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Belgium Boating Holidays

Cruise Belgium’s network of canals and rivers through peaceful countryside and historic towns. Famous for its chocolates, beer and lace Belgium offers a variety of boating holiday options just inland from its coast.

Enjoy fine sandy beaches backed by dunes near our boat base in Nieuwpoort.

Ideally placed to see the sights of Western Flanders it is a short cruise to beautiful Bruges, known as the ‘Venice of the North’ for its many canals.

Moor at Bruges and explore this medieval town along cobbled streets lined with lace and chocolate shops. Cruise the canals to see the town, and perhaps have the famous ‘moules et frites’ washed down by one of the 300 local beers.

Holidays Afloat in Belgium

From Bruges continue to Gent, Belgium's ancient Flemish capital, with its ornate buildings and imposing facades.

Oudenaarde is the centre of the Flemish tapestry industry. Nearer Nieuwpoort is Veurne – noted for its Grand Place and covered markets.

Visit the extensive World War memorials at Ypres, where the Last Post is played at 8pm daily.

Wherever you go in Belgium there is an excellent range of superb food shops –pâtisseries, charcuteries, poissonneries and bakeries.

Our base at Nieuwpoort is convenient for the UK – a short distance from Zeebrugge for ferries from Hull, and less than one hour from Calais. Take a short break or weekend cruise to Bruges and back with only 2 bridges and 15 locks.

Please note: Certain locks and bridges are closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays

You can also visit Belgium from our Penichette base in the Ardennes region of France.

Area Highlights

Highlights of Belgium

  • Bruges, the 'Venice of the North' with canals and cobbled street
  • Menin Gate at Ieper (Ypres) and daily Last Post ceremony
  • Nieuwpoort long sandy beaches
  • Gent and its historic centre
  • Belgian beer and the famous 'moules et frites'
  • Historic towns such as Diksmuide, Oudenaarde and pretty waterways
Boat Hire in Bruges

Useful Information:

  • All locks and lifting bridges are staffed by lock-keepers. Some may be closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays
  • At Bruges take the main 'ring' canal around the town outskirts, and moor securely in La Coupure, a canal inlet with barrier access controlled by the harbourmaster. Mooring fees of approximately 10 euro per night

Customer Reviews

The holiday was perfect for us - despite the weather. The site crew were exceptionally helpful.
JW – Nieuwpoort and back in Belgium

Suggested Cruises from our bases in Belgium

Belgium Boating Map

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Boat Holidays from Nieuwpoort

Nieuwpoort is a lively and cosmopolitan city on the seaside, popular with families and has a 2 km long promenade. A pretty town for a break, with a long sandy beach, and a choice of 'out and back' routes.

Nieuwpoort - Bruges - Nieuwpoort

Short Break Return Trip • 4-5 Days • 60km • 4 Locks • 28 Bridges • 12hrs

Leave the golden beaches of Nieuwpoort behind and head for Bruges, the Venice of the North, where you can explore the town from a mooring just off the ring canal.

Nieuwpoort - Leper - Nieuwpoort

Short Break Return Trip • 3-4 Days • 80km • 6 Locks • 4 Bridges • 13hrs

Nieuwpoort - Leper - Veurne - Nieuwpoort

Short Break Return Trip • 4-5 Days • 75km • 8 Locks • 11 Bridges • 12hrs

Nieuwpoort - Deinze - Nieuwpoort

Return Trip • 1 Week • 200km • 4 Locks • 37 Bridges • 28hrs

Travel via Bruges, the capital of West Flanders, with its famous canals, cobbled streets and chocolate shops. Cruisel through beautiful country settings into mediaeval cities like Gent with its impressive Gothic architecture.

Nieuwpoort - Oudenaarde - Nieuwpoort

Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 350km • 15 Locks • 37 Bridges • 43hrs

Cruise through scenic Belgian countryside to historic Gent. Shop in chic boutiques, explore the castle, and the city centre. Your cruise brings you to Oudenaarde, famous for its tapestry making, good restaurants and the noted Belgian beers.

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