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Antwerp, Belgium


The adventure began in Antwerp – the starting port for the Tall Ships Races 2016. This diverse city hosted the event for the sixth time since 1993.

Antwerp is a pocket-sized metropolis and Europe’s second-largest port. It’s a melting pot of cultures, with 164 different nationalities living and working within it.

Located in the heart of Europe, Antwerp is Belgium’s second-biggest city, with a penchant for vibrant fashion, entertainment and architecture. It was also voted one of the top 10 most attractive and enjoyable cities in the world by Lonely Planet in 2009.

Between the 10th and 20th centuries, Antwerp was heavily fortified. It went on to suffer extensive bomb damage during the Second World War. Sadly, little remains of its defences today.

The city of Antwerp was awarded the Bronze Award at the BEA 2017 Awards as a recognition of the great success of the Tall Ships Races 2016 event.

Antwerp boasts impressive architecture, including a riverside fortress and a dramatic cathedral. Many of the city’s great landmarks, such as its historic zoos and beautiful religious buildings, are open to everyone.

During its history, Antwerp has been a hub of art, power and affluence… and this larger-than-life personality hasn’t worn off over the years. Despite several historical disasters, the city has evolved into a vibrant cultural centre.