Consider that beer production is a large part of the economy, with over 500 brands brewed here, and gourmet chocalatiers Côte d’Or, Callebaut and Godiva are locals. What’s more, these people are fanatical about cycling—which translates to a lot of respect for we two-wheeled travellers. Then there’s the emerging fashion scene, the incredible art museums, and those picture-perfect towns criss-crossed with canals and lined with medieval gems. And did we mention the beer?
A visit to medieval Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must for any visitor to Belgium. Explore the canals, discover artisans producing local treats and the city's famous handmade lace, or climb the 366 steps of the 13th century Belfort tower for views over the city. Stay at Die Swaene or Hotel de Orangerie, located right in the heart of the historic centre. Another hotel well-located for biking is Spa’s Manoir de Lébioles, a grand, century-old manor house with 16 rooms conceived as a “small Versailles of the Ardennes.”