Travel to Wallonia, Belgium: useful information and recommended routes

Travel to Wallonia, Belgium: useful information and recommended routes

Wallonia is one of the three regions of Belgium . It is a French-speaking part of the country; in fact, the official language is French. This region deserves a visit because of its historical and cultural richness, including ancient villages, castles and resorts known as far back as Roman times.

The best way to explore this place is at your own pace. But if you like greener and more concrete tourism, you might be interested in the area’s full of biking trails. Here’s a little guide to Wallonia, Belgium: useful information and recommended routes!

Travel information: useful information, safety and required documents

  • Capital city: Namur.
  • Languages: French
  • Local currency: euros
  • Climate: temperate maritime type, due to the presence of the Atlantic Ocean, which affects the climate. Temperatures are moderate and high humidity all year round, with an average temperature of 20°C in summer and 5°C in winter.
  • Entry requirements: For EU citizens only an ID card is enough, neither a passport nor an entry visa is required.
  • Travel and health insurance: Recommended.

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Travel information: useful information, safety and required documents

Where is it located?

Wallonia occupies the southeastern part of Belgium, its capital city is Namur. It borders Flanders and the Netherlands to the north, Germany and Luxembourg to the east, and France to the south.

The region, in turn, is divided into 5 provinces: Walloon Brabant, Hainaut, Liège, Luxembourg and Namur.

7-day itinerary: by road between the main cities of Wallonia

  • First day: arrival at Brussels-Charleroi Airport; car rental and transfer to Namur (30 km), hotel accommodation and first city tour; overnight.
  • Day two: visit Namur, in particular the Citadel and the historic center: in the afternoon transfer to Dinant (28 km); hotel accommodation and overnight stay.
  • Day 3: visit to Dinant, known as the birthplace of the saxophone and Leffe beer; visit to the Citadelle de Dinant, the Leffe beer museum and Grotte de Dinant La Merveilleuse is a must; overnight.
  • Day four: departure for Liège, stop in Durbuy (50 km), a small museum town that will take a few hours of your time; in the afternoon leave for Liège (50 km from Durbuy), hotel accommodation and overnight stay.
  • Day five: visit Liège, in particular the historic center, the Montagne de Bueren staircase (the most famous in Belgium), La Batte market and the Cathedral of Liège; overnight.
  • Day six: daily excursion to Spa (40 km), famous spa town, known since Roman times, full of spas, ideal for a relaxing day; evening return to Liège and overnight stay.
  • Day seventh: morning in Liège; transfer to Brussels-Charleroi airport (85 km).
  • Price per person from: 800,00 €
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7-day itinerary: by road between the main cities of Wallonia

7-day itinerary: exploring the castles of Wallonia

  • First day: arrival in the morning at Brussels-Charleroi airport; visit Château de Belay (68 km), called the Belgian Versailles; transfer to Mons (25 km from the Château), city tour, hotel accommodation and overnight stay.
  • Day Two: Departure from Mons, morning visit to Château de Corroix-les-Châteaux (65 km); arrival after lunch in Namur (20 km from the castle), visiting the town and the Citadel; hotel accommodation and overnight
  • Day 3: day trip to Dinand (30 km from Namur), visiting the Citadel and the historic center; in the afternoon a second visit to the Chateau and the water gardens of Annévois-Rouillon; return to Namur (20 km from Annévois) and overnight.
  • Day 4: Departure from Namur; morning visit to Château de Veuve in the Huillet (45 km); transfer and lunch in Bouillon (50 km from Huillet), visit to the historic center and Château of Bouillon; accommodation and overnight stay.
  • Day five: departure from Bouillon in the morning, visit Château de Lavaux-Saint-Ann (45 km); transfer and lunch in Liège (85 km), visit to the city and the famous Mount Buren; accommodation and overnight.
  • Day Six: Departure from Liège; morning visit to Château d’Elysine (50 km); afternoon visit to Waterloo (60 km) and visit. memorial to the battle of 1815; evening transfer to Namur, hotel accommodation and overnight stay.
  • Day 7: last morning in Namur; afternoon transfer to Brussels-Charleroi Airport (35 km).
  • Price per person from: 1200,00 €

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7-day itinerary: exploring the castles of Wallonia

Wallonia: airfares, costs, best times and tips

  • Before visiting this wonderful area – before you leave, organize a very specific itinerary so that everything is planned, as it can be difficult to find something cheap in small countries.
  • The best way to explore Wallonia is by car. The roads are in good condition, and by car you can also get to the castles, which are a little more isolated, which you can’t do by train. If, on the other hand, you are going to visit cities, the train is also a good option for travel. Outdoor enthusiasts should know that Wallonia offers many cycling routes that last several hours through the cities and connect all the major points of the region.
  • Minimum duration of a tour to Wallonia: 7 days
  • Recommended base cities: Namur, Liège, Dinant.
  • How to travel: by car. The cost of renting a car starts at 40,00 euros per day. Alternatively you can also travel by train. Namur and Dinand are connected by direct trains (30 minutes, €4.90), and Namur and Liège (47 minutes, €9.10). There are 8 bicycle routes to explore the region more slowly and deeply.
  • Airfare: Brussels-Charleroi Airport is connected by various inexpensive lines. It is only 30 km from Namur and can be reached by direct train (36 minutes, from 7.50 euros) – flights from 50.00 euros.
  • Overnight accommodation: you will find many offers in the major cities, if you book in advance you can find affordable prices starting from 50,00 euros per room.
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Wallonia: airfares, costs, best times and tips

