City Breaks in Bruges

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe is the famous canal town of Bruges in Northern Belgium. Known as the ‘Venice of the North’, Bruges is a city which feels a deep connection to its waterways and canals and the entire historical city centre has been recognised by UNESCO on the world heritage list. With many miles of wonderful waterways and picturesque palatial architecture, Bruges is an ideal location for a romantic city break or long weekend away. The Belgian town of Bruges is famous for its stunning churches and cathedrals, and has lots of gothic landmarks to inspire and impress. With the local specialities being chocolate, beer and lace, there is something for every visitor to Bruges to enjoy and many local crafts to sample.

There are many last minute bargains available online, and whether you’re looking for a package holiday or a short break in Europe, these can often provide the best value for your family. From all inclusive luxury stays to low cost weekends away, searching online for the best offers will save your family hundreds. Some of the cheapest ways to have a break in Northern Europe are by Eurostar or ferry, although there are several budget airlines which offer cheap flights from locations across the UK. Among the best airports to fly from for low cost bargains are Stansted, East Midlands, Bristol and Newcastle.

Bruges is well located for a multi-stop break in France, Germany or Belgium, and has many attractions such as theme parks nearby. The town is very family friendly and there are lots of fun local activities and fun parks which will entertain children of all ages. The Belgian people are very friendly and welcoming, and local cafés and restaurants abound. The food is heavily influenced by their French and German neighbours, although there are a wide variety of eateries in Bruges and all tastes can be catered for. From Italian to Chinese, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the restaurants and cafés of Bruges.

The canals of Bruges provide visitors to see the city at a sedate pace on one of the many guided boat tours. With a number of routes and choices available, there are many different options for tourists to choose from, and these provide an opportunity to explore the city’s most famous landmarks at a sedate pace and with excellent guidance from friendly and knowledgeable local people. The city is also famous for its love of music and the new Concert Hall is often host to some of the world’s premier musicians, orchestras and conductors. There are many special events in Bruges during 2012 and 2013, and with the abundance of special offers, cheap flights and exciting cultural events there has never been a better time to visit the city.


If you’re arriving by ferry or want to see the coast, then nearby Zeebrugge is a destination that’s not to be missed. This port town has some of the best shopping and restaurants in Belgium, as well as a wide choice of activities to entertain children and teenagers. The whole family will find much to explore in the region around Bruges, and Zeebrugge and its surrounding villages and resorts allow visitors to enjoy beautiful beaches whilst still being a stone’s throw away from a UNESO recognised historical city. The sand is ideal for a wide choice of activities, and cycling, balloon rides and volleyball are particularly popular among visitors. There’s also a large nearby theme park, and this is ideal for families with older children and teenagers.