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Modern art and medieval architecture in Belgium

Belgium is a charming medley of ancient architecture and modern ingenuity, a fascinating country of medieval villages and bustling cities, beautiful scenery and first-rate food. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast who loves nothing more than to cycle through the countryside, or you'd prefer to spend your days sipping champagne and perusing modern art galleries and elegant museums, Belgium has something to enchant you. Belgium vacation rentals are cozy oases for you to rest in after sunny days spent at the beach or on wine tours, indulging in mouthwatering food, or simply sitting in a cafe with mussels and fries, watching the fascinating world go by.

Things to do

Paintings and coal mining in Belgium

Belgium has a wealth of fascinating heritage sites to explore, including the Flemish Beguinages, an enclosed medieval community of women; the art nouveau Stoclet House, in Brussels and the Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, which share the history of coal mining in Belgium. Belgium vacation rentals are in every major city, allowing you a peaceful retreat after canal tours in Bruges, or a horse-drawn carriage ride through the old city in Antwerp, after lingering over paintings in the Rubens House Museum. Be sure to save time for leisurely strolls through gorgeous cities, like Ghent, and stopping to sip a frothy beer in a cafe.


Waffles and beer in Belgium

History buffs will find much to entrance them in Belgium, from the battle site of Flanders Field to the World War II battlefields in the Forest of Ardennes. Belgium is full of interesting museums, featuring stories and images covering everything from trains and artists to aristocrats and poets. In between touring cathedrals and historic sites, there are Trappist beers for you to sample, sugar-crusted waffles to nibble and the freshest seafood to indulge in. Belgium vacation rentals are homey places that welcome you back after days spent exploring old mines, taking horse-drawn carriage rides through old city centers and relaxing on boat rides along meandering canals.


Cool summers and cold winters in Belgium

Belgium is tucked nicely between France and the Netherlands, and faces the North Sea. It has a temperate maritime climate, with moderate winters and cool summers. Along the coast, temperatures are cooler during summer – between 68 and 72 – while inland it's slightly warmer – about 73. Rains aren't heavy, but are steady throughout the year, so be sure to bring rain gear and warm layers when you visit. Winter in Belgium can have freezing temperatures, but they usually range between the high 20s and high 30s. Warm clothing is essential in winter, and extra layers are sensible in case of sudden weather changes.

Natural features

Wild boar and sand dunes in Belgium

The North Sea provides the western border for Belgium, with Germany and Luxembourg to the east. The Netherlands sits to the north and France to the south. Britain is a few miles to the west, across the English Channel. Belgium is a flat country, with sand dunes and reclaimed land near the coast, fertile valleys further inland, and the Ardennes, a densely forested plateau. Belgium may seem heavily populated, but it has ample green space where wildlife thrives. Savvy observers may spot wild boar, gray wolves, lynxes and wild cats. Just be careful of Belgium's one poisonous snake, the common adder.

Where to stay around Belgium?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,497 vacation rentals near Belgium. From 1,876 Houses to 240 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Belgium for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Belgium?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Belgium. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Brussels-Capital Region: 662 vacation rentals
  • Bruges: 158 vacation rentals
  • Brussels: 743 vacation rentals
  • Antwerp: 140 vacation rentals
  • Ghent: 105 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Belgium! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Belgium?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Belgium:

  • Bruges: 158 rentals
  • Brussels: 743 rentals
  • Antwerp: 140 rentals
  • Ghent: 105 rentals
  • Leuven: 66 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Belgium?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Belgium are:

  • Liege-Guillemins Railway Station Airport (XHN): 384 vacation rentals
  • Brussels Airport (BRU): 775 vacation rentals
  • Oostende Airport (OST): 778 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Belgium?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Belgium. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Museum of Human Anatomy and Embryology: 778 rentals
  • Brussels Bruxelles-Midi Station: 783 rentals
  • Brussels Central Station: 782 rentals
  • Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917: 101 rentals
  • Circuit Zolder: 253 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Belgium listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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