perfectly located for trips over to Bruges and Middelburg over the border.
Gravensteen Castle in the centre dates all the way back to the 12th century and while it isn’t as large and imposing as other medieval fortifications in Belgium, its petite battlements and pleasing aesthetic give it an altogether different kind of charm. The Castle of Gerald the Devil resembles a stately residence with the appearance of a castle but has an intriguing history dating back to the 13th century and has been used as a residence by nobles and was later used as a mental asylum. Perhaps the most typically Belgian example is the Town Hall, with it’s interesting variety of architecture from different periods.
Stunning architecture to see during your visit to Ghent
The Gothic St Bavo’s church is also an interesting visit, featuring a total of 4 different organs inside its impressive main hall. The Graslei is of the most attractive promenades in Ghent and perfectly embodies the idyllic waterside facades of Belgium. In this respect, Ghent is very similar to Antwerp. Another impressive route is down Belfortstraat, leading down to St James’ Church. The Great Butcher's Hall looks like a low church from the outside and is one of the more distinctive examples of architecture in the city. Located just opposite the “Vleeshuis” you can find boat trips around the city, which offer you a great opportunity to take in the lovely surroundings and learn about the history of the city.
The local cuisine here includes hearty stews named the Stoverij and Waterzooi, Trappist Beer known for its strong but complex flavour and of course chocolate. Vegetarians will not be left with less options either as the City actually features the highest number of vegetarian restaurants per capita in the world. Ghent is a lovely alternative to Brussels and other busier Belgian cities and offers a unique experience of Flemish culture.