This festival, every July, celebrates Belgian Independence Day in great style.The party goes on for over a week. There is every sort of music from reggae to folk to classical both indooor and on outdoor stages, with buskers and street entertainers.
The city has a wealth of museums, galleries and old churches. There's something for all ages. And most of the music is free! There's a variety of places to eat and stay.
Eurostar to Brussels, then a short local train ride.Theres a city tram network; the local information office sells a city pass for use on the trams which includes entry to all the museums and galleries.
This is a fantastic vegan restaurant that does an all you can eat buffet for about 13 euros. Drinks are extra. Good tasty food and a variety of dishes, this is really good value. The decor is tasteful and clean.
A bar specialising in gin (jenever) - weaker and sweeter than British gin but watch out for the pepper-flavoured stuff! Belgium's 70 jenever distilleries produce some 270 varieties. You can buy gin in stone bottles in shops in the city (notably on Kraanlei).
Groentenmarkt 12, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
+32(0)9 224 21 20
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