Durbuy is a small town located in eastern Belgium, in the Wallonia. It’s small in size, but big in charm. The perfect place for a calm weekend getaway, or just to spend the day, in case you want to explore the rest of the region. Durbuy has a medieval vibe, you feel like going back in time when in the historic center, full of stone buildings. It’s for sure my happy place in Wallonia.
Here are 5 things to do in Durbuy
1. Explore the city center by foot
The best way to explore Durbuy is by foot. Its stone houses, cobbled streets, and small alleys are very photogenic. If you have the chance, sleep in the city. It has a magical atmosphere at night, especially during the Christmas season, or Halloween night.
2. Take a hike to the highest point of the city
A quick hike leads you to the highest point of the city, the Homalius’ Rock, the perfect spot to see Durbuy from the top. Just for curiosity, the rock is over 300 million years old, crazy! Well, from there you can keep walking to the local jam factory located nearby. Check it out the next topic of the list.
3. Visit the Confiturerie Saint-Amour and buy some artisanal products
The Confiturerie Saint-Amour is an artisanal jam factory, you can get there walking from the Homalius’ Rock, or by car. This small factory has a store in the back where you can find many local products. I love the jams and the mustards mixed with different ingredients. The factory looks like a regular house, be careful to not miss the place.
4. Try the local beers that you can find only in the region
Pretty much every Belgian city/region has its own beers. Durbuy is no different. There you can drink the Marckloff from Brasserie La Ferme au Chêne. The brewery is located in the city, so it’s easy to pay a visit. There’s also the Durboyse beer, which has the name of the city but it’s not brewed in there (still something to try).
5. Do some outdoor activity
The region (not only Durbuy) is great for outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, just to name a few.
EXTRA: Visit the topiary park
This is an extra because I’ve never entered the park. But it’s an interesting thing to do in case you’re into gardening.