Belgium // Hainaut and Wallonian Brabant //


From Couvin bus and train station, it’s a ten-minute walk south to the main square along rue de la Gare and its continuation, Faubourg St-Germain. The tourist office is on the way to the Cavernes de l’Abîme, at rue de la Falaise 3 (Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm; t 060 34 01 40, w The best place to eat hereabouts is the fabled Brasserie des Fagnes, outside Couvin on the way to Mariembourg (t 060 31 15 70; July & Aug daily 10am–9pm; rest of year Tues–Fri 11am–7.30pm, Sat & Sun 11am–9pm), which is very popular and does delicious, crispy pizza-breads topped with cheeses and ham, and serves them with its own beer, Super des Fagnes – of which there are no less than five hundred varieties, from the usual brown, blond and cherry brews to daily specials like a coriander and orange-flavoured ale.

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