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From kayaking to cat cafes, Belgian city Namur is a real find

ENJOY a gorgeous weekend away in the incredible Belgian city of Namur.

Whether you are looking for activities to do with the kids such as kayaking and drinking milkshake in a cat cafe – or a romantic getaway where you can stay in a luxurious hotel and enjoy a Michelin-starred meal, this city will take your breath away.

Rent a bike from ProVelo at Namur train station, and hit the 21-mile Namur to Anhée round-trip route. Push bike hire costs £9 a day, and electric bikes are £20 (

You’ll pass Belle Époque suburbs, thick forests, a small chateau and soaring cliffs.

At Anhée, park your wheels at the bridge, then walk 10 minutes uphill to Annevoie Water Gardens, a romantic series of canals, ponds and fountains set amid landscaped gardens. Entry costs £8.50 (

Or join the swans, geese and ducks in this pretty city and hop on a paddle board or in a kayak from Les Capitaineries to paddle beneath bridges and around islets in the gentle Meuse river. Hire costs £13 an hour (

Head to the leafy, 15-hectare Citadelle de Namur Park to walk along the medieval ramparts for sweeping views over the Old Town, the city’s two rivers and the foothills of the Ardennes Mountains (

Later, visit the Old Town museum dedicated to Félicien Rops, a local 19th-century satirist who sketched the darker side of life, from bored sex workers to macabre depictions of life and death – it’s creepily fascinating. Tickets costs £4 (

For light relief, the city’s most adorable tea room, Chez Miss Miaouw, has helped rehome 200 cats since opening in 2018.

Sip a hazelnut and caramel milkshake, £5, as you play with one of the 12 resident felines (

Splurge on embroidered boho skirts and handmade lace tops, from £80, at Manice Atelier (

Designed in the on-site studio, clothes are made either in Namur or at a women’s cooperative in India.

The couple behind Nez Zen Artisanale Parfumerie previously worked for major perfumers, and now their own line uses all-natural vegan ingredients, with scents inspired by nature and their travels. Perfumes cost from £26 for 15ml (

For a chocolate fix, grab pralines by Chantale Florent and other sweet treats from local food makers at Paysans Artisans cooperative (

Settle back at Le College bar on Rue du Collège for a glass of Chimay Triple, one of Belgium’s renowned Trappist beers, £3.

Then splash out at La Plage d’Amée, a glass-fronted Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the river serving creative cuisine, such as runny egg in baked angel-hair pasta nests, topped with fish mousse and baby prawns. Three courses cost £45 (

Or take a perch at Tapasoif, a wine bar serving Greek-style tapas – think courgette koftas and baked halloumi with caramelised onions. Small plates cost around £7 (

A clutch of 17th-century buildings, including former tanneries and a prison, make up four-star Les Tanneurs.

It boasts original oak beams and stone fireplaces, as well as the loveliest staff, and is just minutes from the Old Town. Double rooms cost from £75 B&B (

For some R&R, book The Royal Snail, a design hotel below the citadelle with sauna, whirlpool and outdoor plunge pool. Double rooms cost from £115 (

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