In my view, Belgium is one of the most underrated countries in Europe. I have been there on multiple occasions but there are still places that I would like to visit.
For a small country, it punches above its weight. Although many people make a beeline for stately Brussels or the fairytale charms of Bruges, my favourite places include gorgeous Ghent and the sand dune-studded coastline around Ostend, as well as more hidden gems like Leuven, Hasselt and Mechelen.
And who doesn’t love a plate of moules and frites, washed down with a bottle of Belgian beer?
BELGIUM IN A NUTSHELL
- Capital: Brussels
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Population: 12 million
- Official language: Dutch, French & German
- Time zone: UTC+1
SOLO TRAVEL RATING
- Solo travel rating: 4 out of 5
- Risk to women travellers: Low
- Travel costs: Moderate
- Recommended for first-time solo travellers: Yes