That doesn’t mean the city hasn’t evolved, however. In the past half century, Ghent has transitioned from a rough, industrial city to become one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. The old factories have given way to a vibe that is bursting with energy, courtesy of the city’s creative talents and port. There is a huge range of cafés, restaurants and cultural centres. Ghent’s impressive museum quarter contains MSK, SMAK and STAM. The Ghent Festivities offer a ten-day city festival like no other. Ghent is a secret worth discovering.