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Introduction

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Wallonia is one of the two main regions in Belgium and is the French speaking part of the country. It covers roughly the southern half of the country and about 40% of the total population of the country.

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Provinces

  • Walloon Brabant
  • Hainaut
  • Namur Province
  • Liège Province
  • Luxembourg

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Sights and Activities

Ardennes

The Ardennes are the higher forested areas in the east of the country and also stretch into Luxemburg and northern France though. Most of the area is between 350 and 500 metres high, with the highest point almost being 700 metres in the northeast towards the borders with Germany, where it joins the Eifel Mountains. Forests, rocks, waterfalls, rivers, there are many great things to explore including some fine small towns, with abbeys, castles and other ancient buildings. It is a popular place to go kayaking, biking, hiking or just explore the large area by car.

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Weather

Wallonia has a mild climate with almost no extremes. Summers are relatively cool with average daytime temperatures around 20 °C, although temperatures of 35 °C are not impossible on some days and they can vary from one place to another. The coastal areas will generally not have temperatures over 30 °C, while more inland it can be 5 °C to 10 °C warmer. The higher parts in the east are a bit cooler during summer nights. Winters, on the other hand, are mild, and temperatures below 0 °C during the day do not occur that often. A snow carpet lasting for more than a few days is relatively rare, except in the Ardennes region in the east where the higher parts might be white for days, if not weeks. The best months to travel around Belgium are probably May and June, when days are long and apart from occasional showers, rainfall is lowest. September is fairly good as well, although days are shorter. July and August can be good, if it weren't for the crowds on some places.

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Getting There

By Plane

Brussels Airport (BRU) is the primary international airport. It is located in the small town of Zaventem, near Brussels. It deals primarily with flights from and to European cities, although a number of African and Middle Eastern cities are serviced and Jet Airways provides flights from India and the USA.

The second major airport is Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL), which is used primarily for Ryanair flights. There are smaller international airports at Antwerp, Liège and Ostend. The latter two are primarily used for charter flights.

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