Belgium by motorhome:
What to see, travel guide, map of a route and the 16 best destinations in Belgium.
A proposal from our experience of travel to Belgium by motorhome for 15 days. A trip to Belgium with children. A family trip, where we have enjoyed discovering the less known and surprising Belgium.
What to see in Belgium? What do I need to know to travel to Belgium by motorhome? Which route through Belgium is better? What to see in Belgium with children? Where to sleep in a motorhome in Belgium?
We will solve all these questions for you with our travel guide to Belgium by motorhome. A proposed route through Belgium, Flanders, with the 16 best destinations. Where you will discover lands of medieval cities, fairytale villages, magical forests, elegant landscapes anchored in another time and surprising cycling routes.
Flanders, the surprising Belgium route
Flanders is without a doubt the land of legends, tales and elegance. Without a doubt, it is one of the regions with the most history and one of the most beautiful in Belgium and Europe, I would dare to say.
But, above all, it is a region where elegance, harmony, beauty, tranquility and nature breathe. Today it combines this peace with high tourism, since its appearance makes it one of the regions of more character from Belgium and Europe.
A Elegant and medieval historical region. Perfect to visit for at least a week.
We loved this trip to Belgium by motorhome, now it's up to you to discover it. Do not miss it!
Basic guide to travel to Belgium
If you have questions about Belgium, what language is spoken? Belgium what language do you speak? Belgium official language, which one?
Well here is the answer, These are the 3 official languages in Belgium:
- Dutch (60% of the population), spoken in northern Belgium in its Flemish dialect. On our journey it is the language we mainly hear.
- French (39% of the population), language of Brussels and the region of Wallonia to the south of Belgium.
- German (1% of the population), in a small area that touches Germany.
Basic words in Flemish (Dutch)
Good morning: Goedemorgen.
Good afternoon: Goedemiddag.
Good evening: Goedenacht.
You're welcome: Graag gedaan.
Please: Alstublieft / Gelieve.
Goodbye: Dag / Tot ziens.
Belgium average prices
The prices are similar to France, a little higher than Spain in most products, but not much more expensive.
Territorial organization of Belgium
3 Regions: Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels
10 Provinces: Antwerp (capital Antwerp), East Flanders (capital Ghent), Flemish Brabant (capital Leuven), Limburg (capital Hasselt), West Flanders (capital Bruges), Hainaut (capital Mons), Liege (where German is spoken) , Luxembourg (capital Arlon), Namur (capital Namur) and Walloon Brabant (capital Wavre).
You should also know that Belgium belongs to the European Union, Belgium belongs to the European Union in fact from the first years.
If you ask yourself: Where is Belgium, here is the answer.
Belgium on the map of Europe
Belgium map of its provinces:
Capital of Belgium
Belgium inhabitants / Belgium population:
Approximately 11.000.000 inhabitants throughout Belgium.
Typical Belgian gastronomy
Tasting the gastronomy of the country where we travel should be a must on our trips.
In Belgium buying in supermarkets is similar to that in Spain. Now, restaurants don't have a menu like here. Usually paper and you usually eat only one dish and usually without dessert. It is true that the dishes are large and sufficient.
There is a lot of restaurant fast food and delicatessens that for a low price, around 10 euros per person you will eat well. But if what you want is to try quality gastronomy of the country, it has an average price per person of 20 euros for just one dish.
Be that as it may, don't leave without trying the following typical Belgian food
Typical food in Belgium
- The Frieten, the French fries with a thousand sauces to choose from. Belgians especially love them with mayonnaise. The Belgians consider that they invented them.
- Carbonade flamande or stoofvless in Dutch, the beef stew par excellence accompanied by French fries.
- Stoemp, the muré of potatoes with vegetables. They put it to accompany many times the typical large stuffed meatball in Belgium or other meat or fish dishes.
- Moules frites, mussels with chips. The same as the French but with a variety of very rich sauces. Of course, here the plate costs twice as much as in France.
- Garnaalkroket, delicious prawn or shrimp croquettes. Shrimp in general is very tasty and they also put it in salads or as a side, especially on the Belgian coast.
Typical Belgian sweets
- The chocolade, Belgian chocolate. Inventors of the praline and with great brands such as Neuhaus, Godiva, Leónidas, Marcolini, Nirvana, etc ...
- Wafels, the super Belgian waffles that there are of different varieties and types of doughs and topings.
- Cuberdons or also called in Flanders neuzekes (noses), like a chocolate made with syrup and gum arabic. We saw them especially in Ghent. They are like sweets.
