We already publish the guide "four days in Flanders" a few months ago, and now we start the day-to-day stories of trip to Flanders August last year. We start with Ghent, our base city in Flanders. Ghent is very beautiful, the city we liked most in Flanders. As it is a university city, it is very young and there is a lot of atmosphere in the city. It is a pass to get lost in its streets and discover the architecture of the city, restaurants and shops with a lot of charm. Next, we show you the route that we follow as soon as we arrive.
Ghent's first impression was very positive.
All great trips start with an early birdAt least ours. And when we say "big trips" we don't necessarily mean long distances, but rather visit very special places. We wanted a long time travel to Flanders, especially since we discovered that there is the Fried Potato Museum there, and finally last summer we we escaped four days.
In Ghent you have to look in all directions to not miss anything.
Early in the morning we landed in the Charleroi airport, the furthest from Brussels, but the one that offers better rates to fly. From there to Brussels there are several options: coach, public transport or shared taxi, in the style of those of Tunisia or Turkey After discussing a few seconds, we opted for the shared taxi for price and speed. We wanted to get to Ghent at a reasonable time to have time to explore the city in one day.
The historic center of Ghent is very beautiful.
The taxi quickly filled up and we started at full speed. In about 45 minutes we planted at the Brussels Midi train station. There we bought the train tickets with some difficulties (the rush, which are bad advisers), and we got on one of the frequent trains that link Brussels with Ghent.
Thirty minutes later, because the train was direct, we set foot in the Sint-Pieters station, the main one of the city, and, armed with a coffee and a bun of the Panos for breakfast, we go to the tram station outside the station (exit Centrun, on the left). In a vending machine we bought the tram ticket (€ 1.30), we got on the tram of line 1 and, eight stops later, we got off at Gravensteen, next to the castle of the same name and right in front of the tourist office from the city.
Former fish market and current headquarters of the Ghent tourist office
The Ghent tourist office is an essential stop When you visit the city. There you can find a lot of useful information, the staff is very nice and helps you in everything. In addition, the office is in the old fish market, where a statue of Neptune welcomes us. We got a brochure with an itinerary with the essentials of Ghent that we follow to the letter.
Castle of the counts from the river
The first stop started right in front of the tourist office, in the Castle of the Counts: Gravensteen. This huge fortress surprises because it is in the middle of the historical center of the city. It was built in 1180 and is one of the most outstanding visits. However, we decided not to visit inside due to lack of time and we are dedicated to follow the visit the old town from the city.
The bridge of San Miguel
We walk down J.Breydelstr street to stop to enjoy the Korenlei and the Graslei. Here were located the commercial ports of the city, which began operating in the eleventh century. The architecture of the buildings is so beautiful that it is not surprising that people sit on the banks of the river Lys to watch life go by and make it one of the meeting points of the inhabitants of Ghent.