CHOCOLATE, beer and secret treasure hunts?
You’ll struggle to find a better family city break than Ghent, says writer Janice Hopper.
SIP BEER BOOTS
This Belgian city is built around two rivers, the Lys and the Scheldt, so a boat trip is the perfect introduction.
Drift past dramatic castles, monasteries and the Het Rabot fortified gateway during your 40-minute trip, £8.50 per adult (Debootjesvangent.be).
Then, drop by relaxed cafe Meraki to watch the boats go by from its bustling terrace.
Tuck into indulgent Belgian waffles topped with chocolate sauce while you’re there (Meraki-diner.business.site).
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The city’s liquid gold is its award-winning beer, though, so follow the Ghent Scenic Craft Beer Walk to De Dulle Griet for a choice of over 500 different brews.
Order one of the huge Max beers, £11, served in an iconic boot-shaped glass – just be prepared to exchange one of your shoes as a deposit (Dullegriet.be)!
HUNT DRAGON EGGS
Climb the 366 steps to the top of Ghent’s Belfry to spy the city skyline.
You can also set eyes on one of the world’s largest and oldest carillon drums that plays the tower’s bells, while a fab treasure hunt – searching for a dragon’s egg – keeps younger kids occupied.
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