The region of Flanders in Belgium is undoubtedly a paradise for cyclists. Especially on the coast and in the near-natural province of Limburg, recreational cyclists will find ideal conditions. A well-developed network of cycle paths runs through the whole country, cafés, restaurants and pubs care for your physical well-being on the way, while idyllic landscapes form the perfect backdrop for relaxing hours. There is also a lot to see and experience: Charming villages and historic towns, beaches and nature reserves, castles and fortresses, cycle paths along the sea and Meuse, polder landscapes and fruit orchards.
The coastline is only 67 kilometers (41 miles) long and offers a wide range of possibilities for longer or shorter rides. The mostly flat paths lead through quiet polder landscapes and along busy beach promenades. You should not miss a detour to the dunes with their typical flora and fauna. As a reward for peddling you can enjoy a famous Belgian beer on a beach terrace with a sea view.
In Limburg, you'll cycle through orchards and past industrial monuments from the region's mining past. The region is crisscrossed by rolling hills, forests and heathlands. Those who prefer flat paths can choose to cycle along the Meuse. Magnificent castles and palaces, dreamy farms and numerous cafés invite you to a break, while culinary delights reward you for the effort you put in in the saddle.
The forest cycle route through the northern Limburg begins in Lommel and takes you through extensive forest areas in about 46 kilometers to the most interesting places south of the city.Near your starting point you can make a detour into the desert "Sahara of Lommel" and then drive to the center of the city. Here you will find an exciting glass museum. There follow beautiful, lonely forest tracks. From the summer of 2019 you can not only drive on the forest floor, but on a special bike path through the treetops.The route takes you past the largest German military cemetery outside Germany and a pretty mill. Then you follow the "Woodland Route" until you reach your starting point in Lommel again.
This is an unusual bike path that awaits you on this circuit. After cycling along the edge of the nature reserve "De Platwijers-Wijvenheide", famous for its abundance of birds, fish manure and pastureland, the bike will take you on a cycle path through the water.Nearby you can also visit the Bokrijk open-air museum. Continue to Hasselt, where the Japanese Garden and Jenever Museum are waiting for you as highlights.Shortly before the finish you can make a stop at the Abdijsite Herkenrode, where the lovingly designed herb gardens enchant with their beautiful plants and the intense aromas.
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On the circuit through this beautiful region of Flanders, you cycle not only through magical nature, but also through pretty towns and have the opportunity to rest in cozy pubs.Right at the beginning of the tour, you will pass the impressive landfall Alden Biesen and then the beautiful Genoels-Elderen wine cellar, where you can taste the good wine of Flanders.Also in the Brasserie De Waterburcht, which waits a few kilometers further, you can stand it well. With regional specialties, you can strengthen yourself here, then continue to bicycling.After visiting the beautiful Riemst, which lies on the border with Holland, it's back to the starting point in the town of Bilzen.
Along the Maas River on this beautiful bike tour that starts in Kessenich and takes you to Lanaken for about 45 kilometers.Right at the beginning of the route, you will pass the marinas and holiday parks "De Spaanjerd" and "Heerenlaak". A few miles further you can then visit the Aldeneyck estate and taste good Pinot.Afterwards you cycle through the small town of Maaseik, where you can visit the oldest private pharmacy in Belgium with its own herb garden.The dignified conclusion of the tour Wasserburg Pietersheim offers just before the finish. There you can walk in the footsteps of the glorious past of the knights and noblemen in Pietersheim and Lanaken and enjoy a leisurely stop.
The bike tour starts in the beautiful Borgloon. From there you cycle through the beautiful fruit region with its numerous plantations and fruit farms until you come to the castle Hex. Here you can walk through the huge gardens of the castle and admire roses from the 18th century.Afterwards, the tour continues through the picturesque fruit region. On the way to the starting point you pass the Château de la Motte. Rest in the Brasserie before continuing on a bike ride back to Borgloon.
The mine route can not be more varied. The circuit will give you an insight into the long history of mining in the area and show you wonderful nature that you can enjoy while cycling.After the first few kilometers you can already make the first stop, because the C-mine welcomes you. For example, here you can do a virtual reality tour into the world of miners.After so much industry, the Heiderbos nature reserve awaits you with lots of untouched nature and the largest juniper population in Flanders.From there, head straight for As's station. Here you can take a rest and strengthen yourself in the restaurant. Before you return to the starting point you can make a detour to the National Park Hoge Kempen.
Beginning on the coast in De Haan, this magnificent circuit takes you past beautiful spots in the seaside resort such as the historic tram station and the villa district de Concessie.From there it goes to the World Heritage city of Bruges, which enchants with its still medieval-looking downtown. Also in Bruges you can enjoy the most beautiful bike path in the city on Kohlenkai along.On the way back to De Haan you come through the charming settlements Vlissegem and Klemskerke.
The coastal route will take you along the entire Belgian coast. In about 80 kilometers you get to know the beautiful coastal cities of Belgium, where you can enjoy great highlights like the Seafront Maritime Park in Zeebrugge, the pier in Blankenberge, the villa district "De Concessie" in De Haan, Raversyde with its Atlantic Wall and the Dumont district to admire in De Panne.But not only that, because on the varied tour you cycle through beautiful nature such as the nature reserve Het Zwin in Knokke-Heist or the state dukes in De Haan. The dune area "De Doornpanne", which belongs to the seaside resort Koksijde fascinates with its beauty.
Belgium and especially West Flanders are known for their countless delicious beers. The beer route through West Flanders takes you to several small and large breweries where you can taste the Belgian national drink.The 35-kilometer circuit is completely flat and starts in the parking lot at the St. Sixtus Abbey, the first brewery on your route. Passing small, pretty hamlets you reach the river IJzer, which you follow for a few kilometers.You continue to snake through the beautiful landscape, which is loosened up again and again by small forests, canals and farms, until you are back at your starting point.
This beautiful bike tour shows you the varied coastal region around Knokke-Heist. Here you can enjoy not only the beautiful seaside resort, the beach promenade and the beach, but also the wonderful nature, through which the circuit leads you and numerous pretty cafes and restaurants, where you can relax.It is not only the delicious food and the beautiful city that make this tour so appealing, but also the breathtaking nature. Immediately behind the dikes Knokkes to the Dutch community Sluis extends the unique bird reserve and nature reserve "Het Zwin", where you can observe a variety of birds and see beautiful plants.
Through the Belgian coastal town of Oostende, this simple circuit that combines cycling pleasure and sightseeing will take you on a journey.At the beginning of the tour, you will be able to admire the Venetian and Royal galleries, which are located directly on the beautiful beach promenade. Here is also the casino, which is the largest in the country and fascinates with a remarkable building.Rounding off the tour through Ostend with a leisurely visit to the Maria Hendrikapark, where you also have opportunities to stop off.
In the coastal town of De Panne, which is located in close proximity to the French border, this easy and especially varied bike ride is waiting for you.The circuit takes you through the beautiful town of De Panne, where you can enjoy the promenade and the widest sandy beach on the Belgian coast. The Dumont district also enchants with its very special charm.The drive through the nature reserve De Westhoek completes the relaxed bike tour through the coastal region.