Typical Belgian drinks
- Belgian beer. The quintessential drink. They say it is the best beer in the world. They are beers of higher graduation than in Spain and they are delicious. The ones we liked the most are Grimbergen, Leffe, Stella Artois, Westmalle ... Most of them are made in Trappist abbeys or monasteries.
Regulations for parking and overnight in Belgium in a motorhome
Belgium is a country where you can stay overnight and park anywhere that is not prohibited by a municipal ordinance or regulation. The regulations are like the Spanish in terms of spending the night in a van or motorhome.
On the Belgian coast it is difficult to park and spend the night in a motorhome, but in the rest of the country there are quite a few authorized areas.
In addition, there are quite a few places with motorhome parking and motorhome areas for payment and also free in some small towns. The latter are, however, very exceptional compared to countries like France.
If you are not in a motorhome area, you will see that sometimes it is difficult to throw the garbage in this country. The containers are not public and are first scarce on the street and secondly they are closed (they work with a key or card).
Roads of Belgium
In Belgium the roads they are all free, although there are no excellent highways like the toll roads in France and Spain. They have some bumps, but generally they are good.
Bicycle, an essential in Belgium to get around. And watch out for them when you drive!
On the other hand, keep in mind to move around the cities and towns that the means of transport par excellence are the bikes.
Be vigilant when driving, cyclists always have preference and also go without a helmet.
And if you can, bring your bike with you, rain or shine is a must to enjoy this trip.
Official tourism website of Belgium for the Flanders and Brussels region:
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Our experience: route and travel expenses in Belgium by motorhome
Summary of our trip to Belgium by motorhome
15 days in late July and early August.
Starting on the southern coast of Belgium, in De Panne, and going through the Flanders and Brussels region until reaching the province of Limburg, close to the Netherlands and Germany.
Without a doubt, a route where we combine Beaches, fairytale cities and towns, unique bike routes in the world between water and trees, castles and multiple activities to discover Belgium beyond the typical tourist.
Expenses of the 15-day route through Belgium in a motorhome
In total, this trip that we have made in a motorhome for 15 days in Belgium has a cost of 2500 € uros, Cost for all 4 that we are in the family.
First, 800 euros is the cost of gasoline and tolls to go and return to Barcelona and move on this route through Belgium
Then you have to add the costs of overnight areas, campsites and parking lots which in total has been €192. A high price considering that we have only gone to one campsite and two payment areas throughout the route, but the parking lots in this case have added a lot.
Next, we add the visits and tickets to the different places visited. A cost that has been € 566. Then spending on restaurants and hotels for € 766.6. And finally, we have expenses for souvenirs, washing machines and supermarkets of about € 300.
Also, remember that we go in our motorhome. Now, if you do not have a motorhome and you want to rent one, add about € 50-100 per day if you rent it in France or € 100-180 per day if you rent it in Spain approximately and that in the middle season.
Consequently, we always recommend to friends to rent a motorhome or van through Yescapa, a platform like air b and b, for rent between individuals with insurance through. It is cheaper and we have very good experiences with friends who have done it.
Finally, we recommend you rent a motorhome or camper in Yescapa from this link where Yescapa offers you the best offer: motorhome rental with Yescapa
The road map of Belgium by motorhome
Belgium cities and sites visited chronologically within our trip to Belgium by motorhome.
Days of the trip:
a) Day 1: De Panne, beach
b) 2: De Panne, the amusement park of Maya the Bee: Plopsaland
c) 3: Ostend, seals in the sea and James Ensor
c) 4: Witches
d) 5: Bruges and Damme
e) 6: Ghent
f) 7: Ghent
g) 8: Impressive castles: Gaasbeek and Beersel
h) 9: Brussels
i) 10: Rootselaar a bathing lake and bike routes
j) 11: Leuven
k) 12: The largest castle in Belgium: Alden Biesen
l) 13: Cycling route through the water in Bokrejik
m) 14: The impressive open-air museum of Belgian folklore
n) 15: Cycle route through the treetops in Bosland
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Our route through Belgium on the map: route through Belgium by motorhome
Click to see the information and details of the coordinates of each place we have visited during our route through Belgium in a motorhome, which you can also do by camper van or car for free.
Belgium what to see: The 16 best essential destinations on a route through Belgium in a motorhome, camper or car on your own
Belgium what to see: 16 essential plans
And finally, in this article, we tell you our 16 essential destinations if you travel to Belgium after our 15-day trip.
Therefore, you will see that these places are arranged in chronological order and by visit during our route to help you in your trip planning. Starting in the southwest and ending in the northeast of Belgium.
Finally remember to do click on SEE each of the destinations and you will discover what to see and do in that destination, where to sleep in a motorhome and some advice or tips that will help you on your trip to Belgium.