Bruges is a city in the north-west of Belgium. It is a centre of tourism (thanks to its historic medieval city centre) and of commerce (thanks to its port, Zeebrugge). Because of its canal-based system, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North".
Perhaps due to its Gothic architecture, the city is called Brujas (= Witches) in Spanish. The truth is, however, the city name has nothing to do with women popularly believed to possess magical powers and devoted to the practice of sorcery. The original name of this city is Bryggia, which probably comes from the Old Norse Bryggja, meaning "landing stage" or "port".