Once filled in to make room for the almighty car, the Lower Scheldt has today been restored to its former glory. Bridges and parks, cosy pavement cafés and a wonderfully restored art deco swimming pool all make up one of Ghent’s most beautiful (new) little corners.
A red naked girl is sitting on a wooden construction in the water near the Van Eyck swimming pool. The locals have dubbed her “the Ghent Lorelei”. The girls with the headphones is a work by sculptor Johan Meirlaen, who used a small boat one night to put the sculpture on the wooden pier. During the first few days, no-one knew who the artist behind the work was, but now Johan Meirlaen's red girl is an integral part of Portus Ganda.
Drop anchor at Portus Ganda, less than a kilometre from the heart of the city. You will find all the facilities you need in the splendid Van Eyck swimming baths.