Visiting Ghent in a Motorhome

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Exploring Ghent in a campervan or motorhome is like experiencing a harmonious blend of history, culture and flavours in the heart of Flanders. Whether you're passionate about mediaeval architecture, a chocolate lover or simply seeking some down time along the canals, Ghent will captivate you at every turn. Get ready to explore this dynamic city and its picturesque surroundings in a campervan, where every stop promises new discoveries.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the best platform for renting motorhomes between private individuals: Yescapa. There, you will surely find the vehicle of your dreams and can try it out for a cosy price!

Discovering Ghent in a Motorhome

Welcome to Ghent, the quintessential Belgian gem, perfect for a weekend getaway in a campervan or motorhome. Its century-old buildings with weather-worn brick facades and gabled roofs bear witness to a rich tradition of Flemish art. Wander through its streets steeped in history and fully enjoy this vibrant and charming city.

For a more immersive experience, consider discovering Ghent by bicycle. The city is perfectly suited for cycling, with dedicated bike lanes and many sites easily accessible on two wheels.

Day 1: History and Culture 

To start off the day with a bang, there's nothing like a cruise on the Lys and Scheldt rivers. In 50 minutes, you'll understand how Ghent prospered and even spot the best places to enjoy a good hot chocolate afterwards. Next, head to the majestic St. Bavo's Cathedral. This Gothic work of art, with its famous altarpiece, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, is a true gem worth visiting. Continue to the Castle of the Counts, an impeccably preserved mediaeval fortress. Not only will it immerse you in the region's thrilling history, it also offers breathtaking panoramic views from its ramparts. To top it off, climb (or take the lift) to the top of the Belfry of Ghent. The view from up there is simply spectacular!

For an authentic experience, opt for a stroll in the Patershol district and discover its picturesque charm. This historic neighbourhood is full of cobbled streets and charming houses that will transport you to a timeless atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to find unique shops and enjoy a coffee on a terrace while admiring the local architecture. For dinner, indulge in 't Klaverblad, one of the popular little restaurants in Patershol, to savour delicious Belgian cuisine. This warm and authentic spot guarantees a great gourmet evening before you spend the night in your campervan or motorhome!

Day 2: Art and Relaxation 

For history enthusiasts, dive headfirst into Ghent’s art and culture. Start at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, where a dazzling collection takes you from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. You’ll discover masterpieces of Flemish art as well as impressionist and modern works. Next door, the S.M.A.K., Ghent's municipal museum of contemporary art, is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. For those who prefer exploring the streets in the open air rather than museums, a stroll in the Predikherenlei district is a must. This neighbourhood is home to an open-air museum with its street art and colourful murals bringing the city to life.

In the afternoon, take a zen break at the Citadel Park. Sprawling green spaces as well as peace and quiet are on the agenda! To finish on a high note, a walk along the Graslei and Korenlei quays is a great way to end your day. These banks, steeped in history and atmosphere, will leave you with lasting memories. Admire the remarkable architecture of the merchant houses and experience the vibrant atmosphere of this lively district. It’s the perfect opportunity to take photos and soak in all the history.

For a touch of local delicacy, why not indulge in a cuberdon, a traditional cone-shaped sweet? This will make your stay in Ghent a real treat! Its crunchy exterior and tender, chewy centre will tickle your taste buds, adding a sweet note to your visit to Ghent in a motorhome.

Ghent's delicacies in a street foodtruck
Indulge in the local specialities of Ghent

Top Places to Visit in a Motorhome from Ghent

Bruges: The Venice of the North 

Just a 50-minute drive away from Ghent, Bruges is a must-see escape. Stroll along the canals lined with Flemish gabled houses and explore the mediaeval historic centre. The Burg Square with its City Hall and the Basilica of the Holy Blood are unmissable, as is the Groeninge Museum. For a breathtaking view, climb to the top of the Belfry before giving in to the temptations of Belgian chocolates and waffles waiting for you around every corner. A well-deserved reward!

Ready to explore Bruges in a motorhome? Check out our dedicated article!

Antwerp: The Diamond City 

Less than an hour's drive from Ghent, Antwerp is a vibrant city known for its port, Flemish architecture and artistic history. Visit the majestic Cathedral of Our Lady with its works by Rubens and stroll through the diamond district to feast your eyes. For a dive into the city's maritime history, the MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) is well worth a visit. Don't miss the Old Port, which offers stunning views of the Scheldt River and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal while watching the ships come and go. 

