Welcome to our 2nd stop: Wallonia marble route!
The Wallonia region in the South of Belgium is naturally rich in stone and offers several varieties of fine quality stones. The Belgian Bluestone, also called “Petit Granite” or “Pierre Bleue”, is the best known of Wallonia’s stones. It is extracted from different quarries surrounding the Walloon city of Soignies. Other known stones extracted in Wallonia are Golzinne black marble, Tournai Stone, red, pink and grey marbles, mainly located in different places along the French border.
The marble route is a two days tour combining visiting interesting sites and being acquainted with two types of stones, red marble and blue stone on one hand and two famous Belgian culinary products beer and chocolate in the other.
Rance is located between Sambre and Meuse rivers and it is the region where red marble used also in Versailles has been extracted for centuries. The tour includes visiting of the Museum of Marble, the ancient quarry “Beauchâteau” in Senzeilles, the cultural city Mons and drink authentic Trappist monastery ale at Chimay.
Soignies region is renowned for its Bluestone or “Petit Granit”. The tour may include a stroll through the city center where the bluestone shows itself in many facets through streets and alleys, a pass by an artisan chocolate factory producing some of the finest Belgian chocolates, a guided visit to nearby bluestone quarries. It may conclude with an evening visit to the small, welcoming and full of festivities city of Ath surrounded by two nature reserves.Below we provide a virtual tour of the main highlights of the route along with information and photos for all the points of interest. For more detailed information please visit the itineraries of this region.