Belgium's Scenic Routes: An Enchanting Road Tour Experience

  • Posted 9 months ago
  • Road/Touring

When one hears the name Belgium, one immediately thinks of delectable chocolates, waffles, beers, and intricate lace. However, there is one often-overlooked aspect of Belgium that has yet to be discovered: its scenic road routes. Whether you’re traveling alone or in a group, on four wheels or two, Belgium’s highways and byways provide the kind of serene beauty, rich history, and cultural tapestry that’s difficult to find elsewhere.

The Enchanted Ardennes

Begin your journey in the Ardennes, Belgium’s rolling green heart. With its dense forests, mysterious caves, and age-old castles, this region feels like something out of a fairy tale. A drive through the Ardennes is a journey through history as well as a visual treat. The winding roads, which pass through quaint villages with slate-roofed cottages and bustling market towns, tell stories from the past at every turn.

If you’re looking for adventure, the Ardennes has a lot to offer. Rent a kayak or go fishing in La Roche-en-Ardenne. Don’t miss the castle ruins that overlook the town and provide panoramic views that are a photographer’s dream.

The Coastline Chronicles

Moving north, Belgium’s coastline along the North Sea is only 67 kilometers long but full of scenic surprises. Blankenberge and Knokke-Heist are popular seaside resorts that are ideal for a relaxing afternoon. The flat coastal plains are a pleasure to drive through, with the cool sea breeze on one side and the peaceful countryside on the other.

Make a stop in the port city of Ostend between these beaches. Its royal and maritime history blends seamlessly with the contemporary urban spirit, earning it the nickname “The Queen of Belgian Seaside Resorts.” The Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum commemorates Belgium’s wartime history.

City Hops

Belgium’s cities are works of art in their own right. Begin in Bruges, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, and romantic canals make you feel as if you’re wandering through a living museum. Ghent, with its Gravensteen castle and vibrant nightlife, enchants in a different way.

Drive down to Brussels, the capital, which is a mix of classic and modern architecture. The Grand Place is a must-see, particularly during the Flower Carpet event, which occurs every two years. In contrast, the Atomium provides a futuristic contrast.

Another place to visit is Antwerp, Belgium’s diamond district. The city is not only known for its gems; it is also known for its fashion, arts, and the legendary Antwerp Zoo.

A Tryst with Art and History

For those deeply interested in history and art, the region of Wallonia in the south is a goldmine. Towns like Mons, with its Belfry, and Tournai, with its five-naved cathedral, are odes to the rich past and the cultural spirit of Belgium.

Concluding Your Journey

As your road trip concludes, make sure to indulge in the gastronomic delights of Belgium. From fries to chocolates, from waffles to beers, Belgium offers a culinary experience that complements its scenic beauty.

In essence, a road tour of Belgium is more than just a journey across distances; it’s a journey across experiences. The landscapes change from dense forests to flat coastlines, from bustling cities to tranquil towns, but what remains consistent is the aura of enchantment that Belgium casts on every traveler.

Whether you’ve come seeking adventure, history, culture, or just some quiet introspection, the Belgian roads promise a journey that you’ll cherish long after you’ve left its borders.

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