The Church of Saint Donat was built in 1626 by the Capuchin monks on the ruins of the Counts of Arlon’s castle, and fortified by Louis XIV.
For a deviation from French cuisine, head to Zorbas, where Madame Sofroni has served up meze, moussaka, seafood, scampi and gallons of Greek wine in her colourful, columned restaurant for 25 years.
A 12km circular walk leads from Arlon, through the wooded hillsides and streams of the Ourthe Valley, to the pretty village of Clairefontaine and its medieval archaeological site. You may need walking boots in wet weather.
Appart’City Arlon offers clean, compact, no-frills value for couples and families. Sofa-bed studios and more spacious one-bedroom apartments have modern cooking and laundry facilities, while secure parking, buffet breakfast, cleaning and Wi-Fi services are included.
Château du Bois d’Arlon is a peaceful 18th-century country estate about 2km from town. It has 10 elegantly furnished rooms, and offers a gracious welcome. The ‘relaxation, nature and gourmandise stays’ revolve around the spa (which has a Jacuzzi, hammam and sauna) and a fine restaurant. Musical ensembles perform every Friday in the Petit Théâtre.
Maitrank Manigart is a place to sample Arlon’s sweet-smelling aperitif, maitrank – a concoction of dry white wine flavoured with sweet woodruff, a forest plant. ‘May drink’, as it translates, is consumed liberally at the Maitrank Festival every May.
La Curieuse is a whimsical art bookshop, doubling as a tea shop. It also sells limited editions and handmade paper.
The Hydrion shopping centre on the edge of town is among Belgium’s biggest, with stores ranging from designer Anaïs to Atomic Kids and Brantano shoes.
Brasserie Faubourg 101 sits alongside an old horse-trading marketplace. It has a hip, post-industrial interior of wooden walls, country fabrics and colourful furnishing. A mix of seasonal Spanish, French and Italian specials are dished up along with concerts, art exhibitions and themed evenings.