It starts with 67 kilometres of sandy beaches along the North Sea coast with its Zwin nature reserve, a paradise for migratory bird. And continues across the broad Kalmthout Heath right by Antwerp. Along Hoge Kempen National Park in Limburg. Through the natural desert landscape of the Lommel Sahara. To the primeval Sonian Forest’s UNESCO-recognised protected areas just outside Brussels. And there’s even more in between.
We are also happy to have you enjoy our natural treasures along with us. We protect them, too, precisely because they are so valuable and unique. They are precious to our visitors, our local craftsmen and our local residents. #Respectfornature is key.
Nature regions in the spotlight
Discover uniquely special stories hidden away in the loveliest of green spaces. Discover our Flemish nature regions.
Discover nature in Flanders how you would like to
Flanders has made it easy to set out on a hike or go cycling from node to node. There is a whole network of nodes to help you plan your own hiking or cycling trip. You can also choose between various pre-defined routes. That way you’ll have nothing to worry about and can enjoy the beautiful landscape to the fullest. More experienced hikers and cyclists love to explore the long-distance or “GR” routes. All over Europe, such routes can be identified by their famous white and red and white or yellow stripes. Follow GR128 to cross Flanders from west to east or GR129 to travel from north to south. Flanders’ network contains nearly 5,000 kilometres of such GR routes, with seamless connections to paths in Wallonia and neighbouring countries.