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Belfry Tower, De Halve Maan Brewery & Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges, Belgium

Best things to do in Bruges Belgium - Shane Mahoney - Bruges Belfry by NoName_13 on Pixabay

Bruges Belfry Tower. Photo by NoName_13 on Pixabay.

I’m really excited to interview Shane Mahoney of Lugos Travel about Bruges, Belgium. Shane’s tips for the best things to do in Bruges are awesome because he is a luxury travel agent that creates incredible experiences for his clients. One of his favorite destinations is Bruges because its canals and waterways are so idyllic and charming.

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The Basilica of the Holy Blood in Market Square Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Basilica of the Holy Blood in Market Square Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bruges, Belgium

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Bruges, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.


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Best things to do in Bruges Belgium - Shane Mahoney - Artisan chocolates from Chocololino by Antonio Sessa on Unsplash

Artisan chocolates from Chocololino. Photo by Antonio Sessa on Unsplash.

Getting around Bruges

The local airport is Brussels Airport (BRU), which is about an hour and fifteen-minute drive to Bruges. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Shane says there’s no need to rent a car in Bruges because the train system is robust and on time. The city itself is also very walkable, so it is easy to get around once you’re there. If you do decide to rent a car for business or personal reasons, click here for the best rental car offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Bruges Belgium - Shane Mahoney - Provincial Court by Elijah G on Unsplash

Provincial Court. Photo by Elijah G on Unsplash.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Shane Mahoney about Bruges, Belgium. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Bruges, Belgium
  • Green dots = best things to do in Bruges, Belgium
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Bruges, Belgium

Who is Shane Mahoney?

Shane Mahoney is a serial entrepreneur who has been in the luxury travel industry for over ten years. He has dedicated his life to connecting and re-connecting loved ones by crafting travel experiences that surprise and delight his clients. Shane has lived in exotic locations such as Spain, Borneo, and Australia and traveled to over 22 countries worldwide.

He has a thirst for adventure and has driven Baja trucks, gone Paragliding, Parachuting, and high-speed rollerblading at over 50 miles per hour. Shane’s greatest passion is to create excitement in other people’s lives and to foster great relationships through the power of travel while streamlining the traveling process making it stress-free and enjoyable.

Best things to do in Bruges Belgium - Shane Mahoney

Here are a few articles that he’s written:

You can connect with Shane on his website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Download our one-page guide of Shane’s tips for Bruges.

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Our Lady of the Church Museum reflections. Photo by Heiko on Pixabay.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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