The city of Charleroi stands in the French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium, 30 miles south of Brussels and about 10 miles from the French border. It's a former centre of heavy industry, now being re-invented as a modern city standing on the River Sambre, a tributary of the Meuse. Brussels Charleroi airport is a busy international airport three miles to the north of the city, specializing in budget short-haul flights. If you're hiring a car in Charleroi, you'll find there are excellent road links. The city has an inner and outer ring-road and good connections to neighboring cities like Mons, Brussels and Namur, and the surrounding Ardennes countryside.