Discover the blossom locations in the Haspengouw
Have you ever been in the Haspengouw? In my blog I share some blossom locations in the Haspengouw: blossom walking trails, blossom bars and where you can sleep. This fruit region is located in the Belgian Province Limburg and is the largest fruit region in Europe after South Tyrol. It smells so good here. It seems like a great getaway to sharpen all your senses. Are you coming to discover the blossom locations?
From Sint-Truiden, Borgloon to Tongeren you will find countless activities here to celebrate the blossom season. Keep an eye on the blossom meter, because nature will not be guided. The first blossoms began almost to bloom at the end of March/beginning of April. I’ve been told that it starts with the cherries (pink), then the pears (white) and last the apple (pink) blossom. Probably this can of course vary. Therefore from April to early May, the rolling fertile landscape is enchantingly beautiful, with rows full of pink and white blossom trees.
From May – October
After the blossom period, the fruit will grow and there will also be several fruit events, like several tours in the vineyards.
To discover: touring, stairs or steps?
In advance we had picked out a few blossom events, because the area is very large to discover everything in one time. There are several routes to explore the fruit zones: by car, vespa scooter, bike (e-bike is recommended with all those hills) or on foot. We have explored the Haspengouw by car and participated in the activities in the surroundings of Sint-Truiden. There are several locations where you can park your car and then take a blossom walk. Whatever you choose, every tour shows has its own great spots. There are plenty of stops, also where you can picnic or rest on a blossom terrace with local products.
Blossom locations in the Haspengouw: walks and blossom bars
Le Bon Vinvant
This blossom terrace is located on the Hondsberg in Zepperen. The car can be parked at the children’s farm on the Zwartweidestraat and then it is about 1 km walk. Blossom walks are also organized from here. Rows full of beautiful blossoms, very beautiful to see. Furthermore, a staging is placed, where you have a nice overview of the blossoms. At the blossoms is a terrace where you can eat and drink with local products such as white brushes with applesauce, Haspengouwse burgers, regional beer and various Haspengouwse wines and bubbles. On Friday there is a bbq with a campfire.
BFV Blossom Bar
This is one of the larger blossom terraces and is located in Velm, a municipality of Sint-Truiden. The car can be parked on Attenhovestraat and from here it is a 0.9 miles walk to the blossom terrace. From the municipal square in Velm it is 2.5 km hiking, but from here also goes a shuttle service (a golf car). When you smell the blossom, you’re almost. Here is also a beautiful blossom sea. There is a 3 km walk along the apple and pear plantations.
Here you really feel in the Haspengouw Hills, a very nice detail are the white Haspengouw “Hollywood-like” letters that show off on the rolling hills. On either side of the path you can lounge on the lounge chairs, sit on the fruit boxes or hang at the bar tables. In the middle is the indoor lounge bar, where you can eat and drink. Beyond the bar is the stage where local artists perform and play music for young and old people.
Evening walk/Nocturnes at blossom locations in the Haspengouw
In the evenings there is also plenty to do. Firepots nocturnes are held at various locations. In the evenings you walk through the orchards with burning firepots. A guide tells fruit stories, but not only during the blossom period these noctures are kept. Also, nocturnes are also organized in the wine season between the vineyards (in September and October).
5x Greatest overnight stays at blossom locations in the Haspengouw
After an active walking day, it’s nice to have a location in advance where you can sleep as the Flemish say; to rest. Like the many blossoms, you have a lot of B&Bs here, but also original sleeping addresses*. How about the following locations?
- Camping in an orchard
Lovely old-fashioned camping among the blossoms. You can stay an overnight. Wake up in your own tent and smell the blossoms. In a tent max. 4 people can stay an overnight.
Location: Fruit company Porreye in Sint-Truiden during the blossom season.
- Between the highest trees
In Borgloon you can sleep all year in a holiday unit for 6 people. Breakfast on your terrace (in good weather of course) and wakes up between the fruit trees.
- Pole camping
Do you want to sleep at heigh, you can. These locations are located along the long-distance hiking trails. To unwind, these locations are not accessible by car. Some locations: Speelboomgaard Grootloon and Jesseren in Borgloon, Hemelspark in Kortessem and Kerkom in Sint-Truiden.
Have your fear of heights or love more luxury, but you still want to stay in nature. Of course, you’re probably going to glamping. Wake up in one of the six tents with a comfortable bed and bathroom.
Location: Domein van het Goed van Gothem in Heers.
Now I hear you think, what the hell is that? For the greatest experience you sleep in a tree tent, which takes the form of a tear-shaped sculpture. In a drift to Hex castle are the designed Treetents by artist Dré Wapenaar. This special experience can be experienced from April to September. You can book at Toerisme Borgloon.
*Source: Association of Haspengouwse municipalities and tourist offices
More inspiration for walks? You can download many routes and find information on hiking routes in Limburg.