WALLONIE-ACTUALIZADO-blanco-Grande
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VILLAGES
1979
FOUNDATION YEAR
The story

In 1994 the association “Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonia” was created by Mr. Alain Collin, of Chardeneux (Somme-Leuze), during the Conference on Tourism of the Province Namur. Based on the experience of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”, created by Mr. Ceyrac.

Our goal is to promote, preserve and enhance the image of a rural Wallonia through a mosaic of picturesque villages and landscapes.

Goals

• Preserving the authenticity of villages
Building a network of associations and cultural dynamics

• Implement a policy of sustainable development
Based on the protection of the architectural heritage of
the villages and of regional identity-related products

• Amplify awareness of the network
Supporting a conciliatory policy towards resident comfort while
ensuring visitor satisfaction

• Ensure recognition of the specificity of villages by public authorities
(EU, state, region, …)

Find out more

Visit the Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie website at www.beauxvillages.be to find out more.
Road map, tourist guide, album…whether for practical or leisure purposes.

THE VILLAGES

Aubechies

Set in a rural setting, Aubechies is a small village representative of the Hainaut architecture of the past century. This is the area of orange and whitewashed villages, made of tile and brick,seldomly set on sandstone bases.

Barbençon

Land of emotion and stone.Birthplace of the lords of Barbençon, the village was known for its glassmaking and marblework, as shown by one of the most typical streets: Rue des Marbriers. Along with the church and presbytery, it’s a key part of Barbençon’s heritage and lined with historic houses.

Celles

Nestled in a valley carved into the Condroz Plateau, the Celles was founded by a monk in 669, soon to be Saint Hadelin. Follow the steps of pilgrims: the Saint-Hadelin hermitage is reached by a footpath lined with crosses, offering views on the village and the Romanesque Church.

Chardeneux

Scattered on a slope facing South, the village gently descends to a stream meandering through wet meadows.

Chassepierre

Chassepierre, showcasing the Semois! The charming village of Chassepierre sits in a narrow valley opening onto a stretch of the Semois. The dazzling white of the church punctuates the lush green landscape. In summer, the village hosts the “International Street Art Festival”, the oldest in Europe.

Clermont-sur-Berwinne
Clermont-sur-Berwinne

Does the Church or the marketplace dominate the hill? or would it be the town hall? The cobbelstones won’t make you trip, but won’t give you a definite answer.

Crupet

In the bed of the narrow valley of Crupet and its tributaries, buildings ranging from the 16th to the 19th century are gracefully nestled in a quiet environment.

Fagnolle

You are now on the southern edge of the Calestienne, near the Viroin River in the Fagne region. The limestone and slate village gently climbs on south side of a the broad valley, protected from the winds by the ridge.

Falaën

Along the curves carved by the Monlignée River in an unique scenery dominated by the Montaigne castle ruins, you will reach Falaën through the Molignée Valley: landmarks will gently guide you to the Condroz plateau where the village lies.

Gros-Fays

The village of Gros-Fays is typical of the Ardennes, made of scale walls and roofs. Away from main roads, the village is peaceful. No luxury here: the simple and sturdy traditional architecture echos the hard life of farmers in the Ardennes, working poor soils. Keep this in mind by the laundry basin, the fortified farm and the old brewery.

Laforêt

Set atop a hill defined by a meander of the Semois River, the village’s name Laforêt, or “Theforest” originates as a clearing in the middle ages.

Limbourg

Once the capital of the Duchy of Limburg, an impregnable fortress, Limburg’s former stronghold has a unique strategic position beside the Vesdre, between the bocage of Herve and the Ardennes.

Lompret

Located in a meander of Eau Blanche River, five kilometers from Chimay, the village is an ideal trekking base from witch a region of varied landscapes can be discovered.

Melin

6 km from Jodoigne , Melin is one of 5 white villages shrouded by the trees of its overgrown gardens. The village lies in an area of rich fields, an open and hilly countryside dotted with woods.

Mirwart

A château surrounded by lush greenery. Mirwart is a small picturesque village where time seems to have stood still. Beautifully situated in lush greenery, Mirwart is surrounded by forests. Old farms and farmhouses appear unchanged: half-timbering, old stones and bricks are still the hallmarks of the architectural heritage.

Montignies-sur-Roc

The pearl of the Hauts-Pays! The origin of Montignies-sur-Roc dates back over ten centuries. This pretty village is part of Hauts-Pays Natural Park and owes its name to its position on a rock, overlooked by Our Lady Church. It stretches out on both banks of the Petite Honnelle and the upper village is crossed by the old Roman road joining Bavay to Flanders.

Mozet

Set on a slope of the undulating condroz countryside, Mozet emerges from the meadows, enshrined by the wooden crest.

Nobressart

Au cœur d’un amphithéâtre vallonné, dans un paysage tout en douceur, apparaît Nobressart. Les teintes claires de ses façades crépies et le bleu de ses toits d’ardoises contrastent avec un environnement verdoyant.

Ny

Lying at the heart of a wide valley with forested ridges, crossed by the Naive and Douyet streams, Ny owes its beauty to the marriage of stone and water.

Olne

Nestled within the hills of the “Pays de Herve”, bordering the deep valleys of the Ardennes, only the slate spire of the San Sebastian church signals the presence of the small village of Olne.

Our

Land of traditions and future. The village of Our nestles at the bottom of the Our Valley, which has been gently eroded over time. The valley floor is covered in typical Ardennes buildings; the steeper sides are covered in forests.

Ragnies

Close to Thuin, at the Hearth of the rich soils of the Hainaut, Ragnies is bordered on the south by the Luiseul wood and north by the Agaises wood. the village of Raignies extends all along the Marsh Creek, preserving the fields.

Sohier

On the borders of Famenne and the Ardennes , Sohier will immerse you in an environment defined by green gold and brown shades from which emerges a tinted gray silhouette that has it all.

Soiron

Refuge set in orchards and pastures, separated alternately by hedges and groves, Soiron underlines the valley of the Bola creek.

Sosoye

Nestled in the Wild and Scenic Valley Molignée meandering Sosoye is a charming small Condroz village. This large hamlet of limestone is stretches mainly along its main street.

Soulme

Perched atop a hill overlooking the Hermeton valley, the small village of Soulme is marked off by the Romanesque tower of his church.

Thon-Samson

History has always made a difference between the two, although today Thon and Samson are compose a single entity. Yet, a careful look at their respective settings and building types will reveal differences that have survived through the centuries.

Torgny

Hidden away on the southern border of Belgium, a piece of Loraine with a privileged micro climate is warmed by the sun and the golden hues of the stone facades, crowned by roofs of orange Roman tiles… You are at the heart of the ” Belgian Provence … “!

Vierves-sur-Viroin

The Viroin River traces the border between the Fagne and the Ardennes. This deep valley defines one of Belgium’s most beautiful natural settings, offering endless pathways and spectacular views. Vierves is certainly one of its pearls, signaled by the castle towers.

Wéris

Along the edge of the Fagne-Famenne region, in a landscape of fields and meadows, just beneath the wooded ridge, the slate bell tower of the romanesque church of St. Walburgaa announces the presence of the village.