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Looking ahead to your October half-term holiday but not sure where to go? Why not take the family somewhere new and unexpected? The beautiful Wallonia region – the southern, French-speaking half of Belgium – is reachable by car, train or plane from the UK in just a few hours. Wallonia is filled with family-friendly activities, picturesque rolling hills, spectacular river valleys and rare historical treasures. This place is one of Europe’s hidden gems.

When you choose self-catering accommodation by NOVASOL, you enjoy an unparalleled sense of freedom to explore Wallonia at your own pace. NOVASOL has an impressive portfolio of holiday homes in Belgium – including everything from cosy cottages and apartments to larger properties suitable for big groups – which are all conveniently located near the must-see sights and attractions, so you can experience the very best of what Wallonia has to offer.

Visit Wallonia’s attractive capital city, Namur, a town packed with imposing medieval architecture and historical intrigue. Or spend a relaxed afternoon strolling around Durbuy, the ‘smallest city in the world’.

Cosy NOVASOL accommodation

Aquascape Virelles nature park

The pretty town of Durbuy in Wallonia

Darbury’s narrow, winding walkways look like a film set (or even a fairytale) – and are lined with quaint cottages and fascinating little shops selling the nest of Belgium’s legendary food and drink: hams, pâtés, pastries, chocolates and, of course, its famous beers, revered the world over.

For outdoor types, the awe-inspiring Ardennes are within easy reach of your NOVASOL holiday home. These scenic hills o er some of the best cycling and hiking in Europe, with a variety of trails, so the whole family can tackle the one that suits as well as mighty rivers which provide the opportunity for great kayaking and canoeing. Going underground, Wallonia is also home to the Caves of Han, a fantastical labyrinth of caverns, grottoes and subterranean lakes.

Outdoor adventures needn’t end in the Ardennes. Visit Forestia park and experience tree-top adventure trails, as well as up-close encounters with wild animals. Alternatively, for something a little more sedate, visit the celebrated town of Spa – known for its rejuvenating and wellness-promoting thermal baths – for a day of pure relaxation. In so many ways, Wallonia will put a spring in your step.

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Find out more about Novasol’s holiday homes in Wallonia