Lissewege, Flanders,©

Whitewashed cottages and an impressive ancient Gothic church in one of Flanders’ prettiest villages.

Just north of Brugge, Lissewege is a tiny conglomeration of whitewashed cottages nestled around an ancient Gothic church. It’s one of Flanders’ prettiest villages and home to a close-knit community of 2,700 inhabitants. However, this number can seem considerably greater during summer when groups of locals and tourists stop off for lunch during cycling tours of the surrounding polders. Visit at the beginning of September when the season is dying down and you’ll be able to wander its cobbled streets in peace. I guarantee you’ll start enviously eyeing up the ‘Te Koop’ (For sale) signs in some of the cottage windows.

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