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Hiking, biking, boating and art taste in the Leie region

Many artists found inspiration in the romantic Leielandschap. Their works can be admired in museums, and bike and hiking trails show you the Leieregio through their eyes.

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Albijn Van den Abeele chase

Sint-Martens-Latem is already for centuries known as an artists village. The double Leiebocht with the St. Martin’s church and the white villas is beautifully schildersmateriaal. Nowadays, there is a artist tour dedicated to Albijn Van den Abeele. This city secretary and himself an amateur painter, was called the artists who came to the villages welcome. Together they formed the ‘Latem School’. The nine-kilometre-long hiking route runs along the beautiful places that you see in their paintings. Not only a fine tour for art lovers, but also for hikers who like to enjoy the outdoors.

Cycling of André to Stijn for René

Anzegem, Deerlijk and Wielsbeke are right on the pedals to three writers/poets from the region to honor. This tourist literary route connects the André Demedts-house (Wielsbeke), The Lijsternest of Stijn streuvels served (Anzegem) and René De Clercq-museum (Badly) with each other.

The loop of 42 km will guide you past the living and workplaces of the authors. In between, you ride in the beautiful landscapes of the Lys. (Anne Peeters)

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The Golden River

For many decades it was the Leie region, the vlasstreek and gold that Lys as the golden river. The flax is largely gone, but the textielknowhow and the souvenirs remained. These memories are collected in Texture, the sleek museum in Kortrijk. To be found in the vlasverzendhuis of the Linen Thread Company, right at that Lys. You will also be treated to fun streektips. Of buurtcafés to events.

Walking with Stijn streuvels served

The Network Stijn streuvels served the 10th junction network in the province, good for 119 kilometres of hiking trails and 157 nodes. The crossed Anzegem, Zwevegem, Wortegem-Petegem and its hamlets and thread paths and kerkwegels together. Tiegemberg is the heart of the hiking area. (Sophie Allegaert)

Summer tours on the river Leie

By the Lys walk countless rivers and canals. No better way to get that beautiful piece of Belgium to explore from the water. Boat trips are available in the summer available in all shapes and sizes.

So you can take a boat trip through the historical centre of Ghent; to sail with a speedboat on the river Leie, whether or not combined with a visit to a brewery; in a luxesloep bobbing up and down in the area around Deinze and Sint-Martens-Latem and go off to castle Ooidonk to visit; a night excursion in an old barge on the canal Bossuit-Kortrijk.

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Educational tours are also possible. During an electrical bootroute on the Gavermeer you will learn for example all about the abstraction of drinking water, the waterfowl and the history of the domain.

During a very nice boat trip between Deinze and Latem you will pass the landscape painters, as well as poets and inspiration. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy on several places in a canoe or kayak rental and with or without guidance from them.

Museum Gevaert-Minne

In the former home of painter Edgar Gevaert (1891-1965) is since 1994 the Museum Gevaert-Minne housed. The couple Gevaert-Minne was founded in Sint-Martens-Latem the natuurvoedingsfabriek for macribiotische power supply LIMA. Of that factory is every trace has disappeared, but the works of art of Gevaert remained, fortunately, survived. In the free museum are also works of, among others, his father-in-law George Minne, Albert Servaes, and Valerius de Saedeleer.

Museum Gevaert-Minne, Edgard Gevaertdreef, 9830 Sint-Martens-Latem

Museum of Deinze and the Leie region

More art is to be found in the Museum of Deinze and the Leie region, abbreviated mudel. You will get a complete overview of the Leiekunst from 1875 to date. In addition to works by Emile Claus, George Minne, Albijn Van den Abeele, Albert Servaes, Constant Permeke and Raoul De Keyser, there are ever-changing, temporary exhibitions.

Roger Raveel Museum

The museum dedicated to the painter Roger Raveel is a landmark in itself. It is situated next to the former rectory in Machelen-aan-de-Leie, designed by Stéphane Beel. Roger Raveel spent his entire life in his native village, and painted everything he saw. In the museum you will see more than 200 paintings, 600 drawings, objects and installations a complete overview of his oeuvre. The museum is also the starting point of a cycle route further along the French military cemetery in Machelen, the studio of Roger Raveel and the André Demedtshuis in Sint-Baafs-Vijve.

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Cycling in the footsteps of the picturesque river Leie

A lot more tips for cycling in the Leie region, you will read in the Fietsbelevingsgids “In the footsteps of the scenic Leie’. Included are the five original routes, each around a theme described in detail: the Kasteelroute, water route, Escape route, Droomroute and Meesterroute. You can use the guide for six euros order via Toerisme Leiestreek.

Relax on a terrace at the water

During a summer hike or bike, it is lovely to have a break to keep on a terrace at the water. The beautiful terrace of the Gasthof Halifax was a few years ago by Gault&Millau elected the most beautiful terrace in Flanders. On the beautiful terrace Au Bain Marie in Deinze separates only a small hedge, the guests of the water. Even more tips: ‘t Holy Huizeken in Drongen and Nenuphar in Afsnee. A full list of terraces at the water, you will find on the website of Tourism Lys.

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