Easily accessible from the UK well under 2 hours’ drive from Calais, the mainly French-speaking region of Wallonia is one of the most unspoilt areas of Belgium, with breath-taking landscapes, picturesque cities and towns, a fascinating heritage, wonderful chateaux and gardens, colourful year-round festivals and carnivals, first-rate spa centres and golf courses, and exhilarating family and outdoor activities.
The diversity of its unique gastronomy, wines, cheeses and beers has evolved from a successful combination of the many flavours and ingredients introduced over the years by the many different cultures that have influenced its colourful history.
High on the agenda in Wallonia with an established network of well sign-posted trails (RAVeL network with over 1,400 km of safe roads)
Home to hundreds of chateaux and castles, from cliff-based medieval fortresses to residential palaces. The chateaux of Wallonia have much to offer: breathtaking landscaped gardens, underground passageways, moats and turrets – all well worth a visit too.
Wallonia is also all about having family fun and is packed with plenty of attractions, from magical underground caves such as the Domain of the Caves of Han situated at the heart of Belgium’s first Geopark to the “spacial one” at the Eurospace Centre. Plus of course, Belgium’s rising star attraction: Pairi Daiza Park, undoubtedly Belgium’s most spectacular animal park with over 4000 animals many free roaming and living in a natural environment.
Last but not least its historical sites: Wallonia has been at the forefront of Western Europe’s greatest power struggles for the last 200 years: the Napoleonic campaign of 1815 and the two World Wars. Its town and cities are steeped in poignant military history which changed the course of Europe forever.