Belgium: 6 off-the-beaten-path vacation experiences to discover this summer
Updated: Sep 14, 2021
This summer, travel will most likely be in local colors...
To inspire you, we've put together a list of off-the-beaten-path experiences in the four corners of Belgium. The opportunity to discover little nuggets not far from home!
1. On the beer road - the tour of the most beautiful abbeys
With more than 1,600 varieties brewed in Belgium, our country is undoubtedly the land of beer! This is the opportunity to visit the places that make the reputation of our beautiful nation, and to taste your favorite beers.
Between an interactive brewing experience at the Espace Chimay, a guided tour of the Maredsous Abbey and its cheese factory, a tasting of Trappist beers in the establishments of the village of Rochefort, or a memorable day at the open house of the Orval Abbey, a tour of the most beautiful abbeys of the country will delight all hop lovers.
Take advantage of your excursion to stroll through the domains, these abbeys being for the most part situated in exceptional natural settings, it is a nice setting for an afternoon in the sun. Don't hesitate to make a detour to the microbreweries which often offer visits of their factory and tastings. It's an opportunity to talk with these passionate producers!
All the details concerning the visits can be found on the website of each abbey, such as: https://tourisme-maredsous.be/
2. Pedal in the trees and bike across the water at Bosland
For a cycling experience that will delight young and old alike - we invite you to discover the Bosland estate in the Limburg region. With its iconic bicycle bridges that allow you to cycle between treetops and across wide expanses of water, this is one amazing bike ride that awaits you! With its 2,000 kilometers of marked routes, this place offers you an unusual experience close to nature, suitable for cyclists but also for hikers. It is possible to rent bicycles on site and to take advantage of the numerous picnic areas to stop and enjoy a nice relaxing day.
For the more athletic, Bosland also has a 270 km mountain bike network that will take you through a variety of landscapes: from heather forests to sandy plains and beautiful country roads.
All the practical information to plan your visit is available on https://www.bosland.be/
3. A glamping experience in love in the Cabanes de Rensiwez
If you dream of a magical weekend in a natural and romantic setting - you will immediately be seduced by the concept proposed by the Cabanes de Rensiwez. This magnificent domain in the middle of the woods includes 18 cabins with a unique design, each one decorated with taste. You will be able to take advantage of your weekend to go for a walk in the region, to enjoy a copious breakfast which will be deposited in a basket each morning, to have an aperitif on your terrace, and to take a good Nordic bath. In short, the ideal place to recharge your batteries as a couple and fill up on good vibes. The strong point: a respectful approach of the environment and a warm welcome by the hosts of the domain!
To see all the cabins, go to the website: http://www.lescabanesderensiwez.be/fr/
4. A bucolic road trip on board a mini rover with "Takeaminibreak"
Takeawhat ? TakeaMiniBreak is the promise of an unforgettable road trip to discover our beautiful regions. It's on board a vintage Mini Rover that you can start your one-day adventure in the Belgian countryside! Armed with a road book, you will drive along the bucolic roads of Walloon Brabant and stop for a country lunch while discovering your picnic basket filled with tasty local products. A unique opportunity to discover the sensations of an old-fashioned driving combined with a moment of pure relaxation and freedom!
More information about this unusual road trip on https://takeaminibreak.com/
5. A nature hike in the Ardennes - the incredible rock of Hérou and the lake of Nisramont
For lovers of hiking, photography or simply beautiful landscapes, an escapade in the natural park of the two Ourthes has everything to please you! Located in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes, it is the ideal place for those in search of a natural escape. Various walking trails for all levels will take you to discover the most beautiful viewpoints of the region. The most majestic of them being the magnificent viewpoint of Hérou, or the one of Crestelles, which is also the starting point of a beautiful hike towards the Celtic fortress of Cheslé. For families, in addition to the walks, we recommend renting kayaks or packraft (inflatable canoe) to paddle on the lake of Nisramont to the dam. A real pleasure!
All the information on the walking trails is available on http://marando.be/
6. Gourmet itinerary in the Meuse Valley - discover our local products
For the epicureans in search of an unusual activity, we suggest you to go through the beautiful Meuse valley to taste its local products and meet its craftsmen and local producers who will open their doors to you. Cheeses, chocolates, wines, beers, fruits, juices, honey, ice creams and pastries, there is something for everyone!
A "wine route" is also available to discover the wine producers of the region, and can even be done by bike.
The 40km itinerary along the Meuse gourmande is available here : https://walloniebelgiquetourisme.be/fr-be/content/itineraire-gourmand-autour-de-namur-et-dinant
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