Looking for some fun in Belgium? Visiting the main attractions probably kept you busy for some time, but what to do after you have checked them off your list? Here are some ideas for entertainment during your leisure time in Belgium.
Visit churches, museums, art galleries and other cultural landmarks
Belgium is populated with churches. From prominent landmarks, such as the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels, the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp and Tournai or the St. Nicolas’ Church in Ghent, to smaller but picturesque places of worship: they are all dazzling examples of architecture and have an inspiring atmosphere. Belgian cities offer visitors a rich cultural experience with an impressive number of museums, art galleries, theatres and operas. There is something for everyone, no matter the age!
To burn some calories after that delicious portion of fries, the Belgian (and expat!) must exercise! Sports are big in Belgium and there are many ways to stay in shape.
Kitesurfing is popular throughout Belgium, but especially on the Flemish coast! There you will find many schools or centres dedicated to this sport. Are you interested in learning how to conquer the waves and the wind?
Cycling or mountain biking:
One of the most beautiful ways to explore the countryside and get some exercise in is to take your (mountain) bike for a spin! With its multiple dedicated routes, housing, infrastructure and events, Belgium truly is a paradise for cyclists. Discover the Ardennes, Walloon or Flemish countryside and enjoy a rejuvenating time in nature.
Field hockey is a growing discipline in Belgium! The men's national team, the 'Red Lions' even made it to the finals of the Rio Olympics 2016. If you want to learn a new sport, maybe field hockey is for you!
Antique and flea markets, fairs and trade shows are great excuses to stroll around in Belgium.
Usually, every town or neighbourhood has its own market, which often takes place once or twice a week. These give you the opportunity to meet local producers and to better understand where the goods you consume originate, all in a family friendly atmosphere.
There is also a host of flea markets and garage sales going on all year round. An example? The Marolles flea market on Place du Jeu de Balle in Brussels, famous for its typical flair and hidden treasures.
Hey, let’s have a drink!
After visiting all those churches, cycling up and down the countryside, playing a round of field hockey and strolling through the flea markets, you surely fancy a refreshment! Why not taste one of Belgian’s delicious beers? After all, they produce 800 kinds, with the most famous ones being Kwak, Chimay Blue, Orval, Tripel Karmeliet, Westmalle, Rochefort, Duvel, Kasteel, Busch, Kriek, Leffe or Barbar. It may take some time before you have tried them all, but hey, it’s the perfect excuse to meet friends over a drink in one of the bars at Place du Luxembourg, in the heart of Brussels' European quarter. Expats guaranteed. For other ways to meet people in Belgium, check the list of ideas published on expatica.com.
Peckish? Try the two major types of Belgian waffles (Liege and Brussels), the famous stoemp, or the Liege meatballs.