Charleroi and its rich industrial past are a magnet for fans of urban and underground activities. Its surroundings, a mosaic of open landscapes with forested valleys and listed heritage sites, are a land of contrasts and offer an unforgettable experience. Stroll down the towpath along the Sambre river, located in the heart of the brownfields and amid a profusion of street art, or climb atop a slag heap to take in a majestic view of the city and its hinterland.

For cyclists and cycling tourists, Charleroi is also an important hub of regional (Province of Hainaut) and European trail networks. A points noeuds (node-based marker network) is being rolled out.

The city boasts a glorious sporting past in which cycling has always been in the limelight, including six Tour de France stages (1957, 1961, the Grand Départ in 1975, 1977, 1995 and 2004). Charleroi is proud to again host the Flèche Wallonne, a race which has already started here 28 times before and puts it on the map of international cycling.

The last time La Flèche Wallonne started in Charleroi was in 2012 © Ville de Charleroi