Guide to Eurostar Breaks in Bruges
What to do and see in the City of Bruges
Bruges is located in Western Flanders, on the North coast of Belgium and should be on everyones shortlist as a place to visit in Europe.We will now look at what this amazing city has to offer. Travel to Brussels by Eurostar and then get the train right into the heart of Bruges.
Choosing a hotel in Bruges can be hard because there are so many to choose from. The 4 star ratings are a good indicator of quality but if you want something a little more special then you should go to a luxury 5 star hotel.
Even 3 star hotels have a high standard in Bruges and are popular with families looking for short breaks.
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Ghent is the fourth largest city of Belgium and though perhaps less frequented than Bruges, it is considered by many that Ghent is the real diamond of Flanders and Belgium.
In a unique way, Ghent has managed to preserve its medieval heart while keeping up with modern times. The city centre is a showcase of medieval Flemish wealth and commercial success.
The city has an important harbour that links to the canal ‘Ghent-Terneuzen’ which allows sea-going vessels to bring their products into the city and its industrial hinterland. The presence of so many young people and students has turned Ghent into an important Flemish cultural centre. [Read more →]
The city of Honfleur is between the tidal estuary of the Seine and the “Pays d’Auge” and welcomes visitors at any time of the year. Many will find a visit to the Park of “Le Jardin Retrouve” which is situated between the sea wall and the Boulevard Charles V most enjoyable.
Here you will find attractive gardens providing a quiet place to relax. It also comes complete with a play area for your children.
Why not try a stroll along the jetty from the old port past the light house and the lock and onto the beach. Along the way you will see the garden “Le Jardin des Personnalitise”. [Read more →]
A walk through Lille will make you question whether you are still in France, for there is a distinctly Flemish feel at play here.
Lille’s Flemish influence is most clearly seen in the ornate Bourse or stock exchange with its 24 buildings and book market which is held in the courtyard on Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday mornings.
To the rich merchants who constructed the brick residences surrounding the Bourse in the 17th century, all things Flemish were synonymous with style and wealth. As a result, Lille has an exciting buzz to it, a modern driverless train, the vast Euralille shopping centre, two great art museums and plenty of stylish shops, cafes and restaurants. [Read more →]
Ostend has always been called ‘The Queen’ of the Belgian seaside resorts, and you’ll find many and varied enjoyable attractions worth exploring.
Within the Yacht Harbor there is the Mercator Ship, a floating museum, decked out as if it were ready to sail and open for visiting all year round.
Outside Ostend, along the beach between Ostend and Middelkerke is the ‘Raversijde Domain’, which has become a very valuable natural reserve and many hours of enjoyable scenic walks are to be had here. [Read more →]
Arras is an ancient town full of magnificent gothic architecture which gives it an air of grandeur. There is something of interest around every corner, whatever your tastes may be, and plenty of shops for some serious retail therapy
Arras is located at the south-west end of the Pas de Calais department, in the Nord-Pas de Calais region of northern France, about 110km from Calais about an hours drive on the motorway.
The most direct route is to take the A26 Autoroute (motorway) from the port of Calais or the Channel Tunnel and follow the signs for Arras. [Read more →]
Le Touquet is located on the very northern tip of France so is very easy to reach from the UK being just a short drive from Calais or Boulogne. We recommend travelling by Ferry from Dover and driving down to Le Touquet or alternatively you can get the Eurotunnel.
You will find many luxuriously equipped hotels as Le Touquet is a popular destination with people from Paris. Being a seaside town there are also many diversions and activities and the popularity of this resort ensures that the many events and attractions continue to grow from strength to strength. [Read more →]
The town of “Le Touquet” became a popular coastal resort in the 1920s and 1930s and its close proximity to Paris and easy access to Britain makes this interesting town an excellent choice for a short break.
In the last 5-10 years it has seen a resurgence with elite, smart hotels, luxurious villas and trendy shops and restaurants aplenty for your enjoyment.
Le Touquet is surrounded by a huge pine forest planted in 1855 and wide endless beaches backed by sandy dunes. There are some great activities to be enjoyed here including yachting, golf, horse-riding and numerous other sporting facilities. [Read more →]
Uncover the secret Champagne…..
For that special occasion, or just some relaxing time away in this lovely part of the Champagne region, (not forgetting the chance to pick up a few bottles at great prices of course) a short break in one of our selected hotels is just what you need. With plenty of vineyards, open countryside and towns packed with history, this region provides the perfect setting for a romantic holiday, and sampling some of the fabulous bubbly along the way is sure to help you unwind and enjoy your Champagne short break.
We’ve chosen these hotels so you can explore what many consider to be the less well known and stunning area of Champagne – the Aube region, which surrounds the medieval town of Troyes. This has been called by many ‘secret champagne’, full of undiscovered charm and romance. [Read more →]
How to book a cheap trouble free break by Eurotunnel
We will look at how to get to France from the UK without using flights. There are a surprising number of options out there and we pick out Eurotunnel as the primary source of travel but we also look at the other options and the importance of choosing a good tour operator.
Rail travel is less likely to be affected by adverse weather conditions – if you live in Kent then rail travel to France is a no brainer really. [Read more →]