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Destination guide

France at its very best

Centre-Val de Loire is French splendour at its very best. Imagine row upon row of vines punctuated by elegant chateaux, glistening rivers meandering through valleys, and ancient medieval villages, and you've got a pretty good idea of this central region. Though there are, of course, hotels spread out across the area, nothing beats Centre-Val de Loire holiday lets, which come in all shapes and sizes. Come on a romantic break and stay in a country hideaway or score a French villa and bring the whole family. There are 3 regional parks to explore – Perche, Loire-Anjou and Brenne – and, if you need more persuading, the region has been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO.

History

Holiday lets fit for a king

There's an air of elegance in Centre-Val de Loire. Its position, just south of Paris, made it of strategic importance to the French monarchy over the centuries, and many of them established chateaux and achingly beautiful gardens along the banks of the River Loire. One of the best ways of exploring the history of the region is by visiting 1 of the many museums, like Le Chateau du Clos Luce, which was once the home of Leonardo da Vinci and is packed with his visionary inventions, or Musee du Compagnonnage, in Tours, which houses a range of exhibits, from 19th-century tools to artefacts from the original Tour de France.

Outdoor activities

Go walking along the banks of the River Loire

Once you've had your fill of the attractions near your Centre-Val de Loire holiday rental, there are plenty of things to do in the great outdoors. The beautiful scenery lends itself to hiking, particularly the trails that run along the banks of the River Loire or through the forested parks. Alternatively, you could hire bikes with the kids, pack up a picnic and go riding along the country lanes, stopping for breaks next to the vineyards or in the pretty towns. There's a network of the best cycling routes published under the name La Loire a Velo. If cycling isn't your thing, consider hopping onto canoes to spend a sunny afternoon paddling downstream.

How to get around

Getting around Central-Val de Loire

Many of the cities and towns are linked by the efficient TGV train, particularly if you are starting your French adventure in Paris. If you're scoring one of the Centre-Val de Loire holiday lets in town and you're happy to stay in the vicinity, you'll find most places are within walking distance, but if you plan to explore further afield, a rental car picked up from 1 of the big firms at the airport is probably your best bet. Alternatively, if you're coming on a romantic break, consider booking up a vintage Citroen 2CV and see the countryside in style, perhaps with a picnic basket attached to the boot.

Food & drink 

You'll eat well when you stay in a Centre-Val de Loire holiday let

Centre-Val de Loire is known the world over for producing some of France's best wines. If you don't know your Chardonnays from your Pinot Noirs, you could visit one of the wineries that welcomes in guests for tastings and workshops. A good wine should be paired with the right food and in Centre-Val de Loire, they've mastered what works best. Regional delicacies include Crottin de Chavignol goats' cheese and truffiat, a type of pastry filled with potatoes, and they work well with crisp whites. Then there are rillettes de porc and andouillette sausage, which work perfectly with reds. It's unthinkable to stay in one of the Centre-Val de Loire holiday lets and not try a slice of tarte Tatin, the famous dessert that originates from the region – pair that with a glass of sweet dessert wine.

How many holiday rentals are available around Centre-Val de Loire?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,158 holiday lettings around Centre-Val de Loire. From 419 cottages to 57 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.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Centre-Val de Loire?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Centre-Val de Loire. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Loire Valley: 10,633 holiday homes
  • Verneuil-sur-Indre: 181 holiday homes
  • Lussault-sur-Loire: 426 holiday homes
  • Saint-Branchs: 266 holiday homes
  • Jaulnay: 143 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Centre-Val de Loire! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Centre-Val de Loire?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Centre-Val de Loire with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Verneuil-sur-Indre: 181 holiday lettings
  • Lussault-sur-Loire: 426 holiday lettings
  • Saint-Branchs: 266 holiday lettings
  • Jaulnay: 143 holiday lettings
  • Bélâbre: 62 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Centre-Val de Loire?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Centre-Val de Loire are:

  • Amboise (XAM): 981 self catering accommodations
  • Blois (XBQ): 513 self catering accommodations
  • Chartres (QTJ-Champhol): 127 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Centre-Val de Loire?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Centre-Val de Loire. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Château de Chambord: 500 holiday rentals
  • La Magnanerie de Saillans: 1,009 holiday rentals
  • La Membrolle-sur-Choisille Station: 816 holiday rentals
  • Ardentes Station: 75 holiday rentals
  • Zoo Parc Beauval: 559 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Centre-Val de Loire listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Centre-Val de Loire

Verneuil-sur-Indre
181 holiday rentals
Lussault-sur-Loire
426 holiday rentals
Saint-Branchs
266 holiday rentals
Jaulnay
143 holiday rentals
Bélâbre
62 holiday rentals
Parçay-sur-Vienne
156 holiday rentals
Loye-sur-Arnon
29 holiday rentals
Cigogné
379 holiday rentals
Coteaux-Sur-Loire
290 holiday rentals
Mosnes
479 holiday rentals
Val-Fouzon
129 holiday rentals
Bournan
113 holiday rentals
Amboise
472 holiday rentals
Souvigny-en-Sologne
56 holiday rentals
Rosnay
41 holiday rentals
Fontaines-en-Sologne
220 holiday rentals
Chaumont-sur-Loire
529 holiday rentals
La Chapelle-Vendômoise
184 holiday rentals
Civray-de-Touraine
446 holiday rentals
Véretz
553 holiday rentals