The Vosges region of France lies in the south of Lorraine, in the north east of the country. Known for its stunning landscapes, wonderful cross country skiing in winter and forgotten monuments ranging from periods throughout history. The stunning mountain landscapes are home to a scattering of villages where traditional life still thrives, and a warm welcome is always extended to the few visitors who manage to break away from the traditional tourist trails and head into the rural mountain haven that is Vosges.
There are few sights more impressive than the Vosges landscape when the sun shines. The forested lower slopes are a delight for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers with a lot of grit! There are no limit to the routes you can take, with a maze of well marked paths running throughout the area. The landscape is littered with charming mountain lakes, ideal for a refreshing swim, a wonderfully peaceful excursion rowing or a little fishing. The lakes of Vosges teem with carp and pike, permits for which are available from almost every village shop in the region.
During the winter months, Vosges is blanketed in a layer of snow, turning into an even more stunning location. There are a couple of ski resorts in the mountains, which offer wonderfully open pistes, devoid of crowds but full of fantastically traditional restaurants and bars in which to regain your strength after a long day on the slopes.
At the end of the day, in summer or winter, there are plenty of options for restoring some energy to your weary limbs. There are a number of therapeutic spa centres across Vosges, but it is the food and wine that really gets you motivated to head out from your self catering Vosges accommodation. Fish, served with bacon and a cream source is simply mouth wateringly delicious, especially is followed by one of the famous fruit tarts or soufflés for which the area is know.
The town of Epinal lies on the banks of the River Moselle, and is surrounded by forestry. The print shops are world famous, and have helped keep tales of folklore alive. There are some magnificent attractions to explore, especially the Musee Departmental d’Art Ancien et Contemporain, which displays local archaeological finds and art from throughout the ages, located on an island in the middle of the river.
St-Die-des-Vosges is a perfect place to take self catering Vosges properties for a real rural escape. Whether you want to walk, fish, sail, ride horses, mountain bike or go paragliding, you will have plenty of opportunities from St-Die-des-Vosges accommodation.
The summer months are wonderfully warm in Vosges, with average daily temperatures reaching into the high 20’s (°C) daily between June and September. The winter is obviously cold, hugely beneficial to the ski season, with average temperatures hovering around the 1°C mark.
Strasbourg Airport (SXB) is the closest airport to a holiday rental villa in Vosges, 100km from the centre of the region. There are regular flights fromLondonto Strasbourg, and having the use of a hire car is strongly advised during your stay in a Vosges holiday rental.