Bruges is a beautiful medieval town in the Belgium province of West Flanders. The city is often referred to as the 'Venice of the North', and the centre of Bruges is a World renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Picturesque market squares, horse drawn carriages and dreamy canals help to transport you back to days gone by.
Many visitors take day trips to Bruges from Brussels, but there is to much to see in this charming city that many people prefer a longer break. At night, after day trippers disperse, the charm and centuries past return. Bruges is a beautiful day trip location throughout the year, and makes an ideal journey from Calais to the Calais region of France.
Things to do
- Stroll along the promenade and relax on the long stretch of sandy beach in Boulogne.
- Relax outside one of the numerous cafes in Place Dalton, a square in the centre of Boulogne, and enjoy the view of the Church of St Nicholas.
- Visit the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame and view the crypts, some of which date back to the 7th Century.
- Take a trip to the Nausicaa Aquarium. See the jellyfish, watch the sea lion show and learn about maritime environments in this fantastic oceanarium.
- Visit Les Ramparts. Boulogne is surrounded by the medieval walls built in the 13th century. They are one of the best-kept medieval sites in Northern France.
Points of interest
- Cathédrale de Notre-Dame
- Boulogne Port
- Nausicaa Aquarium
Directions to Boulogne
From Calais, take the A16 Westbound, signposted Boulogne. Leave the A16 at Junction 31 or 32 and follow the signs to the town centre. There are numerous car parks available around the town centre.