Belgium by bike, from Brussels to Bruges
A bike tour steeped in history awaits. Departing from Brussels, you head towards Flanders to visit authentic villages and magnificent towns with remarkable and well-preserved heritage.
You cycle on country cycle paths in the heart of green nature. A bucolic journey rich in culture.
Points of interest of the stay:
- Heritage and culture
- Bucolic countryside
Day 1: Brussels
The capital of Belgium is much smaller in scale than Paris, London or Rome. But its charm is just as great. Its city center with its small streets, its Grand Place, the Atomium, the Manneke Pis, its beer bars, its “Art Nouveau” (Jugendstil) architecture are worth the detour. It's a friendly city where people live pretty well.
Night in Brussels.
Day 2: from Brussels to Mechelen - 65 km
During this first stage by bike, your first stop will certainly be Leuven. This college town is known for its beer. It is here that Stella Artois was created and in the 18th century, no less than 42 breweries operated there. Even today, we study brewing at university!
You continue towards Mechelen, along the Dyle river. Once you arrive, take the time to visit Saint-Rombout Cathedral, the palaces of Margaret of York and Margaret of Austria or the Toy Museum.
Night in Mechelen.
Day 3: Mechelen to Bornem/Puurs - 32 to 38 km
Today, the Rupel and Escaut rivers accompany you throughout the route. If you wish, you can take the train from Mechelen to Antwerp to discover the city (we recommend it). The city's architecture is a must-see in Flanders.
Night in Bornem or Purrs.
Day 4: from Bornem/Puurs to Ghent/Melle - 58 to 64 km
Ghent is the historic center of Flanders. Tower of Saint-Bavo Cathedral, historic heart, old port, medieval castle of the Dukes of Ghent (“Gravensteen”): here is a quick overview of things to visit as a priority.
Night in Ghent or Melle.
Day 5: from Ghent/Melle to Bruges - 52 to 58 km
The route takes you to Bruges, nicknamed “the Venice of the North”. With its numerous canals, a UNESCO-listed historic center, its magnificent architecture and its cultural treasures, Bruges has nothing to envy of the major tourist cities of Europe! Stroll through the narrow streets, visit the old markets, taste the famous Belgian chocolate, taste a good local beer, or eat mussels and fries, an emblematic local dish... live the Belgian way!
Night in Bruges.
Day 6: loop to De Haan - 55 km
Your bike will just have to follow the canals to the picturesque village of Lissewege. Located by the sea, it is nicknamed the white village (in reference to the color of its houses) and is a haunt of artists. Its imposing church can be seen from afar and dates from the Middle Ages.
Your route continues to De Haan, another pretty seaside resort, where you can swim. If you feel in good shape, you can sing along to Ostend (return by train to Bruges - 15 minutes).
Day 7: Bruges
End of the tour after breakfast. Additional night(s) in Bruges or Brussels possible.