Ghent is a romantic medieval city filled with cafés, bars and restaurants - a foodies heaven!
Often overshadowed by traditional tourist favourites Brussels and Bruges, graceful Ghent is an ideal short breaks destination in its own right. It's a vibrant city full of charm and history, with eclectic art galleries, scenic waterways ripe for cruising, inviting cafes spilling on to medieval streets and cobbled squares. With its bustling markets preferring the city's unique flavours, Ghent has plenty to offer if you are hungry for food or taking in a shopping trip. From the craft market on Groentenmarkt, to the flea market for antiques and curiosities in Bij Sint-Jacobs, you can grab some great bargains. It is also a University town so has a young vibrant atmosphere with a selection of good restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Getting around Ghent is really easy thanks to the reliable tram network. Nevertheless, it's also great to discover the city by foot. A recommended way to cover all the main sights is to follow the self-guided walking tour or you can take a more leisurely boat trip along the river Leie.
Ghent has plenty to offer for everyone. Standing proud on the edge of the atmospheric Patershol district is the Castle of Counts - otherwise known amongst the Dutch speaking locals as Gravensteen, where older children can explore the dark corners of the medieval era with grisly horrors of the torture chamber and guillotine. For amazing views across the roof tops of the city, ascend the castle steps and climb to its top.