Last minute Ardennes

If you want to be impulsive and embark on a last-minute adventure, you better stick nearby. Europe has plenty of wonderful last-minute destinations for nature enthusiasts, and the Ardennes is one of those. We offer plenty of cottages, villas, tents and chalets all across this marvelous region ready to welcome you with explicit comfort and unmatched hospitality.

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Last minute in the Ardennes

If you want to be impulsive and embark on a last-minute adventure, you better stick nearby. Europe has plenty of wonderful last-minute destinations for nature enthusiasts. We offer plenty of cottages, villas, tents and chalets all across the continent ready to welcome you with explicit comfort and unmatched hospitality.

Belgium is often neglected as a destination, but the truth is that this small country has so much to offer naturewise. The Ardennes is an extensive forested region spreading across Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany. The unique landscape of this area is fed by rough terrain, high ridges, many hills and endless forests. Although four countries share this beautiful territory, most of it is part of Belgium. Before becoming this wild forest, the Ardennes were used for coal mining especially in the 18th and 19th centuries, winning itself the name of the second great industrial region of the world.

The nature of the Ardennes

As we already mentioned, dense forestation covers most parts of the Ardennes. Other that the trees, you can enjoy the hilly parts of the area, especially the High Fens region in Liege Province. It is a nature reserve since 1957, in fact the largest one in Belgium. High Fens resembles an upland territory with hills. This park is also where you will find the highest point throughout the country – Signal de Botrange at almost 700m. In the plateau of the nature park you will come across raised bogs – acidic wet habitats usually occupied by organisms especially prone to living in the harsh conditions. These bogs are more than 10,000 years old!

The Meuse River is the most prominent among the number of rivers crossing the valleys of the Ardennes. Where the Meuse crosses the Belgian-French border is in fact the western point of the Ardennes.

Did we mention that the Ardennes continue to surprise us underground? With dozens of different caves to explore, you might forget that there is life above the ground level! The cave of Han is among the most popular caves here. Besides the network of caverns, you can also explore a wildlife area where animals roam freely and interact with visitors. This is nothing like a regular zoo, as you are taken on a 3 or 6-km hike where you are able to learn about nature as you go.

Explore the outdoors and stay active

One of the best seasons to visit the Ardennes is springtime. It is the perfect time for walking, cycling, fishing and even watersports such as canoeing or kayaking. Even more, the locals are famous for their love of horseback riding and mountain biking. An interesting combination, right?

During the winter, skiers will be thrilled to know that the Ardennes turns into a fun ski area for downhill and cross country skiers. You can also witness or even participate in a snowmobile race.

Wallonia is a famous spot for rock climbers. Steep limestone rocks overlook small villages and present wide panoramic views. The nearby province of Namur also has numerous established points of access for rock climbers – beginners or professionals – and there are many organized itineraries from which you can choose.