Located within a convenient two-hour drive from Calais in the UK, Wallonia is the captivating region of Southern Belgium that remains largely untouched.
Boasting awe-inspiring landscapes, charming cities and towns, a rich cultural heritage, magnificent chateaux and gardens, vibrant year-round festivals and carnivals, top-notch spa centers and golf courses, as well as thrilling outdoor activities for families, Wallonia offers an array of attractions.
The region’s culinary scene is a testament to its diverse gastronomy, showcasing a unique blend of flavors and ingredients influenced by various cultures throughout its vibrant history.
From delightful wines and cheeses to exquisite beers, Wallonia’s food offerings are a testament to its culinary prowess.
Cycling enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise in Wallonia, thanks to its well-established network of clearly marked trails spanning over 1,400 kilometers of safe roads known as the RAVeL network.
The region also has a number of cycle routes linked o each other by intersections known locally as ‘points-noeuds’. These types of routes are already well known in the Netherlands but Wallonia is catching up fast. A simple system of numbers and signposts at each intersection makes the different routes easy to follow.
Home to a multitude of chateaux and castles, Wallonia showcases an impressive range of architectural wonders, ranging from medieval fortresses perched on cliffs to opulent palaces.
These captivating structures boast enchanting landscaped gardens, secret underground passages, majestic moats, and picturesque turrets, making them well worth a visit.
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.
Belgian Tourist Office, Unit 5, Cumbrian House, 217 Marsh Wall, London, e14 9fj, United KingdomTel