It is the Dutch-speaking, northern part of Belgium wedged between the North Sea and the Netherlands in the north and Wallonia and France in the south. This region has an immense historical and cultural wealth made visible through its buildings, works of art and festivals.
For many centuries Flanders enjoyed virtual independence and great prosperity as a centre of the cloth industry. The Habsburg wars in the Low Countries caused the eventual division of the region, which suffered heavy damage during World War I and World War II.
Flanders consists of 9 Cities
Antwerp — Flanders’ biggest city, with a large cathedral, the second-largest port of Europe, and plenty to see and do.
Bruges — also known as the “Venice of the north”, a very nice medieval town with lots of small canals.
Hasselt — capital city of Limburg, with a lot of greenery and shopping possibilities.
Courtray — an old city with famous medieval towers (Broeltowers) and a big pedestrian shopping district.
Ghent — a more medieval city located approximatively in the centre of Flanders, half way between Antwerp and Bruges.
Leuven — an old town with a very old university and a beautiful town hall.
Mechelen — small town with a famous cathedral.
Sint-Niklaas — offering nice cycling opportunities and boasts Belgium’s largest market square.
Ypres — made famous by its destruction during the First World War; many memorials and museums.
We stay at the Hotel Ambassador located 500 yards from the market place in Menen.
Lots of the buildings in Deauville are a lovely half-timber construction common in Normandy which you will pass as you wonder through to the sea front. The Town has plenty to keep you busy from prestigious horse races, Golf and the Famous Shops. Enjoy the elegant boutiques and restaurants, not forgetting Deauville’s greatest pull, its magnificent beach.
The beautiful and scenic 42 mile long Flemish Coast has 13 resorts, each with there own character and unique atmosphere. The beaches shelve gently out to sea, The Flemish coast offers a wide range of sport and recreation facilities: here you can hire a bicycle or a buggy, go sailing or fishing. The wide beach is ideal for ball games, horse riding and beach surfing. And there is more: take a stroll along the beach promenades.