When is the Best Time to Visit Belgium?
Most people tend to visit Belgium when the weather is at its warmest in July and August.
Arguably the best time to visit Belgium though is from around the middle of May through to the middle of October.
The weather in Belgium, in general, is fairly moderate no matter what time of year you visit, with not many extremes. You should, however, still go prepared for showers.
The chilliest months are December and January. Springtime can be beautiful with flowers blossoming, but the late summer weather is September more reliable.
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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.