Last year, at the ripe old age of 22, I finally took a leap of faith and agreed to go on my first ever holiday abroad without my family. Now, I know the average UK teen will of achieved this around the time they turned 18, but a quick trip to Ibiza to get boozed up isn't on my bucket list and a short P&O Minicruise to Bruges sounded much more pleasant and a lot cheaper!
I'd never heard of a minicruise before and was a little unsure of what to expect. The short time we'd actually be able to experience Bruges worried me, I was anxious to make the most of my trip and the prospect of having only a few hours in the city was dull. Despite my worries I boarded the ferry at Hull, UK to endure a night playing bingo and tucking into the 'all-you-can-eat' buffet (which was actually fantastic considering it was on a boat!)
When we landing in Bruges the weather wasn't great, but as a group of ladies from Yorkshire we embraced the elements and ventured in the city. My first impression of Bruges was familiarity, it reminded me of York back home in the UK, and after a little Googling this is not surprising considering both cities age.
With just one day to explore we quickly decided what we wanted to see, do and eat. Here's my guide to exploring Bruges in a day;
A medieval tower found in the centre of Bruges. As one of the cities must sees we headed here first to find lower than expected entry charges. The steep climb was also unexpected as the top of the tower stands a might 366 steps tall.
When grabbing a bight to eat there really was no other option. We found an adorable cafe and tucked into our traditional Belgian waffles. I had mine with chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, it was so tasty I forgot to snap a picture! MMMH!
A nice relaxing boat ride is the perfect way to discover more of the city whilst giving your feet a well needed rest! Get to know your driver a little for local knowledge including the best chocolate shop around!
The beer wall
After a jam-packed day of heights, food and sight-seeing we made way for the famous beer wall (also known as 2be). If strong Belgian beer is what you're looking for, the beer wall is a must see!
After only spending a short time in Bruges on my Minicruise I've decided that I shall one day revisit. I'd love to hear your must sees in Bruges, share them in the comments!