Much of Flanders is either flat or with gentle hills, making it an ideal destination for leisure cycling. The whole country is geared up for cyclists too with cycle paths in towns, cities and throughout the countryside. There are plenty of leisurely routes to explore, taking you through polders, orchards, woodland and past picturesque villages and heavenly historical towns.
There is a wealth of themed routes such as the ‘Antwerp Architecture Circuit’, which gives you a fascinating peek at ten centuries of Antwerp architecture. Beer lovers will want to try out the ‘Jan Primus circuit’ and the ‘No More War’ and ‘Cycling Behind the Front’ circuits take you the First World War memorials and battlefield sites. The rides range from city tours to the 71 mile ‘Tour of Flanders’ circuit, so there’s something to suit everyone.
Alternatively, there are plenty of cycle paths along the 65km sandy stretch of Flemish coastline, with its chic seaside resorts, such as Knokke-Heist, Ostend and De Haan and nature reserves, including the 340 hectare De Westhoek reserve at De Panne.