In summertime Ghent is fizzing with life. Squares, café terraces and restaurants are abuzz with people. Students enjoy a day off or a break from their studies on the Graslei. The summer events, markets and neighbourhood parties colour the city. Tourists love to spend the weekend here discovering the hidden delights of our city.

When it comes to culture, this summer promises to be a hot one. The photography festival 80 Days of Summer will be back at various locations. The highlight of the summer is the Ghent Festivities. The city’s largest popular cultural festival unites young and old in the city centre for ten days.

If you need to cool off a bit, try our open-air swimming pools or one of the many leafy parks. Please note swimming and diving is not permitted in the inland waterways and yacht marinas.

A boat trip on the rivers and canals in Ghent is another great way to chill out. Or what about a delicious cocktail? Enjoy the summer in Ghent!