Brussels: Capital, Culture and Chocolate 

About 40 minutes from Ghent, Brussels awaits with its iconic monuments and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Walk on the Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where history seems to pulse beneath your feet. Discover the famous Manneken Pis and be charmed by the Royal Palace. Iconic museums such as the Magritte Museum and the Musical Instruments Museum are cultural treasures worth exploring. Treat yourself to fragrant chocolate and explore traditional breweries for a Belgian beer, a true reflection of the country’s culture and heritage. 

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Parking and Spending the Night in Ghent in a Motorhome 

Some Rules You Should Know

Before setting off to discover this city, there are a few details to know to avoid unpleasant surprises. For starters, Ghent is a Low Emission Zone (LEZ). Only vehicles meeting certain environmental standards can drive in the city centre without risking a heavy fine. 

To simplify your stay, opt for the P+R (Park + Ride) car parks on the outskirts of the city. You can park your camper van for free and hop on a tram or bus to reach the centre. And just like that, visiting Ghent in a campervan becomes a breeze! For an overnight stay, it’s always best to choose dedicated motorhome parks and campsites for added comfort. 

Parking on the Outskirts

With a total of 9 “Park + Ride” car parks, you have plenty of choice for visiting Ghent with your campervan, but these two are particularly recommended:

  • P+R Gentbrugge: Served by tram line 2 for access to the city centre P+R
  • Flanders Expo/The Loop: Served by tram 1, bus 77, bus 78, and offers shared bicycles

Motorhome Parks 

For a peaceful night in your motorhome, several motorhome parks and rest areas in and around Ghent welcome you:

Sports Centre Driebeek

With its eight comfortable spaces and all the necessary services, you’ll be well set up for the night. Just a stone's throw from the Gentbrugse Meersen nature reserve and close to public transport for exploring the centre of Ghent, it’s the ideal spot for a nature break before diving into the city's historical bustle. 

Price: €12 / night

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Camperterrein Beernem - Kanaaloever

Midway between Ghent and Bruges, Camperterrein Beernem is the perfect place to take a break along the way after visiting Ghent in a motorhome. Located along the canal, the marina and the Flanders bike path are nearby for a sporty break or a bike ride. 

Price: €10 / night

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Campsites

If you prefer a stay with maximum comfort at hand, Ghent also offers a few campsites around the city centre:

Camping Urban Gardens Blaarmeersen

Located just 20 minutes from the city centre, this campsite has a bar, food truck, playground and even a skate park. A shuttle takes you directly to the heart of Ghent, allowing you to enjoy the city without the stress of parking! 

Price: €35 / night

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Camping Groeneveld

Set in a peaceful natural setting while still only being 20 minutes away from Ghent, this campsite has a cosy bar, a fishing pond and bikes to explore the surroundings. A quiet place to recharge after a day of sightseeing. 

Price: €29 / night

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De Oude Kale Vallei Hoeve

About 30 minutes from Ghent, this farm campsite offers a rural and tranquil setting. All necessary facilities for camper vans are available to relax and enjoy outdoor life. 

Price: €25 / night

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A couple taking a break near the Scheldt during a bike ride
Pause near the Scheldt during a bike ride

In the Wild 

For nature lovers and wild camping enthusiasts, apps like Park4Night are your best allies when it comes to visiting Ghent by campervan and enjoying its surroundings. They’ll help you find spots in the great outdoors so you can enjoy an escape from it all. Imagine yourself, in your bubble, in the heart of nature, with nothing but the sound of birds chirping to keep you company. The true essence of vanlife!

You’re all set to visit Ghent in your campervan or motorhome! From mediaeval architecture and cultural treasures to peaceful canals, Ghent will charm you with every step you take. Rent a vehicle in Belgium on Yescapa, embrace the Flemish spirit and get ready to create memories throughout your journey!

Ellen M

Ellen M

Editorial Content Producer

Born into a multicultural background, Ellen is passionate about exploring the world through authentic travel and diving into different cultures. With a heart full of wanderlust and a pen always in hand, her adventures are fuelled by both a thirst for discovery and a love for storytelling!
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Baignée dans un environnement multiculturel depuis son plus jeune âge, Ellen est passionnée par la découverte du monde à travers des voyages authentiques et la rencontre avec d'autres cultures. Avec son cœur rempli d'envie d'ailleurs et sa plume toujours en main, ses aventures sont guidées à la fois par sa curiosité et son amour du storytelling !

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