On the Flemish plain, 9 km from Dunkirk
and Malo les Bains beaches, 15 km from the Belgian border and 40 km from the
entrance to the Channel Tunnel, Bergues opens its gates to you.
Still entirely encircled by
nestling at the foot of its belfry and the hill which gave its name, Bergues Saint-Winoc is one of those Flemish towns on which time seems to have made no
impression. No doubt that its rich heritage, refined local
environment will detain the passing tourist in "the other Bruges of Flanders"…
As in days gone by, life here is
punctuated by the sound of chimes sounding every quarter of an hour, or -with
all 50 bells- sounding the Monday morning market or the traditional festivals
such as the carnival (Sunday in Lent),
Palm Sunday (a major agricultural fair) or during the "
Alouettes, anno 1585 " (a night show organized at the end of April and beginning
Do not forget to visit Flanders nearby: this flat region
punctuated with big villages of brick houses and gigantic churches, and
criss-crossed with canals and waterways, where chapels or little bridges line
the roads, and which still lead you here and there to a mill or a tavern.