Wervik (ˈʋɛrvɪk; Wervicq, wɛʁvik; Wervik; Viroviacum) is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Wervik and the town of Geluwe. On January 1, 2014, Wervik had a total population of 18,435. The total area is 43.61 km2 (16¾ sq. mi.) which gives a population density of 423 inhabitants per km2 (1095 per sq. mi.). The area is famous for its excellent tobacco and has a tobacco museum. The town is separated from its French counterpart Wervicq-Sud by the river Lys.
Wervik is one of the oldest towns in Belgium.
Stone Age artefacts, flint axes and spearheads, were found in the district of Bas-Flanders and the site Oosthove. The archeological excavations at de Pioneer in 2009 yielded traces of inhabitation from the Iron Age to the Roman Period.
Wervik was probably a settlement of the Menapians led by the chief Virovos, at a small height along the banks of t