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A Weekend in Bruges

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Belgium lies the quaint, medieval city of Bruges. Cobbles pave the Flemish streets boasting architecture, historical sites and a canal. Although a small city, it is bursting with things to do and places to explore.

For a bird’s eye view of the city, climb the 366 steps of the Belfry tower, the centrepiece of the Markt square. If heights aren’t for you, take a boat along the canal or perhaps a romantic trip on a horse and cart but the best way to explore the city is by foot. Take long walks in and around the city to seek out those hidden corners of Bruges. A must see is the Basilica of the Holy Blood, located just off the Markt. The Basilica is believed to hold the blood of Jesus Christ and is home to some truly stunning architecture.

Bruges offers everything you could want in the way of typical Belgian specialties: beer and chocolates. The selection of beers is never ending, varying from blonde to brown and even fruit based. To get a taste visit the Beer Museum, located centrally near the Markt square. Another option is to go right to the source at De Haalve Maan Brewery, where some local beers are produced, a short walk from the Markt.

For the chocoholics, Bruges has its very own Chocolate Museum offering the history of chocolate and more importantly, tasters. If the museum isn’t for you then not to worry, the streets are lined with chocolatiers offering handmade chocolates in their kilos. There is a wide selection of restaurants both in the centre and in the connecting streets. For a local dish, try the beer infused Flemish beef stew or, for something sweet, try an authentic Belgian waffle.

The closest airport to Bruges is Brussels, however, Eurolines run a daily service from London Victoria directly to Bruges railway station making travel easy, convenient and best of all, cheap!

With Easter just around the corner, Bruges is the perfect destination to get your chocolate fix whilst enjoying the picturesque surroundings.

About Sarah Foster-Edwards

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