Aside from the fabulous beer and fries, there is a tradition that you must take part in to have the full Belgian experience; Biking. Biking is one of the main forms of transportation in Belgium and has been integrated into the culture and daily life of Belgians around the country. From small towns to big cities, you cant go far without seeing a happy biker. And for good reason, there are bike paths EVERYWHERE in Belgium. Biking is also the secret to how they stay skinny with all those fries 😉
While visiting the notoriously picturesque city of Bruges I headed outside of the city center to try out Biking. My travel companions and I opted for a 34KM (21 mile) day trip from Bruges to the small town of Sluis. Who doesn’t want the bragging rights of biking to another country?! This is also quite a good ‘beginners’ bike ride. The Netherlands (Literally called Pays Bas – Low Country in French) are a very flat country making this ride even suitable for those nursing a hangover .
We headed out around 11 to grab our bikes and start our journey to Holland. This was perfect because by our halfway point were hungry and ready for lunch. We stopped in the adorable town of Damme which was just shy of directly in the middle of our trip.
After devouring some delicious bread, and soup that tasted like it was made with pure love we headed back off to cross the border.
After crossing the border Sluis is just 2 Km away! Sluis, is a small but very cute town in the Neatherlands. Originally Sluis was a port of Bruges, nowadays it is a popular destination with tourists looking to nab a taste of Holland. Visit a windmill, try pancakes, eat some fresh Zeeland (Sea-Land, the name of the region) fish , snack on some traditional cheese, or take a look at some of the sex shops that the Netherlands are famous for. We opted for pancakes and coffee before heading back to Brugge.
PS – I visited Sluis again and found a fresh fish market that has a cafeteria style restaurant and the food is not to miss. I would bike there again just for the fish and chips at Fieret’s Fish Market.
Have you been on some killer biking day trips? I would love some suggestions for the next time I’m on two wheels!