Proposal for this summer: Ghent

The place where the Emperor Charles V was born deserves a visit. Or two. Or even three

The hometown of Emperor Charles V attracts, traps and subjugates. Its streets are an ode to monumentality and harmony. And most important of all: when you leave, you will promise to return. And knowing that you will.

It can be said that Ghent is different from everything, to all cities; and that his people are proud and rebellious. So much that they did not last to rise up against their most illustrious compatriot, who stifled a revolt forcing his leaders to walk towards his palace with a rope around his neck. Over time, this fact would become the tradition of the Stroppendragers, which you can remember here:


A walk through Ghent

At a minimum, Ghent requires two days to appreciate and assimilate it as it deserves. Yes, its historical center is small and many of its tourist attractions are concentrated in it, but there are many things to see, a lot to breathe in a city full of life.

What to see in Ghent? In particular, the Cathedral of San Bavón, in which the future Carlos V was baptized before the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a reference work of Flemish painting; the belfry (Belfort), from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city; or the Graslei and Korenlei docks, which preserve the soul of merchants from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. And if you want to take a boat trip around Ghent, you know you’re in the right place to do it; and the San Miguel Bridge, from which you will possibly observe one of the best panoramas in all of Europe.

And do not forget to taste the tournedó type meat and, of course, the local beer. Essential!

SOURCE: El Rincón de Sele

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