Ghent is situated in the heart of East Flanders. The city is therefore the perfect base for exploring its verdant surroundings. The five adjoining areas – Lys Valley, Meetjesland, Waasland, Scheldeland and the Flemish Ardennes – each have their own specific characteristics and count numerous museums, monuments, churches, gardens and beguinages among their many attractions.

The river Lys winds its way through the picturesque landscape to the west of Ghent (the Lys Valley). Internationally renowned painters here found the peace and inspiration they needed to create some of their finest works.

For more information visit the East Flanders Tourist Office and their website on www.tov.be (available in Dutch).