We are constantly surprised by the beauty of the less-visited areas of Belgium. The province of Namur is no exception, this beautiful area boasts rolling farmland and lush riversides, not to mention the historical architecture we come to crave from our European adventures.
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-listed 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.
The drive along between the cities of Namur and Dinant along the Meuse River is one of our favourites in Belgium and something we always recommend to visiting friends.
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.
We think Dinant should be on everyone’s Belgium Bucket List and we’ve compiled the Essential Guide to this gem of Wallonia to show you why.
Where is Dinant & Namur, Belgium?
Namur is a province in the Wallonia region of Belgium, it is bordered by the provinces of Hainaut to the west, Walloon Brabant to the north-west, Liege to the north-east, and Luxembourg to the south-east (the province, not the country).
Namur is landlocked but sits at the meeting of the Sambre and Meuse rivers. The city of Namur is the capital of both the province and the region of Wallonia.
Dinant is a city about 30 kilometres south of the capital city of Namur, on the river Meuse.