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Best places to find some refreshment while visiting Ghent

Ghent is an amazing city that holds the best of both worlds: loads of shops, restaurants with amazing foods of all different cuisines, trendy bars and all the facilities that any big city has to offer, this combined with a very cosy village atmosphere and feeling. Truly an idyllic city with the river Leie flowing right through it.

Are you visiting Ghent during a city-trip and are you lucky that you’re not seeing any of the typical rainy Belgian weather but some tropical temperatures? You must be looking for a place to cool down then? Search no more, here below you will find a list of my favorite places where I, and the other locals, go during the hot summer months to find some shade. You’ll discover some amazing hidden gems that you won’t find in any of the tourist brochures!

Boat ride on the river “Leie”

You have 2 options here. Either you take one of the very touristy boats that you will find in the historic city center of Ghent. You’ll find these at the Graslei and these are called “Bootjes van Gent”. You can combine this guided boat tour with a lot of historic and cultural information about the city as you can visit her from the water. These tour are provided in a LOT of different languages. But since I promised you non-touristy stuff as well… you can also rent your own boat (the company Minerva that is situated on the Coupure in Ghent for instance rents out boats) and go on a boat ride all by yourself. Well, and your friends of course. J Don’t forget the cooler with some drinks and bites along with an amazing Spotify playlist and go on this truly beautiful boat trip. You can either go in the direction of the City Center of Ghent where you can go straight through the historical center of Ghent or you can go in the other direction, being the direction of “Sint-Martens-Latem” and visit the amazing gardens and huge villas of some of Belgian’s most rich and famous.

Find some shade in one of the many green oasis of Ghent

In a previous article that I wrote, I made a list of all my favorite green spots in Ghent.

Have a swim in one of the many public swimming pools:

–          Zwembad Van Eyck (Veermanplein 1)

–          Zwembad Strop (Stropstraat 31)

–          Gent Rozenbroeken (Victor Braeckmanlaan 180)

–          Openluchtzwembad Neptunus (Botestraat)

It’s just a matter of finding the one that’s closest to you!

Visit one of the many historical buildings

The most obvious example being the “Gravensteen”, a castle right in the middle of the historical center of Ghent which will provide some very cool temperatures during your visits, thanks to its very thick walls. If you live in Ghent, you can visit this building for free on Sunday.

Visit Portus Ganda

Portus Ganda is the site around the new marina. This is where the 2 rivers Leie and Schelde flow together and. This popular hotspot is currently hot and happening in Ghent.

Chill at the Graslei and Korenlei (which is just on the other side of the water)

This is THE place where the locals go to enjoy the first rays of sunshine. You can relax on the terraces of the many bars or have an ice-cream cone from the stall that is almost always parked on the Korenmarkt. Many locals even bring home made drinks and bites and meet up with their friends.  Or you can hop in the Albert Heijn of night shops that are just around the for some drinks or something to eat. People just hang around here, sit on the ground and relax so there is always a great vibe here.

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Most beautiful green spots in Ghent

Ghent is an amazing city that holds the best of both worlds: loads of shops, restaurants with amazing foods of all different cuisines, trendy bars and all the facilities that any big city has to offer, this combined with a very cosy village atmosphere and feeling. Truly an idyllic city with the river Leie flowing right through it.

Despite being a city, Ghent is also home to a lot of green, parks, recreational areas and just spots to relax while being in the middle of nature. You’d almost forget that you are currently visiting one of Belgium’s biggest cities.

Are you visiting the city and are you looking for a nice spot to have a picnic or just enjoy the nature? These places are also ideal to escape the hot temperatures that can conquer Belgium during the summer. Here below you’ll find some large green areas and also some smaller hidden green gems that are only known by the locals:

Plantentuin

This garden is a project of the university of Ghent and is situated on the edge of one of the largest parks in Ghent, the Citadel park. This is no ordinary park but is a place where you can find an amazing variety of plants, flowers and even a pond. Every single plant comes with a name tag so this place is ideal for the plant lovers amongst you.

Garden behind St. Pieters’ Abby

You’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the South of France in this hidden gem between the lavender and grape vines.

Bourgoyen – Ossemeersen

This huge piece of nature with it 230 acres big. Home to an enormous variety of birds who will stay here during the winter.

Blaarmeersen

Similar to Bourgoyen, this area is also huge and one of the most popular places where locals spend hot summer days. You can find a lot of shade here between the trees and you even have a beach and a water park where you can have a swim.

