When thinking about romantic destinations for a city break in Europe, there’s nowhere quite like Bruges. The city holds a fairytale charm that will make anyone fall in love, so if you’re planning a Valentine’s Day getaway, you have plenty of reasons to choose the Belgian city. From quaint architecture and horse-drawn carriages to cosy pubs and chocolate shops, there are plenty of romantic things to do in Bruges so you and your loved one can make this Valentine’s Day your most memorable one yet. Here are 5 reasons to spend Valentine’s Day in Bruges…
COSY UP IN BRUGES’ CHARMING PUBS
It’ll be a little chilly outside this Valentine’s Day in Bruges, so head to one of the city’s many local beer bars to get you feeling all warm, fuzzy and content. Brugean pubs are some of the quaintest in Europe. Order you and your partner a pint in the oldest and most charming pub in Bruges, Vlissinghe, or find the small but cosy De Garre between the shops of Breidelstraat. The pubs around the city make for lovely little pit stops during a romantic Bruges break, or a few relaxed drinks in the evening with your loved one.
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INDULGE IN BELGIAN CHOCOLATES, THE BEST IN THE WORLD
Nothing compares to Belgian chocolates, so when in Bruges for Valentine’s Day, treating your other half (and yourself) to a box is a must. Bruges is not short of chocolate shops that sell everything from truffles and pralines to caramels and chocolate figurines. And the shops themselves are often some of the most charming little buildings in the city. For Valentine’s Day, the chocolate shops will have even more romantic offerings, so fill up a box of your favourite silky smooth treats to share with your partner as you wander around Bruges.
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TAKE A ROMANTIC RIDE ON A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE
Without doubt one of the most quintessentially romantic things to do in Bruges is a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city. In Bruges’ Markt Square, there’s no more charming sight to see or noise to hear than the sound of horses, followed by their carriage, clip-clopping around the Belfry Tower. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a fairytale, cosying up under a blanket while your stallion leads you around the streets of Bruges. Not only is it utterly romantic, but it’s an idyllic way to see city’s main sites, too.
STOP AT LOVER’S BRIDGE AND THE LAKE OF LOVE
Is there anything more appropriate for Valentine’s Day than strolling hand-in-hand across a bridge in Bruges called ‘Lover’s Bridge’? Plus, in the midst of Minnewater Park you’ll find the absolutely charming Lake of Love! Feed the swans, take selfies by the lake and don’t forget to give your Valentine a kiss on Lover’s Bridge to ensure you have eternal love. It’s no wonder Bruges tops every list for romantic city breaks!
CRUISE THE CANALS
See the sites of Bruges from the water on one of the city’s many canal cruise tours - one of the most beautiful ways to see the city. Float along with the swans, arm-in-arm with your loved one while you take in spectacular views of the otherworldly architecture in an utterly romantic setting. The fairytale atmosphere around Bruges is like nowhere else in the world, and when you’re experiencing it from the water with your Valentine, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a love story.