Rough diamond Ghent
The renowned travel magazine 'Condé Nast Traveler' puts Ghent at number one on the list of eight 'rough diamonds outsider destinations'. "These destinations are often more accessible, cheaper, more adventurous and off the beaten track", it says on the magazine's website.
Ghent is described as one of the most underestimated treasures in Western Europe, between cosmopolitan Brussels and medieval Bruges. The Ghent canals are compared to the canals in Amsterdam. The rich history of this city of Artevelde is also mentioned, while at the same time it manages to have a modern feel to it. The 'Gentse Feesten', the annual summer festival combining music, street theatre and a fair is thoroughly recommended.
The list continues with Tulum (Mexico), Frankfort (Kentucky, US), Victoria (Canada), Santa Rosa (California, US), Waterbury (Vermont, US), Granada (Nicaragua) and Lafayette (Louisiana, US). So Ghent is the only overseas city on the list.