The Ardennes, situated in the south-east of Belgium, are one of nature's unspoilt areas, rich in fauna and flora, with vast forests of broadleaf and fir, hills and fast flowing rivers. Visitors can wander through the many picturesque villages nestling in the valleys where traditions and folklore still live on, and where the region's arts and crafts can be enjoyed.
Springtime in the Ardennes is the season for walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Horse riding, climbing and mountain biking are other examples of popular sports in the Ardennes. The keen mountaineer has an exciting choice of challenges. In Winter, the Ardennes are a fun paradise for downhill and cross country skiers, or perhaps you prefer tobogganing and snow scooter racing. There is action, even underground. Some of the caves are certainly worth a visit.
Amongst the greenery lie the silent witnesses of the past of the Ardennes, such as castles, forts and citadels. They come to life again during special events and displays where knights and their shield bearers turn the neighbourhood into a battlefield.
There are accommodation facilities to fit every budget. There is a choice of holiday cottages, shared accommodation, chalets and 'bed-and-breakfast' accommodation. Alternatively, why not spend the night in a beautifully stored castle?
The office for the promotion of tourism in Walloon provinces and Brussels
The heading 'Ardennes' on the web site of the Office de Promotion du Tourisme de Wallonie et de Bruxelles (OPT) is a rich source of information and inspiration for the tourist who is looking for a relaxing holiday in the south of Belgium: river tourism, nature reserves, regional produce, caves, golf, sport, taking a cure, cycling trips, brochures and lots more.
The most beautiful villages
Discover the most beautiful villages in the Walloon province on the Beaux Villages web site. You will first get a brief description of around twenty picturesque villages and then a virtual foretaste and photographs. Tips for hungry stomachs, overnight accommodation options and general information complete the site.
The Tourist Attractions web site, makes it easy for you to organise your trip perfectly. Every attraction on the website has a complete, information page.
Cyclists and hikers will find a network of green and safe routes on the 'Ravel of the Walloon region' website (fr).