An open, university, cultural, and shopping city, as well as being a ‘Handycity’ since 2006, Ottignies-Louvain-La-Neuve is a destination unlike any other. It bubbles with life and projects and offers country charm with urban advantages thanks to its accessibility, museums, theatre, shops, sport centre, and the friendliness of its markets, pedestrian streets, and green trails.
Louvain-la-Neuve, was designed and built with the idea of making the city accessible to all: a totally pedestrian centre of town and an approach to accessibility and mobility that takes account of all population segments, whatever their age or disability. The tourist office offers activities and walks open to senior citizens, children, families, and people with disabilities. The museums offer activities open to various groups, e.g., children and the visually impaired, without forgetting site accessibility for people with reduced mobility and children in pushchairs.
Marche-en-Famenne is situated in the Wallonian region, between the valleys of the Lesse and Ourthe rivers. This regenerated town, in close proximity to Brussels, Maastricht and Liege is today a thriving economic zone. The municipality consists of the town of Marche along with 12 surrounding villages. Combining rural traditions with a vibrant urban feel, the destination offers a unique blend of the old and new. The town of Marche is known for its stunning architecture, museums and historical churches. Strolling through the old town is an absolute must and a perfect way to discover more about the region’s history.
In the middle of three different natural regions (Famenne, Ardenne and Condroz), the area also offers ample opportunities to get away from city life. Cycling and hiking are just two of the many options for those seeking an active holiday.
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The Lakes of Eau d’heure
Located in the south-western Belgium, the Lakes Eau d’Heure is a true hidden European treasure. Its unique feature is the balance between man-made lakes and precious natural heritage. It is an ideal place for an aquatic holiday – swimming, rowing, kayaking and windsurfing and other activities are offered at this destination. Taking a tour on the ‘Red Crocodile’ – an amphibious bus which travel on land and water, is an unforgettable experience!
Viroinval Nature Park
Viroinval Nature Park is located in the south-west of Belgium. In 2009, it was awarded the title of European Tourist Destination of Excellence in protected areas. Located in Belgium's heartland the Viroinval Nature Park offers exceptional landscapes, plant life and wildlife with little or no noise pollution. The region is home to no sort of industry besides farming, therefore the local municipalities over the past decade have focused on giving visitors a true walk into the area's history. Timeless landscapes and scenery, along with the amazing local cuisine demonstrate why the park is an attraction dedicated to nature.
Ath is located in western Belgium. In 2008, it was awarded the title of European Tourist Destination of Excellence in Intangible Heritage. The Belgian destination has an irresistibly beautiful old city centre which plays host to the medieval festival with a masquerade procession of giants and is surrounded by two attractive nature reserves, the “Hills” and the “Slopes” of the Escaut.
Durbuy is located in the southern part of Belgium. In 2007, it was awarded the title of Best Emerging European Rural Destination of Excellence. Located in southern Belgium, at the foot of the Ardennes, Durbuy enjoys all the benefits of rural life and offers a widespread network of nature trails through unspoilt forests.