There are two popular times to travel to Ghent – winter and summer.
The winter months are a great time to visit, as the city is in festive mode with various events and celebrations. The Light Festival Ghent, which usually takes place at the end of January to the beginning of February, is a magical event which sees the city lit up after dark with a number of ingenious light installations and performances. This is also the perfect time to get any last minute gifts at the Christmas Market or put on some skates at the Open-air ice rink. Throngs of tourists will be flocking to the city during this time, so flights to Ghent and accommodation is likely to be at a premium.
June to August is another prime visiting time, as the sun is shining and temperatures are at their warmest, around 13 to 22 degrees Celsius.
Although there’s no bad time to visit, you’ll have a better chance of finding a cheap flight to Ghent and lower hotel rates during the quieter months of October, (early) November, (end) February and March.
A flight to Ghent will transport you to a city steeped in history: In addition to serving as the birthplace of Charles V, one of the most notable monarchs in European history and former Holy Emperor of the Roman Empire, Ghent is where the Treaty of Ghent was signed to conclude the War of 1812. This Belgian city, located in the province of Flanders, is home to majestic castles that have been standing since the 15th century.
Ghent was once the largest cloth producer in Europe and the largest medieval city after Paris, but today these beautiful stone backdrops provide a quaint setting for one of Belgium’s most underrated cities. Ghent normally takes a backseat to Bruges and Brussels, but visitors will find plenty to do here throughout their stay: Ghent hosts a milieu of marvellous festivals over the course of the calendar year, including the Gentse-Feesten each July and the International Film Festival of Flanders every October. Even if there’s no party scheduled for the dates coinciding with your holiday, the countless museums, cafes and cultural events are sure to make your visit to Ghent one you’ll never forget.
You’re bound to encounter mild conditions in this Belgian city: Seasons tend to ease into each other with the transitional periods of autumn and spring acting as temperate buffers for Ghent’s cold winters and warm summers. November-January temperatures rarely dip below freezing and hover closely to 4 degrees Celsius, while June-August highs only reach up to 22 degrees Celsius on the hottest days.
Travellers can explore the city on foot, by taxi or by renting a bicycle or Vespa. There is also a well organised and comprehensive network of trams and buses.
Visitors can’t get a direct flight to Ghent, as the city doesn’t have an airport, so the best option is to fly to Brussels Airport (BRU). From here travellers can either get a direct train or bus to the centre of Ghent.