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The best of Flanders — the Flanders Route

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The best of Flanders — the Flanders Route

Bike Touring Collection by VISITFLANDERS

15

Tours

58:58 h

601 mi

15,225 ft

If you are undecided about where to visit in Flanders, look no further: this” best-of” route takes in the region’s most beautiful sights from all angles. The Flanders Route (Vlaanderen Route) combines all your cycling aspirations in one journey. Whether it is taking in the view of rolling fields to iconic art cities or from historic villages to beautiful seascapes, it's all best enjoyed from the seat of a bike, with feet firmly planted on pedals with the wind blowing through your hair.

You’ll cycle through vast polders, moors and forests, orchards and sand dunes, as well as through picturesque villages and the most beautiful historic towns in the area. If you think Flanders is flat though, you're sorely mistaken: if you follow the inner-Belgian language border, you'll find yourself traversing the undulating terrain over the Brabant hills towards the Flemish Ardennes.

It is advisable that you take your time for the Flanders route, because believe us: it's worth it. How about a half-day ride through the polders, followed by a stroll through picturesque Bruges? Or cycling south of Brussels through the forested outskirts of the capital? It is, of course, entirely up to you whether you want to cycle the entire route around Flanders or simply tackle part of the route for a day trip.

There are endless possibilities and even more to enhance the trip. For example, an abundance of museums and churches, abbeys and gardens are available to visit; stop in old town centres and market squares; eat at award-winning restaurants with picturesque terraces or perhaps lesser- known spots where the locals also dine. In any case, end the day with a wonderfully refreshing beer in one of our many cycling-friendly pubs.

The route runs along quiet and safe roads. Dozens of kilometres of traffic-free paths, along rivers, canals and old railway tracks, await you too. This makes the route suitable for families with children, as well as for experienced cyclists.

Are you planning a longer trip? Then enjoy our hospitality in a charming B&B and get on your bike well-rested in the morning. So, what are you waiting for? Go for it!

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    Flanders Tour – Stage 1 – Nieuwpoort-Bad to Vivenkapelle

    Intermediate
    03:55
    40.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This adventure starts at the modern harbour in Nieuwpoort, which contrasts with the medieval architecture of the old town. You could easily come by boat or simply arrive by train.

    

    The hustle and bustle of Nieuwpoort barely hints at the idyllic tranquillity of the nearby polder villages of Ramskapelle

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  • Difficult
    03:51
    40.3 mi
    10.5 mph
    600 ft
    550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Discover the picturesque views along the 42-kilometre (26 mi) Bruges-Ghent Canal. Nowadays it's a peaceful route but for four centuries, its connectivity caused a major dispute between the two cities? In the 13th Century, Bruges built this link without the consent of the people of Ghent. Fortunately

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  • Intermediate
    04:00
    43.4 mi
    10.9 mph
    450 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Say goodbye to civilisation, at least for the next few kilometres. The route between Ghent and Mechelen, leads to the Schelde and Kalkensen marshes, a unique landscape and nature reserve. The meadows of the Kalkensen Meeren are intended as a buffer in case of flooding and provide marvellous landscapes

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    42.1 mi
    10.5 mph
    600 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this stage, you’ll travel through the second largest city in Belgium – Antwerp. But even though it’s one of the most important ports in Europe, the tranquillity and small-scale nature of the metropolis will enchant any visitor.

    

    A blend of tradition and modernity in this city will leave you wondering

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    39.5 mi
    10.4 mph
    500 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This stage is filled with gorgeous greenscapes and a smattering of history. We’ve placed a small Renaissance castle at the beginning and, at the end, fascinating relics of the Second World War.

    

    If you want to relax in between and have your swimwear with you, we also have a refreshing recommendation: De

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  • Intermediate
    04:31
    46.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    925 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    We've packed in a little bit of everything on this stage: some history, poignant memories and amusing anecdotes, a touch of tradition, a pinch of spirituality and endless nature.

    

    One of the highlights: A cycle through the treetops. This sensational circular route constructed several metres above the

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    41.7 mi
    10.4 mph
    850 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In this stage, we're going back to the more recent history of our country, cycling through the regions of Flanders that have probably been industrialised and changed the most – in both a negative and positive sense.

    

    Imagine if you’d cycled along here 150 or 200 years ago. You’d have experienced run-down

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    40.7 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Tongeren, Belgium's oldest town, is the start of today's ride before heading into the orchard of Flanders.

    

    In spring, it's a dream to cycle around Borgloon – the region is one of the main cherry-growing areas. In July, witness plantations bustling with activity, as this is when the cherry harvest in

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  • Difficult
    03:44
    37.1 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You’re still in one of the most fertile areas of Flanders. The Romans were well aware that the climate here was ideal for growing fruit, wine, grain and hops.

    

    This is also where one of the most famous blonde beers is brewed: Hoegaarden. But the name of the same place is not only famous for the finely

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    38.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You get to experience one of the five best destinations in Europe on this stage!

    

    European Best Destinations (EBD) selected twenty places that are worth a closer look, based on their cultural offerings , the quality of life in the city or region, and sustainable development. Alongside cities such as Rome

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  • Difficult
    03:45
    35.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today is the day for revealing some of the best-kept secrets around Flanders. This is knowledge that will get you ahead, if not on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, then at least on Trivial Pursuit.

    

    Where is the oldest Manneken Pis? Which horse has been officially recognised as Flemish intangible cultural

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  • Difficult
    03:55
    36.4 mi
    9.3 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this stage, we present some pretty steep sections to conquer and, for the real “Flandrien”, or “Flandrienne feeling”, some cobblestones also. But don't worry, if it gets too tough for you, you can always push your bike. We won't tell!

    

    We'll definitely squeal if you don't visit at least one of the

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    39.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Be sure to plan a longer break today, if not an overnight stay. Not because it will be too tough, but because we want to introduce you to a city that deserves more than a few hours' stay.

    

    It is one that is old in years and young at heart. A place to discover historical relics and lively places side by

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    39.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this stage, you’ll cycle along the former frontline route, past old battlefields where thousands lost their lives. It might have taken place a century ago but it’s important not to forget. History has no meaning if nothing is learnt from it, particularly in the light of recent world developments

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    39.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    350 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The finale! At the end of this stage, you'll have made it and you can be really proud of yourself.

    

    You'll have covered almost 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) and climbed 4,640 metres (15,200 ft) in 15 days, with just under 60 hours of solid riding time – not to mention the countless experiences along the way

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    15
  • Distance
    601 mi
  • Duration
    58:58 h
  • Elevation
    15,225 ft

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