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The city of Three Towers
One of the reasons Ghent is a must-visit is because of its Three Towers; St. Bavon’s, the Belfry and St. Nicholas. Making up an iconic part of this city’s skyline, the Three Towers are a popular attraction thanks to their powerful presence and intricate design. As well as the Three Towers, architecture lovers can explore Gravenseteen castle dating back to 1180 and the remains of the Cistercian Abbey of Byloke back from 1228.
Traditional Belgian cuisine done well
Belgian cuisine is notorious for its decadence. Whether it’s frites or waffles smothered in warmed chocolate there are great snacks to pick up as you explore this city. And, when in Ghent, one of the best places to sample these delights is the Holy Food Market. Teeming with stalls and Instagram-worthy portions, you’ll be sure to want to order more than you can manage!
Quiet streets ready to be explored
Although a popular destination for travellers, many people are shocked by how quiet Ghent can feel. Unlike other city destinations, you really feel a sense of being able to breathe and stretch when in Ghent. This means no pushing to the front of crowds to get the best view and no long queues.
The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb
Art lovers can rejoice when in Ghent. Its medieval history and religious affections mean there are plenty of beautiful churches to adore. If you visit the Sint-Baafskathedraal however, you are in for a real treat. Here you can see The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, one of the earliest-known oil paintings and one of the most famous works of Flemish artists the Van Eyck brothers.