Considering just how close the country of Belgium is to the UK, it really is astonishing that so few of us ever consider the possibility of travelling to this historic and quaint kingdom. Especially when you bear in mind that there is a city within this small nation that is only a stone’s throw away from our English Channel car ferry ports: namely the ‘Venice of the North’ – which is its affectionate moniker – Bruges.
If you have been thinking along the lines of purchasing a couple of Coach tickets to a destination that is a little different lately, you could do far worse than directing your attention to Bruges. This historic city sits right in the middle of the region of Flanders and can be reached via a thoroughly pleasant coach trip from the UK in just a few hours. Whether you travel via Calais, in France, or the Belgian seaport of Ostend, it really doesn’t matter, as either way, it will always be a relatively short coach trip to reach this enchanting city.
As soon as your coach drives into the centuries-old town centre, your mouth will gape at the spectacular architecture that will greet you. Bruges really does look as though it has been transported straight from the pages of a childhood fairy tale and the prominent Belfour belltower is always one of the first attractions you will see.
The city has often been compared with Amsterdam, and as we said above, it is regularly referred to as the Venice of the North due to the sheer number of canals that snake and twist their way through the town. You should definitely set time aside to enjoy a canal trip in Bruges. These tours are usually provided in many different languages, including English, and you will learn plenty about the fascinating history of this city along the way.
While in Bruges, you should also aim to visit the Chocolate Museum, where you will learn about the history of this immensely popular confection and understand exactly why the Belgians boast the reputation of producing some of the best chocolate in the entire world. Make sure you leave a few euros free to purchase some of the chocolate for the journey home.
So, when you next think about booking some cheap coach tickets, make sure you consider the gorgeously quaint city of Bruges.
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