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The romance of the Middle Ages, picturesque towns, plenty of attractions, ancient thermal springs and tempting delicacies – this is just a rough list of what travelers from all over the world come to these five Belgian provinces, united into one region, the name of which is Wallonia. Here you will meet not only excellent service in hotels and restaurants, but also simply hospitable locals, who, incidentally, speak mostly French.

Wallonia is part of Belgium, which, unlike the Dutch-speaking Flanders, has legally adopted French as an official language. However, both the cultural and social sides of the region gravitate more toward France. However, there is also a lot of strikingly different and peculiar, which is due to historical events. For example, if we go deeper into history, we can learn that before the nineteenth century the name “Wallonia” did not exist at all, and the term was invented by the poet Grandhange – in contrast to the existing Flanders.

Wallonia – or the territory now so called – was controlled by the bishops of Liege from the tenth to the fifteenth century. During the reign of the Franks the region was also of great importance – the city of Tournai was the administrative center of the kingdom. From the late nineteenth century until about the middle of the twentieth century, Liege and Charleroi were important as major industrial centers, producing steel and coal. Later, when these sectors were no longer important in economic development, Wallonia began to develop information technology, and nowadays tourism is very important in its economy, thanks to its historical and cultural values. Copyright www.orangesmile.com

Walloon cuisine – which is fundamentally different from neighboring Flanders – has been heavily influenced by France. Wine is used as often in cooking as it is in French cooking, but instead of olive oil, more often butter, cow’s butter, is used. In the hunting season, in autumn and winter, game is popular, eaten with lingonberry jam or cream sauce with mushrooms. Also worth eating is the Ardennes ham. A popular variant in the region is French fries, the local version being fried in grease and thicker slices. For a quick snack you can get a mitrayet, a baguette filled with fried meat, french fries and sauce.

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Cheese is a chapter in traditional Walloon cuisine. Try Erw cheese, named after a Walloon commune, limburger, remoudou, flopef, orval. Of course, you can’t do without chocolate in Belgium. Chocolate sweets – with liqueur filling, marzipan, nuts, truffles. It is also worth trying the Liège waffles, which, unlike the rectangular Belgian ones, have an oval shape and contain pieces of caramel inside. The sweet syrup made from apples and pears in Liège is also quite tasty. Beers in Wallonia sometimes contain rice, sugar, honey and pieces of fruit in addition to the usual beer ingredients.

The Ardennes is a mountain system, which is the main attraction of the region. The beautiful mountains with their gentle curves are covered with evergreen trees, and next to them there are picturesque valleys riddled with mountain streams. Such a beauty! The mountain range, whose name was given by the famous commander Caesar, bear the imprint of the fierce battles of the two world wars, you can learn more about the events by getting out on one of the excursions offered here on the historical sites. You can also simply hike the route of your choice of difficulty if you come to Wallonia in the summertime.

However, the man-made attractions of Wallonia are no less interesting. Be sure to visit the small town of Dinan whose central part sits on the steep banks of the Maas and welcomes travelers with medieval monuments. Do you like beer? There’s a whole museum devoted to this drink, which is not surprising, as this is where the famous Leffe Abbey is located, where the namesake beer was brewed.

Definitely worth a visit in the ancient city of Bastogne, the first mention of which dates back to the seventh century. The Old City is beautiful with its architecture and museums. And of course, you must not miss the stunning Liège. A simple walk around the city will give you lots of pictures and even more impressions, and you should end the day in one of the restaurants with Walloon cuisine. The main attraction in Liège is the city cathedral.

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The administrative center of Wallonia is a very small town Namur (population about a hundred thousand people). Such a small and incredibly cozy town is quiet and calm so you can easily walk and see all the sights. You can see the Fortress of Namur, visit the Cathedral and the seventeenth century butchers’ hall which is now a museum of archeology. In general, every house in Namur is a piece of history and a real work of art.

A special chapter in a trip to this Belgian region is a visit to a spa. Forget everything you knew about spa treatments from city beauty salons and beauty parlors. The Spa of Wallonia is a spa town whose healing powers were already known to Roman legionaries and later to eminent personalities from around the world, among whom was even the Russian Emperor Peter the Great. The tradition of water therapy in Spa is more than a thousand years old.

To get to Wallonia from another country, it is better to come to Brussels, because the airport there takes flights from all European countries, as well as from Russia, China and African countries. From Brussels you can get to Namur by train. Travelling by car? Since the borders between European countries are relative and the distances are not that far, you can easily travel to Wallonia from all neighboring EU countries. Look out for the E25 and E42.

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