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Introduction

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Flanders is one of the two main regions in Belgium and is the Dutch speaking part of the country, apart from the Brussels-Capital Area which is a French speaking enclave in Flanders. It covers roughly the northern half of the country and about 60% of the total population of the country.

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Provinces

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Sights and Activities

Coastline

Oostende Beach

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Although Belgium has only a short coastline and the weather may not be the same as in Southern Europe, there are some fantastic places to spend a day or so. The beaches are long with fine sand and the waters are safe and clean enough to swim in. The most visited towns and cities are Blankenberghe, Knokke-Heist, Ostebd and De Panne, although there are several more. Along the coast there is a tramline, which almost travels the entire length and the boulevards along the beaches are dotted with hotels, appartments and restaurants. Most people who visit these places are from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.

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Events and Festivals

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is an outdoor dancing event (festival) organized every year in the Flemish town of Boom since 2005. Famous DJ's that have been performing during the festival, held late July, are Fedde le Grande, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, DJ Tiësto, Carl Cox, Swedish House Maffia, Afrojack, Faithless and David Guetta. The festival is organized by ID&T, the same company behind the succes of the Dutch Mysteryland since 1993. There are different music styles with jump, groove, club and hardstyle being the most important ones. There are both campingfestivals as well as the main festival. If you stay on the camping grounds, you can also go to the campingfestival. Tomorrowland finishes with huge fireworks. The festival is gaining in popularity every year and starting with just one day in 2005, it extended into two days from 2007 and three days from 2011 onwards.

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Weather

Flanders has a mild climate with almost no extremes. Summers are relatively cool with average daytime temperatures around 20 °C, although temperatures of 35 °C are not impossible on some days and they can vary from one place to another. The coastal areas will generally not have temperatures over 30 °C, while more inland it can be 5 °C to 10 °C warmer. Winters, on the other hand, are mild, and temperatures below 0 °C during the day do not occur that often. A snow carpet lasting for more than a few days is relatively rare. The best months to travel around Flanders are probably May and June, when days are long and apart from occasional showers, rainfall is lowest. September is fairly good as well, although days are shorter. July and August can be good, if it weren't for the crowds on some places.

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Getting There

By Plane

Brussels Airport (BRU) is the primary international airport. It is located in the small town of Zaventem, near Brussels. It deals primarily with flights from and to European cities, although a number of African and Middle Eastern cities are serviced and Jet Airways provides flights from India and the USA.

The second major airport is Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL), which is used primarily for Ryanair flights. There are smaller international airports at Antwerp, Liège and Ostend. The latter two are primarily used for charter flights.

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