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Antwerp

The province of Antwerp is the most northerly province of Belgium. Its capital is the city of Antwerp but its other major cities are Mechelen and Turnhout, all of which are worth discovering. Its countryside however is not to be forgotten, from the Schelde Estuary to Kalmthout Heath and Mechels Broek. Also recommended are some great cycle routes along the River Schelde; particularly attractive around Bornem.

Cycling along the Schelde

Cycling along the River Schelde

The cycle paths along the River Schelde are really excellent. And you can hop from bank to bank on the river ferries

Mechelen chocolates

The tastes – and customer service – of Mechelen

Sense-Sations is an opportunity to sample the delights of Mechelen’s local food and drink specialties. I was invited by Mechelen Tourism to test it out. It was fun, and if you do it, you might be able to “click” with the shop assistants better than I did!

Where to go in Belgium?

An easy map to see all the places mentioned on Discovering Belgium

Kalmthout Arboretum

Covering 12 hectares and with a collection of over 7,000 rare trees and shrubs and many more perennials, Kalmthout Arboretum to the north of Antwerp has become known worldwide. It’s well worth a visit at any time of the year.

Heidebos near Moerbeke

Between the villages of Moerbeke and Wachtebeke, a few kilometres to the east of Sint-Niklaas, lies the Heidebos, a large nature reserve incorporating deciduous and coniferous forests as well as a vast expanse of heath land. Three signposted walks start from the car park on Fortstraat; all are ideal for young children.Read More »Heidebos near Moerbeke

Saeftinghe

The Drowned Land of Saeftinghe

Saeftinghe is not to be explored without a guide, but can be viewed from its perimeter, which offers a lovely walk

First, a word of caution. If you are looking for a gentle Sunday afternoon stroll in a pretty park with a conveniently located waffle-van, then the Verdronken (Drowned) Land of Saeftinghe near Antwerp isn’t for you. It’s muddy, it’s exposed, and there’s no waffle-van for kilometres. But if you are looking for a huge dose of fresh sea air, some peace and solitude, and a touch of wilderness, then it’s definitely worth a visit.

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