You will find a quiet polder area between historic Bruges and the Belgian coast. Get on your bike and explore these green areas full of meadows, mills, small polder houses and the Bruges Ommeland. This route takes you from Lissewege in the direction of Ostend and then back in the direction of Bruges.
The white village of Lissewege
The village of Lissewege is a stone's throw from the Flemish coast and Bruges. This village is the starting point of this route. Lissewege is also called the 'white village', because the houses in the old village center were painted white centuries ago. You will also find an imposing church from the 13th century that towers above the village. This church is definitely worth a visit, but the old houses along the picturesque old Vaartje are also a feast for the eyes. Just outside the village center you will find the former Cistercian abbey Ter Doest. From Lissewege you cycle through the quiet countryside to the Ghent-Bruges canal, one of the oldest canals in Western Europe.
Then you cycle back to Lissewege along the outskirts of Bruges. Be sure to take a stroll and take a look at Bruges if you have the time. This historic city is bursting with beautiful sights that you really must see.
The Bruges Reien
The current, world-famous and World Heritage-protected Bruges Canals are in fact the downstream part of the Zuidleie. You drive here on a historic route, because until the mid-19th century the canal was the main transport route for passengers and goods between Bruges and Ghent. The boats were pulled by horses or people on the canal bank. Where the barges stopped along the canal, small residential centers with inns arose.