Going on holiday with your bike is very 2022, if you ask us. It just feels like the right move in a time where we’re very conscious about or ecological footprint. Of course you could also opt for the train, for example, yet there’s something about the feeling of cycling each and every kilometer yourself that just can’t be beaten. You don’t miss out on anything, you can stop whenever you want and there’s no one telling you not to get off route. Freedom at its very best – if you’ve got the courage to step onto your bike every day, of course.
If you want to travel by bike, there are some practical issues to get over with though. First of all, you’ll have to decide whether you just get cycling starting from your home or if you’ll travel somewhere first (by train, by car, by boat) and start from there on. Then there’s the issue of your luggage. You can’t just attach a trolley to the back of your bike and start peddling – well, you could, but we can’t guarantee you’ll get very far. So choosing the right luggage option is key, especially if you’re going away for a longer period of time or if you’re starting your journey from somewhere else than your own home.
Culture and sports
Want to avoid that, just jump on your bike and go? Well, then you could opt for a cycling-staycation within Belgium. The perfect way to get to know the country a little better and we’re sure you’ll still feel like you’re on holiday when cycling through all those little backroads. If you’re someone who likes to combine sports and culture, we’ve just found your perfect route as well: the Unesco Route, crossing all of Wallonia and getting you to the most beautiful, classified locations. You’ll be able to see Thuin, Wéris and Dinant, just to name a few.
The route starts off in Tournai, close to the French border, and takes you all the way to Blegny, near the Dutch frontier. A journey spanning over a whopping 500 kilometers and divided into 11 different stages.
Whether you decide to ride the whole route or to just do one or two stages is up to you of course. Be aware, there’s so dedicated signalization, so you’ll have to look on the website to know which directions to follow. The good news though is that there are special ‘Bienvenue Vélo’ accommodation options going with every stage of the route, meaning you’ll have no trouble finding a bed for the night while your bike is safe and sound as well!