If you’re visiting Belgium, make sure to check out its many charming villages and towns. From Wallonia to Flanders, Culture Trip explores the country’s most beautiful places, each rich in culture, history and natural landscapes.
Located at the very south of Belgium in the Gaume region, Torgny has its own sunny microclimate, which means it’s one of the best places in the country to cultivate vines. Surrounded by orchids and vineyards, the houses here are stunning but quite unusual for the area. The buildings are mostly ochre-coloured sandstone cottages with pinkish roofs that are reminiscent of southern France. Always bathed in sunshine, this relaxing village is one of the prettiest in Wallonia.
Without a doubt, Bouillon is the most important tourist hub in the Semois Valley. It is home to a perfectly preserved 10th-century medieval castle that overlooks the town. This castle is one of the oldest and most fascinating remains of feudalism in the country. There are also many walking paths, specially designed and marked if you want to explore the valley. You can also go on a beer sampling tour at the brewery of Bouillon, Le Marché de Nathalie, located in a shop that has around 300 beers on offer.
Situated in Flanders, Oud-Rekem is the typical charming Belgian village. It is then no surprise that it was named the Most Beautiful Village in Flanders by Tourism Flanders. The village itself is not very big, but there are many lovely winding streets and picturesque buildings. What makes Oud-Rekem interesting for visitors is the nature that surrounds it. There are bike routes where people of all ages can take in the tranquillity and serenity.
Located along the Belgian coast, De Haan is a charming little village and also one of the country’s best beach resorts. The village has maintained its 1930s architectural style and charm, with the majority of houses being stunning white villas. In this relaxing village, outdoor activities abound. These include nice walks around the area, playing beach volleyball, building sandcastles, swimming and biking on the seafront.
Crupet is one of the most picturesque villages in Wallonia, with its central area dominated by the impressive Grotto of Saint Anthony of Padua. Designed by Father Gérard, the local curate, and inaugurated in the summer of 1903, the grotto features 22 religious statues, many of which depict scenes from St Anthony’s life. The village’s 13th-century medieval castle is also a must-see.
Known as the Pearl of the Ardennes, Spa is a beautiful Belgian town located in a wooded valley in the middle of undulating hills and numerous springs and rivers. Many travellers head here for a true spa experience, enjoying hours of blissful relaxation at the hot swimming pools, geysers, bubbling water cannons, bubble seats and more. The water at the Thermes de Spa comes straight from the Clementine Spring and is full of natural minerals known to be good for cleansing the skin.
Located in Wallonia, Aubechies is one of the most beautiful villages in the area. Aubechies is home to the Archaeosite and Museum of Aubechies, which is dedicated to the historical period ranging from pre-history until Roman times. It’s the biggest archaeological open-air museum in Belgium. Aubechies is also home to a Romanesque church, a village town hall and a school.
Situated along the Meuse River, Dinant is a picturesque town once home to the talented Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. His house remains open to visitors, where you can learn more about the invention of this musical instrument in a fun and original setting. You can also visit the Citadel of Dinant and the 13th-century Collegiate Church of Our Lady, as well as taste the delicious local hard biscuit, couque de Dinant.
Ath is most known for its Ducasse festivities, which take place every summer. On the fourth weekend in August, gigantic figures representing Samson, Goliath and a couple of other allegoric figures parade through Ath’s streets, and a reenactment of the wedding of Goliath and the fight with David are performed. The town is also home to a beautiful 12th-century tower, a 17th-century town hall and stunning Gothic-style churches.
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