Belgium – Only a short drive from the major ports, Belgium makes an especially convenient place for a self-drive break. Famous for lace-making and the highly palatable beer and chocolate, Belgium promises a holiday full of culture and variety.
Busy and cosmopolitan Antwerp offers a marvellous blend of the old and the new. The streets and market places abound with medieval churches and handsome guild houses lead onto a shoppers paradise known as The Golden Mile.
Tucked away in the green forest of the Ardennes is the charming town of Bouillon, with its imposing castle. Visit the Ardennes and discover fortified towns perched on rocky cliff-tops and the most striking scenery.
Brussels has one foot planted in its past. The Grand Place, combining Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque in one splendid square, is a permanent reminder in a bustling city housing the European Community.
On the banks of the River Meuse is the enchanting town of Dinant, ride the cable car up to the Citadel where you can admire superb views of this spectacular region.
A quiet picturesque area, Genval also benefits from its close proximity to Brussels, just a 20 minute drive away. The Province of Namur has an exceptional heritage with castles, citadels and abbeys at every turn.
Larger than Bruges, smaller than Brussels and close to both, Ghent is a unique combination of the two. Wander along the narrow cobbled streets, take a cruise by canal boat or relax in the many cafes which surround the Market Squares.
Namur is a delightful, ancient town of fortifications with a dramatic cliff top Citadel.
Ostend offers all the attractions you would associate with a seaside resort. Promenade restaurants, the Kursaal Casino and the local colour of the Fisherman’s Market mean Ostend is appealing all year round.
One of the most beautiful regions of the Ardennes is sea. Walk through the woodlands, try your luck at the Casino, or pamper yourself at the famous Les Thermes De Spa Health Resort, (advance booking is advisable).
Within a few minutes drive of Spa is the small, yet charming town of Stavelot, one of the oldest in Belgium, founded in 648. Visit the ancient abbey of Stavelot, the world circuit racing museum or simply enjoy the enchanting atmosphere and wonderful food, which this area is famous for.
Situated just 20 minutes away from Bruges, pretty Torhout is well worth a visit.
The medieval cloth town of Ypres has been painstakingly reconstructed after being almost destroyed during World War I. It is an ideal base for visiting the surrounding battlefields.