When is the Best Time to Visit Belgium?
Published on: January 22nd, 2018
Last modified: December 28th, 2023
The best time to visit Belgium is between mid-May to mid-October. You get to enjoy ideal weather conditions and avoid the coldest months of December and January. Spring is a good time to travel to skip the crowds and enjoy the striking scenery.
A trip to the land of confectionery is always a good idea, with moderate weather for much of the year but many people’s favourite time to visit Belgium is during the summer months of July and August and into September.
During this period, not only are the skies clearer and days warmer but the streets are also buzzing with outdoor terraces, musicians, and artists.
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Head to the coast during July and August to soak up the sun and go swimming. As September arrives you’ll still find the odd good beach day as summer gives way to autumn. And if you happen to be in De Panne, have a go at land yachting or land sailing. The activity dates back to the 16th century, and it’s superb beach fun for those who don’t fancy getting wet.
With the spring months come bright blossoms in parks and gardens, but it’s during autumn from September to November that Ardennes are painted glorious red and orange tones. If you’re in Brussels when the weather is still good in autumn, take in the sights and sounds of Sonian Forest either on foot or by bicycle.
In winter months from December to February, head inland to cities like Bruges and Ghent and you may be fortunate enough to discover frozen lakes and canals, perfect for ice skating. And if you find yourself near Ardennes, there is some great cross-country skiing to be had.
Exploring the Cities
From the ornate streets and winding canals of Bruges, and the museums and galleries of Brussels, to the fine restaurants of Antwerp, Belgium’s cities are a treasure trove of interesting sights and hidden gems. The best time to go exploring is from June to August, when the weather is warm, and there’s less chance of being rained on while wandering down cobbled streets.