Dinant & Namur, Belgium

The province of Namur is one of our favourites in Wallonia and is home to two of our favourite Belgian cities, the capital, Namur, and Dinant. The Meuse River bisects this hilly province, and the route along the riverbank is one of the prettiest drives in Belgium.

A huge citadel, overlooking the Meuse, crowns the city of Namur. It’s a small city, and easy to cover on foot,(except the hike up to the citadel!) Namur is home to a UNESCO recognised belfry and Belgium’s best artisanal bakery. Near the city, you can also find the lovely Annevoie Castle and Gardens, home to a unique Venetian Carnival festival, as well as the Belgian beer producing abbeys of Maredsous and Floreffe.

Further along the Meuse is the city of Dinant, with its imposing citadel and iconic onion-domed cathedral. Dinant is the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, and you’ll see statues of the instrument dotted around the city. Dinant is also home to a couple of unusual culinary traditions, the couque de Dinant and the Flamiche, as well as some excellent restaurants.

Not far from Dinant, you’ll find one of Wallonia’s most iconic castles, the chateau of Freÿr. The province is also home to Belgium’s strawberry museum, a snail farm, an ostrich farm, a number of excellent breweries, and some beautiful castle ruins. In all, there’s plenty of ways to slow travel your way through Namur.

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