Citadelpark

This is a very large park not far from the Ghent Sint Pieters railway station. I would not recommend visiting this place at night time due to its poor reputation but during the day it’s a great place to relax in the nature.

Oud begijnhof

This is beguinage is just a very nice hidden gem in Ghent that I secretly wanted to mention. Apart from the grass field, this is a very nice area to visit. The surrounding streets are filled with little identical houses where the sisters used to live. Very well preserved and absolutely worthwhile visiting when you’re in the city.

Originele cadeau ideeën voor wie graag reist

Heb je iemand in je vriendengroep of familie die graag reist? Of ken je iemand die op wereldreis vertrekt? Of een student die op Erasmus gaat? De volgende leuke en ultieme cadeau-ideeën zullen zeker in de smaak vallen.

1. Lonely planet’s ultimate travellist

Dit boek biedt een verzameling van 500 bezienswaardigheden en trekpleisters ter wereld die je niet mag missen, samengesteld dor reisexperts. Helder geschreven en vol inspirerende foto’s en met uitvouwbare kaart waarop je de bezochte plaatsen kunt afvinken. De ultieme reisbucketlist die jaren aan reisinspiratie zal bieden.

2. Koffer van American Tourister

Stijlvol op reis met de koffers en tassen  van American Tourister. Met deze felle en vrolijke kleurtjes de IT-valies van dit jaar.

3. Reisdagboek “I was here”

Dit mooi geïllustreerde reisdagboek staat bomvolle leuke, originele en grappige opdrachten die je met andere ogen naar de wereld om je heen laten kijken. Dit dagboek bevat eveneens tips van locals en biedt extra plaats voor eigen ervaringen of notities.

4. Instantcamera

Je foto maken en onmiddellijk in handen hebben: in de instacamera of polaroid camera is weer helemaal in. Deze camera biedt een tastbare herinnering die je op de prikbord of koelkast kan bewaren. Tegenwoordig zijn ook heel wat originele decoratie-Ideetjes gebaseerd op deze fotootjes.

We zetten de populairste instantcamera’s op een rijtje:

  • Fujifilm Instax 8

Deze camera is beschikbaar in verschillende leuke kleurtjes, batterijen zijn inbegrepen.

Navulverpakking:

  • Polaroid Instant Camera


Ook deze camera is in verschillende kleuren verkrijgbaar. Deze camera is voorzien van een Micro SD-kaartslot waardoor je foto’s optioneel kan opslaan of later afdrukken.

Navulverpakking:

5. Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer – wireless printer

Deze printer geeft je de mogelijkheid om van je smartphone of tablet foto’s te printen op fotopapier (5×7,5cm). Verbinding via bluetooth of NFC-technologie. Binnen een minuut is je foto geprint. Iets minder “gadget” dan de instantcamera maar zo kan je wel kwalitatieve foto’s kiezen om te printen.

Navulverpakkingen:

6. Bucketlist wereldbol of posters

Deze zijn beschikbaar onder de vorm van een wereldbol in kurk:

Een wereldkaart in kurk:

Of een scratch map:

7. Seat Zac

Je vult deze  SeatZac met 1 beweging in de lucht, sluit hem af  en bent klaar om te chillen. Gemakkelijk en compact!

In verschillende leuke kleuren beschikbaar.

8. Go-pro

Kleine en lichte sportcam met heel goeie beeldkwaliteit. Filmt in Full HD en maakt prachtige foto’s.

9. Leuke luchtmatras

Leuke luchtmatrassen zijn deze zomer alomtegenwoordig in het zwembad en op zee. We zetten hieronder de hipste op een rijtje:

10. Amazonas Hangmat Salsa Fuegro

Deze hangmat is ruim genoeg voor 2 personen en geschikt voor zowel binnen als buiten. Het materiaal is UV bestendig en sneldrogend. In verschillende frisse kleuren beschikbaar.

11. Barbecook  joya tafelbarbecue startpakket

Geschikt om tot met 4 personen te barbecueën.

12. Draagbare speaker

Een draagbare speaker is een onmisbaar reisaccessoire. Speel overal je favoriete muziek af via de youtube verbinding.

Bose, marshall, photo sphere, crosley harper, Beata, B and O, Urbanears, Master and Dynamic, i.am, Victrola.

13. Apple ipad

Een ipad is wegens zijn handig formaat een schitterend alternatief voor de laptop voor wie graag reist.

Wat vond jij het beste idee? Heb je zelf nog andere ideeën? Deel het dan zeker in de reacties hieronder!