Welcome to the Pays de Charleroi!
Charleroi airport is in the middle of the Charleroi region. The Carolos (and Belgians in general!) are renowned for their enthusiasm, their generosity, their friendliness and their joie de vivre.
Did you know that you will be landing in the most prosperous region of the Industrial Revolution? The Museums of Mining, Glass and Industry will introduce you to this flourishing industrial past.
Continue your journey of discovery with Europe’s largest museum of photography!
If you prefer a bit of fresh air to museums, take a stroll through the historic centre of Charleroi, and marvel at the stunning Art Nouveau buildings, or the Belfry, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On your travels, there’s a chance you might bump in to a giant hero of Belgian comics. But you shouldn’t be surprised… After all, Charleroi is the capital of comics!
On Belgian soil!
Belgium might be a small country… but it's packed with character! You can be sure of a warm welcome from the locals – they're all lovely and certainly know how to have a good time!
Chocolate, beer, chips, waffles, spéculoos… Belgium is a land of fine food and fine foodies. As well as all of its fantastic food and drink, Belgium has plenty more to offer, such as its diamonds, lace, art, culture and architecture in its "towns of art", the Belgian coast along the North Sea and its lush green space: the Ardennes…
Not forgetting… its beautiful capital, Bruxelles. Tourists travel from all over the world to visit the Atomium, the Grand'Place, the Musée Magritte, Mini-Europe, the parliament district… Or perhaps you're more interested in the city's symbol, the Manneken Pis, that little bronze chap urinating into a fountain. Do you know the legend? If not, you can find out when you're in Brussels!
Nicknamed the « Venise du Nord », Bruges is one of those little corners of paradise where time seems to have stood still. Wander along the pretty canals that criss-cross the city, soak up the romantic atmosphere that fills the city from a little boat. Do you get seasick? Then hop on a horse-drawn carriage to see all the city's attractions: the Grand'Place, the Béguinage, the « Rozenhoedkaai », the Lake of Love…
The city of Namur is at the confluence of the Sambre and the Meuse, overlooked by its impressive citadel, whose fortifications are built into a rocky spur. The more daring among you may want to climb up to the top. The more risk-averse will enjoy a stroll along the pedestrian streets of the historic heart of town. Take a break in one of the terraces of one of the many little cafés. If you don't have time to explore outdoors, take a look round the Musée Félicien Rops, dedicated to the famous artist who was born in Namur.
Ghent is now a university city that is brimming with life and energy. A historic city with both feet firmly in the present, boasting museums of modern art and design. The historic district of Patershol has been transformed into a popular haunt! But Ghent has by no means turned its back on its history: climb up to the top of the city's belfry, or up the keep of the imposing Château des Comtes, and admire the city. Last but not least, in St Bavo's Cathedral, you can see one of the most sought-after works of art in the world: the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers.
Mons, Wallonia's capital of culture
The city of Mons, voted 2015 European Capital of Culture, boasts a remarkable heritage. Every year, at the beginning of the summer, the city and its stunning Grand'Place provide the backdrop for an impressive example of the region's folklore: the Doudou (a local festival based on age-old traditions). In 2017 the festivities will be taking place on le 11/06/2017. Just a few kilometres from the centre, don't miss the Scientific Adventure Park (PASS), or the historic site of the Grand-Hornu.
A city of learning, Leuven is home to the oldest university in Belgium, whose buildings and library will enchant fans of beautiful architecture. The flamboyant gothic style is expressed with great strength and originality, including in particular the town hall and St Peter’s Church. Perhaps you prefer beer to architecture? You won’t be disappointed: the city is often referred to as the capital of beer, thanks to the secular presence of the Artois brewery and its vibrant student population. Last but not least, if you’re a music-lover, Leuven is also a city packed with culture, where you can enjoy an impressive array of concerts throughout the year.