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The must-sees

  • Washhouses and watering places: At both ends of the village, buildings demonstrate the functions of water in the rural life of the past
  • Tobacco drying kilns: The presence of many witnesses to an activity that has made the Semois rich and famous
  • Lattice Bridge: A bridge of latticed wood crossing the Semois, which is dismantled and reassembled every year during the summer
  • Ancient views of village life: Boards installed in the village with photos of life in the past
  • Interpretive tour: Discovery tour of the village with educational boards (Starting point: Place du village)
  • Semois Valley: A site of great biological interest “Natura 2000”

 

A small heritage linked to water

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Leaving Vresse and the bridge over the Semois, Laforêt can be seen behind a canvas of greenery: a small, rustic and wild village, which commands tranquillity. This is undoubtedly due to the legends and mysteries that dot its alleys: from the fountain, the wild hunter, the white lady, the “verbouc” (half-man half-goat) and the “nutons” (ancestral elves) appear at the corner of a path or a bend.

The wide and deep houses are built in schist around the church of St. Agatha. This habitat is covered by large and very special roofs, known as “faisiaux” (slate quarry waste). A typical Ardennes decor completes the whole: low entrances, lucky and protective hearts on the barns, a bull’s eye in shale,  wooden doors and windows frames. Once surrounded by tobacco fields, Laforêt still has drying sheds, a reminder of the region’s wealth. Other witnesses to the organisation of daily life in the past abound: washhouses, watering places and fountains. Below the village, in summer, a woven wooden (lattice) footbridge is thrown over the Semois. It’s the heritage of the tobacco planters who used to reach the fertile farmland along the river without making a detour.

 

Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Bouillon en Ardenne
Quai des Saulx, 12
6830 Bouillon
Tél : +32 (0) 61/ 46 52 11
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Centre touristique et culturel de Vresse-sur-Semois
Rue Albert Raty, 83
5550 Vresse-sur-Semois
Tél : +32 (0) 61/ 29 28 27
Site web

 

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The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 31 villages, bearers of a strong territorial identity and reflecting traditional architecture. It is committed to promoting the rural, cultural and natural heritage of Wallonia and is a part of the development of local and responsible tourism.