The Pearl of the Ardennes
as is often called the City of Spa, has a well-known past and experienced its heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. At the time, the town was known as “Europe´s coffee house”. Today, with its mineral and thermal springs, Spa is a health resort and modern spa with around 11,000 inhabitants and a promising future.
Throughout the year various folklore and cultural events take place, attracting ever more visitors: the music festival "Francofolies de Spa", widely known beyond the Belgian borders, the famous theatre festivals as well as the carnival of the Blanc-Moussis of Stavelot are just some of the many events.
Sport is also in the spotlight in the "land of springs”: apart from the world-famous Formula 1 race course of Spa-Francorchamps with many spectacular events, Spa offers multiple opportunities for walks and mountain bike rides, swimming pools, ski slopes (alpine and cross-country), as well as motorsport centres and skydiving. In addition, with its Royal Golf Club des Fagnes, Spa has one of the oldest and most beautiful golf courses in Belgium.