Dinan: The Ideal City For Hiking Enthusiasts

Exotic walks with nature itself as a companion, beautiful walks in the beautiful Hangouts and a multitude of creative activities. There are a few that one can discover and choose from after making the decision to visit the beautiful town of Dinan, southeast of Brussels. A small town in the Belgian province of Namur and the birthplace of legendary saxophone maker Adolphe Sax, Dinan is where we will explore today.

A hidden treasure
Dinan’s location really refers to a hidden area because, despite being seaside, it is located on the steep side of a large rocky area that ends in the Meuse. It is considered an underrated destination that sits in the shadow of Belgium’s classic tourist resorts; however, it is a famous destination for those who want alternative and ardent tourism like hiking and close-to-nature activities.

The city of the saxophone
Dinan is considered the home of Adolphe Sax, probably the most popular man born in the region and promoter of his fame in music all over the world. It is for this reason that the city honors its memory with beautiful adornments with giant saxophones both in its sights and in its simple neighborhoods. There is also a museum dedicated to the sax, as well as to the instrument that bears its name since it wrote its own history in jazz music.
The same trend for the projection of the saxophone is observed on the “Charles de Gaulle” bridge, which is a crossing over the Meuse. However, it is not a simple bridge, as it is filled with 28 colorful saxophones, each placed in front of the flag of each country belonging to the European Union, paying special tribute to each of them and to the message of European cohesion. and solidarity.

Castle of Freire
In addition to its remarkable and beautiful location, Dinan has extremely interesting buildings and architecture that add other elements to excite you. Just outside the Belgian town and on the left bank of the Meuse is the imposing Chateau de Freyr. It is a medieval construction which dates back to 1378 and which over the years has suffered both destruction during the wars and reconstructions, repairs and additions. It bears several elements of the old royal residences of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and is often called “the little Versailles”. It is a remarkable historical monument with great interest for its interior, with large and numerous royal rooms, charming frescoes and historical furniture of the time which have been preserved and are accessible to visitors.
Externally, the castle contains many elements which were added under the instructions of the kings and nobles who lived in Freire, but the sight that the visitor will see is impressive. The beautiful gardens of the castle contain many well-preserved trees, statues and lakes, and especially places with excellent views. One can enjoy the view of the river and the forests or the wild beauty of the cliffs of the rocky part of the region. Equally impressive is the design of the grass which forms small “labyrinths”.

Nature trips
Dinan is a well-known destination for Belgian hikers and nature lovers. Around the town there is a strong element of natural simplicity, which the locals have made the most of by offering a variety of activities. Some of them are canoeing, horseback riding, mountaineering and rock climbing as well as exploring mysterious caves.

Walking and hiking are highly recommended
For the more “gentle” visitors, the area is ideal for carefree walks next to nature and beautiful nature trails that pass through charming forests. Pleasant walks are always offered along the river and in the rockier areas, which ultimately offer an exquisite view from above. In addition, the presence of the Meuse offers the possibility of sailing for moments of calm and relaxation.
Despite its relatively low popularity, Dinan is one of the best travel options for visitors who need to take a break from their daily lives and reward themselves and their loved ones with some vacation time. A trip to this small Belgian town is recommended for the spiritual tranquility and mental renewal that every traveler wishes to find.

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