Flanders – VISITFLANDERS
Two-wheelers have always been the flagship of Flanders. Not only because of the Ronde van Vlaanderen – the Classic that has made the destination a true mecca for the cycling enthusiasts – but because biking is in the Flemish people’s DNA and is the perfect way to discover and experience this region that lays in northern Belgium.
In Flanders the short distances, the gradients within everyone’s reach, and the excellent infrastructure allow to enjoy a rejuvenating and authentic vacation experience along bicycle paths that often run alongside rivers or characteristic canals, alternating with art cities such as Bruges, Ghent or Antwerp, all of them extremely bike friendly. Here you can discover unexpected nature, including moors, dunes, forests, pastures and orchards. You can cycle at your own pace, never losing your bearings thanks to the handy system of “nodes” (knooppunten), i.e., the numbered intersections of the dense network of bicycle paths, which make it extremely easy to build and follow your own route. It is useful also even for short routes and short outdoor excursion of a few hours starting from a city.
For a true cycling holiday in Flanders, you can easily build your itinerary based on longer-distance routes. Consider also that services for cycle tourists here are rich: ease of transport by train or ferry, bike parking, bike hotels. For such an experience, the advice is to follow one or more of the 9 Iconic Cycle Routes that touch on the best of Flanders. Full details, including the level of difficulty and downloadable GPX tracks, are at https://www.flandersbybike.com/