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Tourist Information by Meredith
self-catering in Namur Province / Namur
General summary of city:
Namur is the capital of Wallonia,
the French speaking southern part of Belgium. It is also the most important
town in the province of Namur. This place of historic interest is situated
60 km south-east of Brussels, Belgium's capital city.
Over the past hundreds of
years, Namur has acquired the status of being one of the most strategic
places in Belgium because of its geographical location. Namur dwells at
the confluence of the Sambre River and the Meuse River which are the two
major waterways. The very fact that the town is located at the union of
these two rivers bears a lot in terms of historical and military significance.
The foundation of Namur goes
back to the age old Roman era. Namur played a major role due to its strategic
location and the place witnessed a lot of wars and subsequent destruction
of monuments and buildings right from Roman aggression through the Second
World War. The city has undergone a lot of makeover with changing times.
You may not find a lot of archaeological remains or artifacts because most
of them have been destroyed in historical conquests. However the city is
rich enough to offer the visitor a lot of pleasant diversions which may
leave him or her asking for more.
The city has a population
of more than 100,000. The terrain is largely hilly and agricultural. You
will find a lot of extensive granite, marble and limestone quarries here.
Also found are glass and cutlery factories. A resort industry is steadily
taking shape along the southern stretch of the Meuse.
French is vastly spoken
widely and mostly no one but a true Belgian may be able to discern the
difference between the Belgian and French accents here. Namur is a beautiful
locale replete with hotels and restaurants that promise to keep visitors
mesmerized and natives proud.
Places of interest:
The greatest monument and
the proud landmark of Namur is the Citadel. The place echoes with historical
significance. It served as a strategic fortress and was witness to many
aggressions, sieges and numerous wars. The Citadel also underwent many
reconstructions in the course of time. You cannot afford to miss out on
this beautiful piece of history in Namur. The Citadel is open through out
the day for visitors to partake in the rich past of the historic wonder.
The Meat Hall is another
monument which can hold visitor interest. Built on the banks of the Sambre,
it is one of the most significant archaeological museums of Wallonia. Constructed
in the later half of the sixteenth century, the structure made of blue
stones and brick is another irresistible attraction.
Namur's only belfry tower
(bell tower) is the St. James tower built in the later half of the fourteenth
century. Situated on the Place des Armes, the tower overlooks the city
and was used quite strategically in the olden times to look out for any
kind of impending attack on the province. The St. Alban's Cathedral with
its Italian influence is another traffic stopper.
Things to do:
Besides being a popular tourist
center with an attractive landscape, Namur has a casino in the southern
part of the left bank of the Meuse. Namur is also quite famous for the
beer festival at Easter. If you are visiting Namur in September, you can
watch a peculiar Namurois custom called the Combat de l'Echasse d'Or (Fight
for the Golden Stilt). Held annually on the third Sunday in September,
you can witness two teams known as the Avresses and the Mélans,
dressing up in traditional outfits while standing on stilts and performing
a battle-skit in one of the town's main areas.
The place is famous for churches
and cathedrals, prominent among being them being the St. Albans Cathedral.
You can walk through the narrow streets of Namur and visit some of the
interesting museums Namur has to offer. If you have less time, then you
can visit Trésor d'Hugo d'Oignies at the Jue Billiart Street 17.
You can witness some beautiful gold and silver artifacts and reliquaries
belonging to the early 13th century.
One should visit the historical
places of interest including the demilitarized Citadel. Here you can visit
the Guy Delforge Parfumerie. The workshop open to public participation
shows you the step by step process involved in producing some of the best
perfumes in the world.
Food and Drink:
Namur is famous for food
which has a mixture of German quantity and French quality. People in Belgium
follow a strict etiquette when it comes to food and drinks. The local dishes
in Namur are palatable to say the least. Meat and red wine are the favourites
here and Burgundy sells like, well chilled beer.
Flamiche is another favorite.
The rich chest flamiche cooked over a wood fire is relished with a lot
of interest here. So much is the public love for flamiche that there is
a flamiche festival which is held every September in Dinant, a town near
Namur. The flamiche is complimented well with the drink amber ale. The
flamiche-amber ale combination is akin to the pizza-wine combination that
you have in the US. People in Namur also love their beer and there are
some who like to have beer along with the flamiche instead of the amber
ale. The prominent beer names are Sara (bittersweet in taste) and Joseph
(fruity to taste).
Among meat, venison, Ardennes
sausage, smoked ham, veal, pork and the famous Ardennes paté is
favored. The health conscious folks of Wallonia and Namur are quite particular
about their salads. In fact, the salade liégeoise, rich with warm
bacon pieces and green beans, is predominantly indulged in throughout the
region. The dessert consists of tarts topped with rhubarb or sugar.
Namur has plenty of restaurants,
cafes and boutiques. It is a shopping haven for books, stationery, CDs
and DVDs. There are two popular cinema halls the Cameo in Rue de Carmes
and the Elderado in Rue de Fer. The former can be accessed when you take
a two minute walk down the narrow street from the Elderado through the
The Royal Theatre of Namur
is a cute and attractive looking theatre which underwent renovation few
years ago. Visitors have a free entry although the main hall may not be
accessible during rehearsals. The Theatre of Namur plays about 100 different
shows and concerts every year, of which about half of them take place in
the magnificent Royal Theatre of Namur.
