Belgium is known the world over for its delicious chocolate, but the country is also home to some of the most beautiful towns and villages on the planet. Many of these stunning locations have been around for centuries and have medieval buildings that are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The rich cultural and historical importance of these places is matched only by the stunning landscapes they reside in.
Whether you’re looking for cobblestone streets, picturesque canals, medieval mansions, or rural relaxation, Belgium has got a town or village to suit your needs perfectly. All you need to do is decide when to book your flights!
Reminiscent of southern France, the budlings in Torgny are beautiful honey-colored sandstone cottages surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards, and flowers. Located in the south of Belgium, this region has its own microclimate, making it one of the best places in the country to grow vines for winemaking. Ideal for relaxing holidays in the sun, this beautiful and quiet little Wallonia village is the place to be if you need to get away from the hustle and bustle as there really isn’t very much here to do but soak up the sun and sample the local cuisine.
If it’s coastal adventures and 1930s architecture you’re after, then it doesn’t get much better than the beautiful village of De Haan. Known for being one of the best beach resorts in Belgium, De Haan is filled with architectural charm, nice walks, and seafront activities, and is the perfect place to escape to if you need to be by the sea. Located in West Flanders, De Haan draws tourists from Belgium and beyond and can get quite busy during the summer, so it is advised to book in advance if you plan on heading here.
Often referred to as the Pearl of the Ardennes, Spa is an idyllic town in the province of Liege which is located next to the natural thermal waters of the Clementine Spring. This beautiful town draws visitors from all over Belgium and beyond due to its naturally hot swimming pools, geysers, and Jacuzzis all located in the middle of a stunning wooded valley. The town is host to the annual Belgian F1 Grand Prix along with one of the oldest casinos in the world. The Casino Spa was originally opened in 1763 and is filled with style and extravagance. The Spa Museum is well worth a visit, as are the stunning public parks and local nature walks.
Another pretty village in the province of Wallonia, Crupet is located on a river of the same name and regularly enchants visitors with its beautiful buildings and cultural heritage. The Grotto of St Anthony of Padua and the Castle of Crupet are the most notable examples of the charming architecture of this village, though there are further medieval structures dotted around that are also worth visiting. Crupet is perfect for cultural enthusiasts looking to explore the historical significance of the buildings here, as well as those looking to sample the flavors of the region at one of the many restaurants and bistros.
Believed to be the smallest town in the world, Durbuy has a population of just 500 and is a short 2 hours from Brussels. Durbuy has managed to maintain its delightful medieval buildings, along with its winding cobbled streets lined with bluestone houses and flowers. It is at Christmas that this town really comes to life when the streets fill with bustling markets and festive shoppers. Tourists also kayak the Ourthe River, visit the Topiary Park, and sample ales at the Marckloff Brewery, among many other activities here.
Whether you’re looking for fun in the sun, tranquillity in a rural village or relaxation in a spa, the towns and villages of Belgium are magnificent places to spend a week or two. The only trouble you’ll have is packing your bags to leave!