Belgium is a fascinating country, with two languages, French and Flemish, and two atmospheres to experience. Take in the cobbled lanes of diamond-capital Antwerp and chocoholic Brussels, pausing for a Lambic beer in medieval squares. Be invigorated on the sandy beaches and dunes of the Flemish coast, and the leafy waterways that criss-cross the country.
Close to Brussels, Leuven is packed with breweries, bars and restaurants. Admire Antwerp with its striking Renaissance Old Town, best viewed from the River Scheldt. Savour fresh seafood then have a flutter at the casino in Ostend. Explore the canals in Bruges, and the medieval architecture of Ghent. Or travel south to artistic Lige, the fortified centre of Namur and the gothic Mons.
Explore the French-speaking Wallonia region located in the south of Belgium. Flemish (similar to Dutch) is the main language in Flanders, which occupies the northern part of the country. Most residents of Brussels speak very good English. The popular ports Ostend and Zeebrugge are easily reached. Inland, you'll discover picturesque Belgian cities and towns with well-preserved medieval architecture.
Set your own pace and walk or cycle along hundreds of miles of footpaths and disused railway lines in the Ardennes. Enjoy boating along Belgium's canals and waterways. Wander the windswept sand dunes and beaches lining the Flemish coast. Visit the Zwin, nature reserve near Knokke-Heist and enjoy a gourmet meal at a rural restaurant.
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