‘Brussels-on-Sea’ a summer success
Over a half a million people visited Brussels-on-Sea, or Brussel Bad, an event intended to recreate the atmosphere of the seaside at the heart of the European capital.
The ‘beach’ was created on the banks of the Willebroek canal in central Brussels.
Visitors were able to relax in deckchairs on pavement cafés set up amid sand that had been brought specially into the Belgian capital. Other activities included beach sports, games, and events throughout the summer.
The organisers are happy with the large crowds that were attracted by the inland beach. More people visited Brussels-on-Sea this year than last.
The mayor of Brussels, Freddy Thielemans, wants to extend the event by two weeks next year.
Visitors, though more numerous, spent less this year, a result of the economic downturn.
No incidents were reported during the entire summer.