The city of Charleroi is located in Wallonia - the French speaking area of Southern Belgium - and covers an area of over 100 square kilometres. A population of over 500,000 inhabitants - who are known as Carolorégiens or Carolos - reside in the city, making it one of the most populated cities in the country. It is located about 50 kilometres towards the south of the capital city of Brussels.
The early history of Charleroi city dates backs to the prehistoric era when traces of human life are believed to have been found. The city was also home to several building structures and artefacts from the Roman period and even later in the Middle Ages, Charleroi was a prominent hamlet in the area, home to about 50 inhabitants. The city is believed to have been properly established only in 1666.
The city is home to a number of attractions and places-of-interest including key landmarks such as the belfry which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Maison Dorée and several museums of photography, art and archaeology, showcasing the rich history of the city. The best time to visit the city is typically between the months of May and September when the climate conditions are at its best.
The main airport serving the city of Charleroi is the Brussels South Charleroi Airport which is located about 5 kilometres away from the Charleroi city centre. It is a busy airport, serving numerous airlines and millions of passengers every year. The Brussels Airport is also located in relatively close proximity, about 70 kilometres away from Charleroi city.
Finding Halal food in Charleroi might be somewhat difficult since there are very few known Halal restaurants in the city. The Tonton Chami is one of the few known Halal restaurants in Charleroi which serves an enticing range of fast food. Other spots in the city include the L'Escale Snack Charleroi and Snack Du Trieu.
There are a few mosques in Charleroi. Prayer facilities in Charleroi will be available at some of the mosques such as Abdulhamid Mosque, Mosque Ennour, Mosqué Kurde (Dernek), Hatice Mosque and the Islamic Cultural Cente of Charleroi.