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Destination guide

Be entertained in Rennes

They say all roads lead to Rome, but in Brittany, all roads lead to Rennes. The heart of France's north-westernmost province, this grand and boisterous city is great at keeping people entertained. That's not just the students guzzling Breton ciders in the buzzing bars – that's everyone. Culture vultures won't want to blink as they move from the grand Place de la Republique to the blooming gardens of Thabor. The mouths of foodies will water amid the escargot, garlic and cheese stalls of the Place des Lices market. Sightseers have the treasure trove of the old quarter at their fingertips. Rennes holiday rentals await…

Things to do

Rennes takes parklands to new dizzying heights

Forget your usual urban green spaces with crooked benches and packs of pigeons, Rennes has the grand and gorgeous Thabor. This 24-acre swathe of lawns and manicured flower beds was once the grounds of a medieval Benedictine abbey. A total redevelopment in the 1800s brought ferns and orchids and exotic blooms aplenty, not to mention picnic spots, bandstands, fountains and artificial caves. When the sun shines, it's one of the most pleasant places to be, offering a real escape from the heart of the city.

Activities

Delve deep into Rennes

Bag yourself a Rennes holiday rental in the historic heart of this provincial capital and get ready to get lost. Wandering the streets with wide eyes and a guidebook can be the best way to discover all the architectural gems that lurk above the pavements and in the squares. There are loads, from the half-timbered medieval terraced houses of the Place du Champ-Jacquet to the grand parliament buildings of the Bretons. The endless menu of creperies and cider holes and local taverns touting garlic snails won't let you go hungry as you walk, don't worry.

Weather

Rennes is never a chore

Sunny and dry days are less common up in northern Brittany than they are down on the French Riviera. Still, the summers in Rennes manage to crank up temperatures to the mid-20s and bring plenty of days without a drop of rain. You can book your Rennes holiday rentals for between June and August, if you want to make the most of those. That said, Rennes isn't just for the warmer months. Autumns, winters and springs are great, too. Students add vibrancy to the local bars from October to March. And there are fewer crowds in the museums and parks.

Natural features

Rennes and the Breton country

Rennes's ancient heart is cut into little sections by the meanderings of the Ille and the Vilaine rivers. As they flow outwards and into the green belt that surrounds the city, they delve into landscapes of rolling hills and wooded plains, often occupied by farm fields and grazing packs of cows and sheep – typical of central Brittany. You don't actually have to leave town to get a taste of nature, though. The large Thabor Park can cover that, with its exotic flower beds and 2,000 species of roses.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Rennes

Fly into Rennes (RNS-Saint-Jacques), the closest airport, located 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Rennes Station, Rennes Pontchaillou Station and Rennes La Poterie Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Rennes by jumping on the metro at Republique Station, Sainte Anne Station or Charles de Gaulle Metro Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Rennes?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 263 holiday lettings around Rennes. From 181 flats & apartments to 2 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Rennes?

There's something inherently pleasant about living out in the countryside. If you're a born-and-bred city dweller yearning for a taste of rural life, let us help you out. HomeAway has 42 countryside rental properties in this destination. Of course, that mightn't work for everyone. Luckily, HomeAway has a bunch of other options, including:

  • 38 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 32 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 22 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Rennes?

Forget about impersonal hotel rooms. Soak up this destination from the comfort and convenience of your very own apartment. You'll be able to select from 216 different options via HomeAway. If you book quick, you could spend as little as £35 per night. If that doesn't fit with your family's style, we've got a range of other self-catering accommodation options to select from, such as:

  • House: 57 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £31 per night.
  • Hotel: 52 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £33 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 24 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £60 per night.

Can I stay in Rennes in a large group?

The recipe for a memorable trip is spending time with close friends and family in an amazing new place. If you'll be hitting the road with a big group, HomeAway has options. At the moment, apartment holiday rentals are popular for big groups of visitors here, and you'll find 15 featured on our database. Properties for rent around the area that are perfect for large groups include:

  • Searching for rentals that can house 6 holiday makers? We have 64 that will suit. Prices start from £46 per night.
  • Keen to find a holiday property for 5 guests? We have 28 that will suit. Prices start from £65 a night.
  • Seeking out holiday rentals to suit 8 people? You'll be delighted to find out we have 16 that will fit the bill. You can score one for as little as £127 a night.

So don't worry! When you travel with us you can bring along your uncle, your brother and all your besties to Rennes.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Rennes?

HomeAway is here to help you unwind with your friends and family. Providing a variety of economical holiday rentals, you're sure to discover a cosy lodging to suit everyone. Nord Saint Martin is a fantastic area to investigate if you want to keep a handle on your budget. HomeAway has 96 holiday rentals, and the average price is a very agreeable £49 per night. You'll find another 47 HomeAway holiday rentals awaiting you in or around Jeanne d'Arc-Longs-Champs-Beaulieu. The average price in this area is £55 per night.