Outdoor Activities in Flanders

Find places to go walking, hiking, climbing, road cycling and mountain biking, plus details of clubs and associations that organise these activities in Flanders...

The official tourist office for Flanders and Brussels website provides a considerable amount of information about activities available in Flanders, as well as practical information for tourists and residents.

Zwin Nature Reserve

The Zwin Nature Reserve is on the North Sea coast, located on the border of Belgium and the Netherlands. The reserve is home to a large variety of salt-resistant flora and many varieties of birds. Each year thousands of birds come to Zwin, to breed, hibernate or look for food.

It is popular for walks all year round, and a number of public activities are organised including stork feeding, bird watching and bird ringing demonstrations.

  • For further information from the West Flanders tourist office: Click here

Bruges Canals and the City

Bruges city centre, often referred to as the Venice of the North, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most popular activities is a boat trip along its canals, to discover the city's mediaeval architecture and its historic centre. Further information is available on the Visit Bruges website.

Cycling

Cycling is extremely popular in Flanders. Fietsroute.org provides a wealth of information on cycling routes in the region. The website has a route planner calculating the distances of a chosen trip, and lists B&B accommodation available on these routes.

  • For more information about cycling in Flanders: Click here
  • For mountain biking enthusiasts there is a Belgian mountain biking website: Click here (in Dutch)

FietsVlaanderen is a cycling website with information about cycling routes in West Flanders, Zeeland Flanders and along the Belgian coast (website in Dutch).

Wielerbond Vlaanderen is the Flemish Cycling Federation and has information for cyclists and mountain bikers, as well as a list of clubs in the region.

Walking and Hiking

The VZW Grote Routepaden is an official rambling and walking association in Belgium, with much information about hiking and walking in Flanders. It organises regular hiking events and is a member of the European Ramblers Association.

Schampavie Trekkersgroep is a small Flemish rambling and hiking association, which welcomes new members.

The Belgian Hiking and Outdoor Website Hiking.be is also a good source for route maps and hiking trails (website in Dutch).

  • For further information, maps, itineraries and details of biking tours: Click here

Antwerp

Antwerp, Flanders' largest city (after Brussels), is famous for its square mile, the world's largest diamond exchange. Antwerp port is the largest in Europe and can be visited by boat. There are many guided walking tours organised by the tourist office for groups (themed tours) or individuals (historic city tours).

  • For information about the themed tours available and how to book: Click here

Climbing

Belgium has over 50 indoor and outdoor climbing centres. There are plenty of crags and other rocky sites for beginners and more experienced climbers.

The Belgian Climbing Network has information on where to climb in the Flanders region and throughout the country. Addresses are given for many of the country's climbing centres on their website.