The global fame of Brussels and Bruges often overshadows the remarkable history and aesthetic wonder of Belgium’s most vibrant city. Within the city, a delightful dichotomy of rich history and cosmopolitan culture reigns, so whether you want to cruise the canals in order to view ancient abbeys and magnificent monasteries or take a tour of the city’s splendid street art, you can. The city is famed for its remarkable sunsets, which cover the city in iridescent light and offer visitors an ethereal experience of nature and modernity.
From the Gothic curve of St Michael’s Bridge, visitors can enjoy a visual banquet that encompasses some of Ghent’s most breathtaking sights. The immensely powerful structure of the Castle of the Counts looms in the distance while in the forefront the stunning Three Tower Row can be admired. Surrounding the bridge is the thriving inner city heart of Graslei and Korenlie, a medieval port with austere and astounding row of historical buildings straddling the glittering river.
The variety and quality of Ghent’s museums is only akin to that of London or Paris; whatever part of the city’s intriguing culture you want to discover, Ghent offers insightful exhibitions housed within incredible structures. The Museum of Fine Arts houses a staggering collection of Flemish art amidst paintings for the old masters, while S.M.A.K, the unique and uniting modern art museum presents collections of mind bending and exhilarating modern art guaranteed to leave visitors breathless.
The culinary specialities of Ghent are much more refined than many visitors expect; rather than the usual Belgian beer and waffles, Ghent tantalises tastebuds with sweet treats such as sweet snowballs and delicious Ganda ham. Enjoy the best of Belgian in the modern interior of the Michelin starred Horseele; the exquisite tasting menus offer the best of free range produce and pay homage to Belgium’s rich culinary traditions. (Ottergemsesteenweg - Zuid 808, 9000 Gent, Belgium, +32 9 330 23 20)