Louise-Marie is a small green village in the south of the belgian province East Flanders. Louise-Marie has never been an independent municipality but is part of Etikhove, in the district Maarkedal and forms the border with the city of Ronse.
In 1850, the village was named Louise-Marie after the first queen of the Belgians.
The parish and the small church bear the name Notre Dame de la Salette.
Louise-Marie is the gateway to the Muziekbos (Forest of Music), a magnificent forest with a very long history.
Louise-Marie is a quiet pearl located on the crossroads of the major cities around: Renaix and Kwaremont at 5 min, Oudenaarde at 10 min. Ghent, Kortrijk and Tournai within 30 minutes drive, Bruges and Brussels at 50 minutes.
Maarkedal, the Flemish Ardennes at their best
Maarkedal means: slopes and cobbles, rolling hills, sunken roads, rows of willows, groves, brooks and streams and magnificent scenery. It is a patchwork of beautiful spots hidden behind every bend of the many winding roads. Maarkedal is the Flemish Ardennes at their best. Former famous Maarkedal inhabitants like Valerius De Saedeleer (landscape painter) and Hugo Claus (author) knew this all too well.
The unique landscape and authentic atmosphere can be experienced in the villages of Louise-Marie, Etikhove, Kerkem, Maarke and Schorisse, situated between Oudenaarde and Ronse, close to the linguistic border.
The Taaienberg, Eikenberg, Steenbeekdries and Kortekeer are only a few of the legendary hills, which are a challenge for thousand of cylists who attempt to defy these steep climbs every year in the springtime. Maarkedal is the pre-eminent setting of the Flemish cycling classics; the Tour of Flanders is a real festive day here.
Maarkedal is also a paradise for hikers. The many rural roads and breathtaking views guarantee hours of hiking pleasure. Or what would you think of a ride by vespa or in a covered wagon? Take the time to explore Maarkedal. There is so much to be seen that you need more than just one day. Simply plan a weekend or even better: spend a week. And of course you can always come back, as each time you will discover new and beautiful places…