Want to try something new over the school holidays? All the sights without the crowds, all the fun without the queues; the southernmost region of Belgium is an untapped gem perfect for a stress-free family holiday. Wallonia’s symbol is a red rooster – you’ll see it adorning buildings and flags across the region – and you’ll feel naturally compelled to rise bright and early for long days of inspirational activities wherever you wander. Here are some of the very best things to do in Wallonia for the whole family.
Tradition lies at the heart of Wallonia, from its Renaissance-style architecture right down to its rich local produce. The French-speaking region of Belgium may not be a well-known holiday destination, but with a range of activities on offer, it’s a true hidden gem that oozes old world charm. With multiple museums, historic sites and more than 1,500 castles to explore, you’ll find plenty to pack in, and all in a picturesque countryside setting.
You may think of Bruges as your second home, walk like a local down Amsterdam’s winding back streets and have a cafe in Paris where the baristas know you by name. But have you ever felt your travels were starting to lack a little… je ne sais quoi? If you’re starting to find your favourite destination a little too familiar, maybe it’s time to shake up your holiday ritual. These fairytale European cities are sure to steal your heart – and don’t worry, we won’t tell.
A fertile green area of sublime natural beauty that stretches from Belgium all the way into France and Luxembourg, the Ardennes are the jewel of the Wallonia province. This unspoilt forest in the southeast of Belgium is located just a few hours from the port of Zeebrugge or Calais, making it the perfect active escape for Brits. Boasting deep wooded canyons, running rivers full of fish, and medieval hilltop villages, this region is popular with hikers, bikers and adventurers. Check out our guide to the best things to do all year round in the stunning Belgian Ardennes.