The Royal Theatre is an Italian
style theatre prepared with state of the art acoustic technology. The stage
operation is computerized to a certain extent. Thanks to the fibre optic
technology the theatre is connected directly to the Belgian radio and TV
channels. The main auditorium or the Royal hall has 950 seats while there
are other halls with lesser seats and a foyer. The Theatre of Namur also
arranges for shows at the Grand Manège of Namur, concerts in some
of the prominent churches of the city and also holds some prominent events
at the Citadel.
Featured self-catering in Namur Province
/ Namur Hotels
Author: Meredith Booney Website
Meredith Booney is a freelance travel writer with over 20 years of experience
writing for travel journals, newspapers and magazines. Belgium Tourist
/ VACATION RENTAL ACCOMMODATION IN NAMUR PROVINCE, BELGIUM
for more Namur self-catering accommodation
Grillet (Ref: 40520)
self catering home in
Situated completely on the
south, in a peaceful town, in the middle of the intersection of three valleys
(Bocq, Meuse et Molignée), A completely renovated, ground floor
holiday house (60m2). Refined and very comfortable interior. Heated indoor
swimming pool. Swimming pool is shared with the owner. Various sports and
cultural activities in the neighbourhood. Highly recommended!!
Ground floor: 1 livingroom (TV (cable), DVD player, CD player), 1 open
plan kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher), 2x bedroom (double bed), 1
bathroom (tumble dryer, bath, sink, washing machine), 1 WC, 1 storage room.
General: bedding, heating (central), garden, garden furniture, BBQ, parking,
swimmingpool (shared, heated, roofed, 10 x 4 m.), cot, high chair.
Aimé (Ref: 40517)
self catering cottage
in THYNES-DINANT, Belgium
Situated in the protected
part of the beautiful village of Thynes, there where the river of the Leffe-valley
takes its rise, a typical house(120 m2) , cosy and full of atmosphere.
An escapade in this region enables you to walk in the splendid forests,
visit breweries, climb the rocks of Freyr, practise watersports on the
Meuse at Dinant (7 km), and discover the neighbouring valley of Molignée.
You can also visit the famous monasteries of Maredsous and Chevetogne.
The respect of this peaceful place is very much appreciated by the owner.
A beautiful place to discover! Sleeps 8.
Acacias (Ref: 40515)
self catering villa in
A charming chalet (33 m2),
situated on a small holiday park, on the height of Dinant. Small playground
in the park. The chalet is furnished with comfort, in a forestry, quiet
area. Beautiful hiking possibilities in a splendid surrounding. Ground
floor: 1 livingroom (TV (satellite), DVD player, radio, CD player, high
chair), 1 open plan kitchen (microwave), 1 bedroom (double bed, bedding,
cot), 1 bathroom (shower unit in the bath, sink, Toilet). General: heating
(electric), terrace (private), garden (fenced, private), garden furniture,
BBQ, parking. Sleeps 2.
Château de Dorinne (Ref: 40519)
self catering castle
in DORINNE, Belgium
This holiday home is located
at the edge of a charming village in a small park, existing of the right
wing (80 m2) of a castle. Situated on a beautiful, wooded estate, making
part of a restored castle and near a farm in full operation. Worth while
visiting: Spontin (castle), Dinant and Yvoir. Ground floor:
1 hall, 1 sitting room (TV (cable), VCR, DVD player), 1 kitchen diner (oven,
microwave, dishwasher). On 1st floor: 1 bedroom (4 x single bed), 1 bedroom
(double bed), 1 bathroom (shower, sink, Toilet). General: heating (central),
garden (fenced), garden furniture, BBQ, tennis court (shared), bowling
alley, cot, playpen. Sleeps 6.
gite de Bellevue (Ref: 40514)
self catering home in
Situated on an incline with
a splendid view over Dinant from your terrace. This charming cottage (38m2)
which can be found on the same property as the house owner. Dinant is a
lively city with many activities. You have complete peace in and around
your cottage! Ground floor: 1 livingroom (TV (cable), radio),
1 open plan kitchen (microwave, dishwasher), 1 gallery bedroom (double
bed), 1 bathroom (shower, sink, Toilet). General: heating (electric).
Ardenne's door (Ref: 40521)
self catering home in
A well-decorated cottage,
in a side wing of a U-shaped house, recently built out of old Flemish farmhouse-bricks.
The cottage enjoys a wonderful setting, amidst the fields, along a very
quiet road, with a beautiful view on the landscape of the 7 Hills. Come
and take long walks through fields and forests, on foot, by bicycle, on
horseback or on a motorcycle; visit the monumental village of Crupet, the
medieval castle of Spontin or the cities Dinant and Yvoir; go fishing in
the Bocq or the Meuse; hop on the small touristic train of Draisines; climb
the cliffs of Dinant or explore the depths of the earth in Eglise ...