The Famenne-Ardenne Geopark, unspoilt nature
Belgium is lucky to have a UNESCO-recognised Geopark in the south of the country. This is the Famenne-Ardenne Geopark, an area of 911 km2 which covers the valleys of three rivers, the Lesse, the Lomme and the Ourthe.
What exactly is a UNESCO Geopark?
It is an area where internationally important geological heritage is showcased for both tourism and scientific purposes. Belgium is a pioneer in stratigraphic science, which is the study of the succession of different geological layers. The space is managed sustainably, protecting nature and raising public awareness about preservation. A series of good environmental practices have been developed in the geopark to promote renewable energies and “green tourism”.
The Famenne-Ardenne has everything it needs to satisfy these criteria. It is one of the richest European regions for karstic phenomena, due to the dissolution of limestone and characterised among other things by cavities hollowed out by underground waterways. Indeed, the region boasts many outstanding caves in Han, Rochefort and Hotton. On the surface, tourists come to see the calcareous grasslands rich in biodiversity and the well-preserved and restored ancient built heritage.
The eight municipalities (Beauraing, Wellin, Rochefort, Tellin, Marche-en-Famenne, Nassogne, Hotton and Durbuy) offer a blend of natural sites and cultural locations and a rich range of local products including the Trappist beer of Rochefort.
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