Hanging amid Stavelot's flower baskets you might be alarmed to notice many a decapitated head. With their long, red, up-turned noses, these represent the 'Blancs Moussis', white-caped figures who are the mainstay of Stavelot’s unique carnival, Laetare.


Central Stavelot has two small but very personable boutique hotels and more than its share of charming B&Bs. About 1.5km east there's also a simple but delightful family campground.


The main selection of Stavelot's restaurants line the road facing the abbey, with wide street terraces that are slightly blighted by passing traffic.

Drinking & Nightlife

A handful of cafes face the Abbaye de Stavelot ruins across the main road (called Ave Ferdinand Nicolay for this stretch of the road).