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Cycling fan? Become a "Flandrien" in Flanders

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Did you know Flanders is a cycling paradise? Its compact cities, green meadows and meandering tree-lined canals offer a stunning backdrop for great cycling experiences of every level. Whether you’re a cycling fanatic, keen to become a true “Flandrien” – a nickname for Flemish cyclists – or just a leisure cycling enthusiast, Flanders’ cycling paths offer a bike experience for cyclists of every level.

The best part? In Flanders, an active cycling tour will always be followed by an indulging break, typically including tasty Belgian craft beers and some of the delicious food the region is famous for.

It’s not too late to book an autumn cycling break to Flanders. This article is full of inspiration to keep you fit until the holiday season.

Head to the Flemish Ardennes if you’re keen to battle the cobbles and infamous climbs.

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The mother of Flemish cycling races, Ronde Van Vlaanderen, takes place in April 2016. Between the Bruges starting point and the arrival in Oudenaarde, cyclist typically face an exhausting ride in the infamous Flemish Ardennes.



  • Cheer for the pros and book a stay in one of our hostels of Bruges, Kortrijk and Ronse (Flemish Ardennes)


Cycle at leisure whilst taking in the fresh coastal breeze on the Belgian Coast.

cycling beach (c)westtoer

Pedalling from De Panne to Knokke-Heist or from Knokke-Heist to De Panne is now possible via the coastal biking trail (‘Kustfietsroute’). Discover the Flemish coastline by bike along this 86-kilometre biking trail that takes you through 10 coastal towns, each with a unique identity.




Discover the Flemish cities by bike to get a different perspective

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If steep hills and ancient cobbles are not your cup of tea, Flanders also offers plenty of opportunities for leisure cycling. Many Flemish cities give you the possibility to discover their beautiful heritage and wonderful historical sites from your bike.  

Here are some of the cities you can discover independently or in group:


Article in collaboration with Tourism Flanders-Brussels (UK Office).


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