While you might associate Belgium with delicious chocolate, waffles and EU regulation-making, this part of Europe is full of surprises. For those who want to enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, you’ll find destinations such as Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges offer a sleek and chic, cosmopolitan lifestyle. If you’d prefer something more traditional, many of the towns and villages still sport medieval buildings and Gothic architecture, peppering the skyline with spires and domes.
Package holidays to Belgium with Qatar Airways Holidays will introduce you to a beautiful country with the gorgeous open countryside, secluded caves, crumbling churches and an exciting food scene.
- Head to Bruges to see the impressive Belfry and Halle. Once a market hall, it now acts as a stunning example of medieval architecture. If you’ve got the stamina, you can climb the 366 steps to the belfry and take in the incredible panorama of the city.
- Mons Old Town is a pleasure to explore, offering visitors beautiful gardens, buildings that range from the 1600s to the 1900s, and a stunning church perched on a nearby hill.
- If you’d like to see some of Belgium’s spectacular countryside, pay a visit to the Semois Valley. Here, you’ll find rolling hills covered with flowers, scooped-out valleys, pine-scented forests and a river curling its way through the landscape.
- For a refined trip into Belgium’s past, make your way to Antwerp and visit the Grand Place. Once used as guild houses, these opulent buildings are now open to the public and house some superb paintings that offer an insight into the region’s history.
Belgium Holiday Packages
Whether you’re taking week-long holiday packages to Brussels with Qatar Airways Holidays or just passing through for a weekend break, you’ll find Brussels a warm and welcoming country. Culture fans will find enough art, music and museums to keep them satisfied. Shoppers will find an extraordinary range of shops, from sleek city malls and quirky boutique shops to bustling markets filled with antiques and jewellery. If you enjoy the Great Outdoors, you’ll find the countryside wonderfully picturesque, with plenty of walking and cycling trails to explore.
The country is world famous for its cuisine, and culinary packages to Brussels will see you sampling everything from traditional waffles and mussels to cordon bleu dishes served in stunning restaurants. Belgium knows how to look after its guests, and you’ll find an excellent range of first-class hotels in which to unwind after a hard day’s sightseeing.
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Between July and August, the weather is at its best, offering hours of sunshine and temperatures that peak at around 30°C. You’ll find all the attractions open throughout spring and winter tends to be the season in which most of the carnivals take place.
- Visit the Hallerbos Forest between April and May, and you’ll be treated to the sight of hundreds of thousands of bluebells coming into bloom. Coating the forest floor in a carpet of violet and filling the air with a delicate perfume, it’s a tranquil way to spend a day.
- For something really different, take a trip to the town of Binche to watch the Mari Gras celebrations. You’ll see figures, dressed as Pierrot-style clowns wandering through the town and hurling oranges at the crowds.
- Ghent holds its own jazz festival, for four days in July. Almost every venue in the town is transformed into a performance space. Previous headliners have included the likes of Tony Bennet and Gregory Porter.
- If you’re intent on sampling Belgian food in all its forms, head to Brussels in May, for the annual Food Truck Festival. Hundreds of food trucks line the streets, each serving their own specialities.