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Cycle across Europe with EuroVelo!

12 March 2019
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Do you dream of heading from England and cycling all the way to the South of Italy or from Norway to Spain while only following one route? It’s now quick and easy with EuroVelo 5 - Via Romeo Francigena or EuroVelo 3 - Pilgrims Route. The EuroVelo network allows you to cross 42 European countries by following 15 themed long-distance routes and pedalling 70,000km... And of course, all of that’s by bike!

What about Belgium?

There are 4 EuroVelo routes which cross our wonderful country: routes 3, 4, 5 and 12, adding up to a total of 909km. In Wallonia, routes 3 and 5 follow the RAVeL networks for the most part. In Brussels, you will pass the capital’s extraordinary sights. Each country has a national coordinator to ensure the smooth running of its routes and to answer any questions travellers might have. And in our case, “Pro Velo” has been fulfilling the role for Brussels and Wallonia since May 2018! And for Flanders it’s the organisation “Visit Flanders“.

EuroVelo 5 - Via Romeo Francigena

3900km in length, from England to the South of Italy, this cycle route passes 21 UNESCO sites in 7 different countries. In Belgium, the route passes through all 3 regions and part of Lille, France to reach Luxembourg. It passes through the cities of Geraardsbergen, Brussels, Namur, Dinant and the cities and villages of the Ardennes before arriving in Luxembourg.

EuroVelo 3 - Pilgrims Route

This route crosses 7 countries along 5100km and passes 20 UNESCO sites. In Belgium, it goes from Maubeuge, France to Aachen, Germany passing through the cities of Charleroi, Namur and Liège. You will also follow the Sambre and Meuse rivers.

You can find more information on the EuroVelo 3 and 5 in Belgium here: www.eurovelobelgium.be (English only). For the French version head to the RAVeL website.

So, what does EuroVelo guarantee?

The routes:

  • are adapted for any level of cycling ability (daily cyclists, occasional cyclists, cycling hobbyists, etc.)
  • will take you past major cultural and natural sites such as UNESCO sites.
  • are always close to facilities that are adapted for bike travel such as accommodation, food, bicycle repair, public transport lines in case you change your mind or encounter a technical problem, etc.

And what’s left for you to do? Take time to choose a route and to follow the signs (route 5 for example):

You can also prepare your route online on the website www.eurovelo.com and for certain routes you can download the app, like the one for EuroVelo 5.

In the interests of being completely honest, the network has not been completely implemented and certain parts still need to be developed, such as building infrastructures and signage. Thank you for your patience because the ECF (European Cyclist Federation) has given themselves until 2020 to finish off (or maybe a little longer)!

Easy, right? All that’s left for you to do is to choose your route, prepare for it and...pedal! You can also read our advice on preparing your bike trip.

Questions about EuroVelo in Belgium? Take a look at the website eurovelobelgium.be or contact our team: eurovelo@provelo.org.

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Spotlight on ‘Bikes Welcome’ establishments in Wallonia - Belgium

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Did you know that nearly 600 establishments (hotels, gites, guestrooms, youth hostels, camp sites), restaurants, tourist attractions, museums, tourist organisations and producers have committed to tailoring their services to the needs of cyclist visitors and travellers? Identifiable from the ‘Bikes Welcome’ logo attached to the entrance, these establishments guarantee services adapted to bike users.