This blog post was updated on December 18, 2019.
When it comes to art, literature, food, and of course, love, it’s easy to say France has it all. But while trying to decide whether a trip to France or Belgium would be best, you may find yourself facing a hard choice. Both European countries are rather close to one another, so distance shouldn’t be the deciding factor when choosing your holiday destination. Read the following points on each country to help you come to a final decision on where to travel next for a European getaway.
Jet set to France if…
You’re a romantic
The city of love has much to offer when it comes to creating a romantic setting. From the quaint streets of Paris to the Eiffel Tower, you’ll find love everywhere you turn. Whether you’re traveling with that special someone, solo, or with a pal, sparks radiate throughout the country. Bite into some flaky pastries, order a fine glass of wine, and take a stroll down the narrow alleyways of Montmartre — and you’ll feel the romance stirring within you.
You have a taste for wine and champagne
Red, white, bubbly? Whichever is your drink of choice, you’ve come to the right place. Taste the finest wines and champagnes while you’re in France by taking a tasting tour through some of the most incredible Champagne houses in the country. The Champagne region offers a variety of bubbly to taste so pace yourself and don’t drink it all at once!
You’re ready to dig in
Buttery, sweet, and savory is just a small description of what cuisine in France is like. Try coq au vin (a dish made with chicken, wine, lardons, and mushrooms) for dinner; or steak frites (steak and fries) for lunch; and of course, the heavenly croissants that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. And, don’t leave France without ordering a sweet crepe and some macarons — you won’t regret the calories!
Museums and art galleries are your thing
If you have an interest in art, France has enough to keep you entertained for an entire stay. Gaze at pieces on display at The Louvre, admire the great works by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas, and Renoir at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Visit the Monet House and Gardens in Giverny where Claude Monet lived and worked. Join a tour to further your knowledge of the artwork in the galleries and museums.
Travel to Belgium if…
Beer is your preferred beverage
Discover your new favorite beer while you visit the endless breweries and pubs while in Belgium. Take a tour or ask the locals to learn more about Belgium ale and where you can take the best tours of breweries.
You enjoy music festivals
Love music festivals? Perfect! Belgium hosts some of the world’s largest music festivals. From the biggest EDM festival in the world (Tomorrowland) to Rock Werchter, every music-loving traveler will find an event they’ll enjoy. When attending a festival, prepare to stay for a few days by camping or booking a hotel for a few nights.
Touring castles interests you
Belgium’s the perfect destination to take a tour of the massive castles that sit on the mountaintops. One of the larger castles to visit is Granvensteen in Ghant. This 10th-century castle is now a museum open to visitors to explore the grounds and learn some history while on a tour. Do some research before you go if you’re interested in visiting a number of other castles in Belgium.
You’re ready to venture to different types of cities
Pack your walking shoes if you’re up for some sightseeing! There’s much to explore in Belgium and taking day trips to different cities is a breeze. Head to Brussels to see the Grand Palace in the city’s center, do some shopping, and stop at a pub for a mid-day drink. Bruges is another popular city to visit for its medieval architecture. Look at the city of Mechelen from the top of St. Rombout Cathedral for major views.