EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena in Belgium is one of three routes nominated to be "cycle route of the year 2023"!
17 January 2023
Three European cycle routes have been nominated for the
chance to win the honorary title of cycle route of the year 2023: EuroVelo 5 in
Belgium, the Castle Route on the Danish island of Fyn and the Vänerleden in
Sweden have been nominated by the jury in Fiets en Wandelbeurs.
Every route has its own unique charm. For example, EuroVelo
5 passes directly through Brussels, but also guides cyclists through a calmer
side of Belgium, along former railways and towpaths. The Castle Route passes
through several Danish islands, with beautiful beaches, surprising villages and
traditional country houses. The Vänerleden, around the biggest lake in Sweden,
is ideal for more adventurous cyclists.
EuroVelo 5, Via Romea Francigena (Belgium), 407 km
EuroVelo 5 takes cyclists from the west to the east of Belgium,
through Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia. The route features former
railways and towpaths alongside rivers and canals, as well as quiet
lanes. Remarkably, the route goes through the centre of Brussels.
Brussels' city centre is now a hub for cyclists and pedestrians. The
parts along the Dendre and Meuse rivers are absolutely stunning. In the
Ardennes, there is some climbing to do, but otherwise the route is
generally flat. Cobblestones seem to be inevitable in Belgium. But the
most difficult sections are short and they add something authentic!
The Vänerleden runs around the shoreline of lake Väner, the largest lake
in Sweden. You won't often pedal next to the shore, but you will weave
past several other lakes. The route passes through forests and rolling
meadows, with timber houses all around. You won't meet anybody for
kilometres in all directions. Only a few deer and birds! In the summer,
you can stop off for coffee and homemade cakes in some very unusual
places — from a water mill to a former paper factory. All along the lake
you will find beautiful camping spots.
Castle Route (Denmark), 660 km
Cyclists can enjoy spectacular views of the sea, beaches, ports,
picturesque towns and impressive country houses. This route also visits
smaller islands, which have a very distinctive atmosphere. In Ærø, for
example, you will pass through an old village with many artisan shops.
With a bit of luck, you will also see dolphins from the boat.