Beautiful summer days in Bruges, with golden sunbeams reflecting on the water of the Reien and boats passing by the famous Bruges swans. Beautiful historic buildings and preserved facades with the cosiest terraces to stay but also green gems to enjoy the beautiful weather between the trees and nature. The temperature rises, the birds whistle and staying inside is a great sin. We have listed a few activities for you to enjoy during those wonderful summer days in Bruges.
1. Picnic in the park
The Queen Astrid Park in Bruges is just around the corner from the most visited sights. This park is a hidden gem in Bruges thanks to the presence of numerous trees, a small pond and a colourful kiosk. An ideal place for a picnic, you can even order a picnic basket beforehand. Another recommendation is Minnewaterpark on the southern edge of Bruges, between the Beguinage and the fortresses.
Picnicking without any preparation is also possible because from now on Deliveroo will also deliver your favourite meal from the neighbourhood to the park. Possible at both the Koningin Astridpark and the Minnewaterpark. You download the app, choose what you want to eat and a little later it will be waiting for you at the entrance of the park. Very handy!
2. Eat an ice cream at the best ice cream parlour
The best ice cream parlour in Bruges is without doubt Gelateria Da Vinci. Exceptional and surprising (and homemade) ice cream with super friendly staff who will let you taste some flavours if you really can’t decide which one to choose from.
3. Fan out on the high altitude of the Belfry
Those who dare to climb the 366 steps of the tower will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Bruges and its surroundings. Enjoying the view from the top of the Belfry is ideal when the sun is shining. Because of the clear sky you can look miles ahead. Lovely to get a breath of fresh air and enjoy the view.
4. Have a drink on a terrace by the water
Enjoy a refreshing drink with a beautiful view of the Brugse Reien along the water at 2BE, a hidden treasure of Bruges. Once you’ve found this place, you won’t want to leave! For those who prefer lounge bars, B-In offers cocktails, fresh snacks and fun after-work parties at the waterfront, so have a great time!
Would you rather have dinner right away? Then we recommend going to ‘t Huidevettershuis with a Belgian/European cuisine. Eating along the water in the sun or under the parasol or during a magical evening; a wonderful location of tranquility and conviviality.
5. Take a boat trip on the Reien
One of the nicest things to do when the weather is nice is to be on the water and take a boat trip. For a cruise on the canals of Bruges you can get on board at 5 different moorings. The trip takes about half an hour and shows you the most beautiful spots from the water.
6. Go to the beach
Seriously, go to the beach, enjoy the Belgian coast! Zeebrugge is nearby. Go by bike and in half an hour you’ll be standing with your feet in the sand. Lovely sunbathing on the beach or perfect for a walk along the water or in the dunes. Because honestly, what could be better than spending a sunny day at the coast!
7. Cycle in the green oasis of the Bruges Ommeland
Once further away from the city center you still have a lot of beautiful nature to explore, either on foot or by bike, where you can completely unwind. Move between the green oasis of the Bruges Ommeland with a pleasant breeze on your bike between the magnificent landscapes and forests. Be sure to have a look at our 3 favourite cycling routes around Bruges.
8. Take a dip in the swimming pool of Green Park Hotel Bruges
The best way to refresh yourself during a hot summer day is to take a dip in a lovely outdoor pool and then dry up on a sun lounger. Green Park Hotel is situated in the middle of quiet nature surrounded by forest at only 5km from the old centre. Enjoy a drink in our cosy bar or relax on our sunny outdoor terrace.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a daytime writer for Green Park Hotel Brugge, a three-star hotel offering the perfect countryside accommodation experience while exploring the best-preserved medieval city of Belgium. Since this free-spirited damsel loves to go on adventures, she’s got a lot to say about travel, dining, cultural enjoyment, and lifestyle.