With the aim to get more Belgian residents and tourists on their bikes to discover Belgium, this website offers a great tool full of relevant information. The “EuroVelo cycle routes” section exhibits the five national EuroVelo routes which cross the country: EuroVelo 3– Pilgrim’s Route,EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route, EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena, EuroVelo 12 – North Sea Cycle Route and EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route.
Steps, distances, inclines, and difficulty levels have been made available, as well as brief route descriptions and practical details to get you started. These include downloadable: GPX files, great ideas for sightseeing and visits, public transport connections, cycling services along the routes, local accommodation for overnight stays, bike shops, and many other services under Bikes Welcome and Bike Friendly labels.
The trilingual website is a milestone improvement for cycling in Belgium, especially for tourists, and falls in line with the recent growth in national cycling levels, which in turn triggered the implementation of the country’s first National Cycling Strategy “BECYCLIST”.
EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route departs from Aachen, Germany and travels down to Liège, along the Meuse River to the city of Namur. It then follows the Sambre river until it reaches the Wallonian town of Erquelinnes, just before Maubeuge, France. A large part of the route uses the RAVel network, of which paths 38 and 39 (connecting Aachen to Liège) were awarded “Best European Greenway of the year” in September 2021.
The 5100 km- long EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route, departs from Roscoff, a commune in the Finistère département of Brittany, France and ends in the city of Kiev, Ukraine. The Belgian section of this goliath sticks to the coastline, passing the famous seaside resorts of Oostende and Knokke-Heist, before going all the way up to the Dutch harbour town of Breskens. From here, journey-goers can take the ferry to continue their trip through the Netherlands. The same Belgian route applies to EuroVelo 12 – North Sea Cycle Route.
Cycling on EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena from France, travellers will make their way to Brussels, before going down to Louvain-la- Neuve and Namur as they make their way toin Luxembourg.
Finally, the shortest route, EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route will lead cycling tourists to the banks of the Meuse River, with its dramatic rocks faces and castles perched on top. Travellers then pass through the beautiful city of Liège, before arriving to the capital of Wallonia, Namur, where they will meet the Sambre river. Further downstream, the route crosses the beautiful town of Dinant.
In the "practical info" section of the website, the ProVelo team shares tips to help you with the preparation of your next cycling trip: how to plan your route, how to get around with a bike using public transportation, types of signage along the routes and extra information on services exclusively made for cyclists. The "getaway" section will help you discover tracks for short or long-distance cycling adventures in Belgium.
In the "news" section, you'll find cycling tourism in Belgium- related articles. You won't have to worry about missing out on new route plans, quirky hidden gems or exceptional stories if you regularly check this section. For more cycling tourism adventures, you should have a look at the “bookable offers” section on the EuroVelo website.
The Provelo Team are happy to answer all your questions and requests in the three languages!
Original article at: EuroVeloBelgium.be