The Tour of Flanders and Ghent are inextricably entwined. Did you know, for instance, that until 1976, Belgium’s best-known race started in Ghent every year? This historical city continues to be the ideal setting to cheer on the racers and experience the atmosphere of road cycling. Or perhaps you can cycle up the steep slopes and along the challenging cobbled roads yourself?

True to tradition, the Tour of Flanders takes place on the first Sunday of April. The ideal timing for a weekend break in Ghent, a very bicycle-friendly city, located not far from the finish in Oudenaarde. The Tour for amateurs, which is held on the Saturday before the race, is a must for cycling enthusiasts. Combine your visit to the Tour with a stay in Ghent and you’re guaranteed to have a fun and varied outing.