Short Breaks to Belgium

March 22, 2022

Now travel restrictions have eased in the UK, it’s the perfect time for a short break to Europe, and with Easter coming up, what better place to visit than the home of chocolates – Belgium! With a choice of great cities to visit across the country, you’ll not be short of things to do and see.

Take a look at some of the best things to do on a short break to Belgium in spring.

See Brussels in bloom!

On the western edge of Brussels sits Grand Bigard Castle and each spring an annual flower exhibition takes over its grounds. Floralia sees over one million bulbs flowering and almost 400 varieties of tulips over 14 acres of the surrounding park.

Grand Bigard Castle, Belgium

Taste Belgian chocolates

A visit to Belgium isn’t complete without sampling their famous chocolates. In cities across the country chocolate shops will try to outdo each other on the run up to Easter with their grand displays. Why not visit each chocolate shop in the city to try and find the best Belgian chocolate? Each one will be as good as the last! Not a chocolate fan? Our list of the best sweet treats in Belgium will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Chocolate in Belgium

Easter Parades

On Easter Monday the small Belgian town of Herve, fills with spectators to see one of the most colourful and spectacular processions in Belgium. Since 1876, each Easter Monday, dozens of colourful floats are pulled along the streets by local horses. Known as the Calvacade of Herve, this spectacle also has fireworks, live music, dancing and even paper mache Easter eggs worn as hats by the local children! An event not to be missed!

Cycle through a forest of bluebells

Less than two hours from our port at Dunkirk sits Hallerbos woods, which fills with colour each spring. Explore the forest on foot or by bike and make your way through a carpet of bluebells – the perfect spot for a picnic!

Hallerbos Woods, Belgium

Canal tours in Bruges

The medieval city of Bruges is full of character, from its cobbled streets, to its hidden courtyards, its half-timbered houses to its winding canals. Explore Bruge’s history and architectural charm via its famous waterways on a canal tour, the perfect way to see the city in spring. Be inspired by our weekend in Bruges blog post and plan your perfect trip.

Bruges, Belgium

Try the Trappist Breweries

Traditionally made by monks, Belgian beer has a strong reputation the world over and with over 1000 varieties brewed across the country, there is plenty of choice. Tour some Belgian breweries, some still operating in abbeys and monasteries, and sample some for yourself! Belgium truly is a beer lover’s paradise.

Embrace the great outdoors in the Ardennes

Perfect for keen walkers, cyclists and campers, the Ardennes comprises of rolling hills and beautiful countryside. Explore forests, fields and cliffs and see if you can spot native wildlife such as deer and wild boar. It’s the perfect place for a peaceful spring break.

Ardennes, Belgium

Travel to Belgium with DFDS on our ferries from Dover – France, Newhaven – Dieppe or Newcastle – Amsterdam. If travelling from Dover, why not try our 1 day and 3 day short breaks with £50 cashback for our Duty Free Shops thrown in?

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