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Make a holiday rental home or farmhouse in Cantal, France your home away from home

Named after the mountain range which covers it, Cantal is a department of south-central France that contains a number of towns and villages, and is an ideal destination for those who prefer to spend the vast majority of their holiday outdoors. Whether you go for the skiing, hiking, walking, climbing, fishing or simply to take in the scenery, you are sure to love your holiday in Cantal, France. Accommodation options include luxury chateaus and renovated farmhouses.

Things to do in Cantal, France

Tourism in Cantal can be split into two distinct seasons, which offer varying activities. Winter receives a good amount of snow, meaning a full spectrum of winter sports can be enjoyed. This includes hundreds of kilometres of cross country runs and some of the country’s best downhill slopes at the Le Lioran ski area in Monts du Cantal.

The Cantal department is dominated by mountains which were originally volcanic peaks, meaning some excellent walking, hiking and climbing opportunities for the warmer months of spring and summer, as well as a great range of other outdoor activities to participate in.

Places to visit on holiday in Cantal, France

With Cantal covering 260 communes, there is a huge amount of choice when it comes to places to visit in this rugged region, and a wide range of holiday rental accommodation in Cantal to match. Some of the best outdoor activities can be enjoyed in the Volcanic National Park in the Massif Central, fishing is popular in the Cezalier plateau and Vieillevie is regarded as one of the finest places in the area to try your hand at white water rafting.

There are also a number of culture options, with the historic Castle of Val in Lanobre, the Castle of Clavieres in Ayrens and the Museum of Art and Arqueologia in Aurillac just some of the more popular choices.

Those heading to Cantal in the hope of experiencing some top French cuisine will not be disappointed either. Hams, cheese and vegetables are the basis of many local dishes, and there is also Cantal cheese, which is firm in texture and one of the oldest cheese in France.

Weather in Cantal, France

With a number of towns and villages at different altitudes, it is unsurprising that Cantal has a many microclimates. Generally speaking, visitors heading to Cantal during winter can expect plenty of snow up in the mountains, with the eastern slopes drier and colder than those in the west. Peak summer temperatures are surprisingly warm, and exposed areas can feel well above 20C.

Flights to Cantal, France

Your destination airport will depend on your choice of base location in Cantal, but those seeking a direct flight from the UK will most likely be heading for Rodez-Marcillac Airport (RDZ), which lies in the neighbouring Aveyron department. Ryanair fly to this destination from London Stansted.

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    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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    • 1 BR
    • 1 BA
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    House #1401594a
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
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      House #1994016
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        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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        • 2 BR
        • 2 BA
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        • Sleeps 5
        Cottage #6380093
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          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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          • 2 BR
          • 1 BA
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          Chalet #1418915a
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          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
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            Cottage #561703a
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            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
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              • Sleeps 8
              Cottage #6359204
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                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                (9 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 6
                Multiple rentals Chalet #1015876a
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
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                  Multiple rentals Chalet #1015876a
                  Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                    (27 reviews)
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                    • 8 BR
                    • 4 BA
                    • Separate Toilet
                    • Sleeps 22
                    Farmhouse #418381
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                    Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                      (9 reviews)
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                      • 3 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 8
                      Chalet #1197461a
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                      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Apartment #1393280a
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 2 BA
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                          Cottage #941836a
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                            • 14 BR
                            • 6 BA
                            • Sleeps 25
                            Castle #1399654a
                            4
                            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                              • 3 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 11
                              Cottage #997174a
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                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 3
                                Cottage #6491673
                                6
                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                  (18 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Chalet #901017a
                                  18
                                  Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
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                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 5
                                    Apartment #1788095
                                    3
                                    Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
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                                      Mobile Home #633913a
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                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
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                                        House #884648a
                                        1 Review
                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Separate Toilet
                                          • Sleeps 5
                                          Mobile Home #668213a
                                          18
                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                            (19 reviews)
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 5
                                            Chalet #1607629
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                                            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                              (9 reviews)
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                                              • 4 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Separate Toilet
                                              • Sleeps 9
                                              Cottage #687837a
                                              9
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                                                Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                (6 reviews)
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                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Apartment #1387035a
                                                6
                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                  Cottage #879721a
                                                  8
                                                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    Cottage #599466a
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                                                      Studio #1388113a
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                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                        Apartment #1452736a
                                                        3
                                                        Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                          • Studio
                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                          Studio #602446a
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                            Multiple rentals Cottage #8138468
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                                                            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 4 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                              Farmhouse #1204247a
                                                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                Multiple rentals Cottage #8138468
                                                                2 Reviews
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                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 7
                                                                  Chalet #862076a
                                                                  1 Review
                                                                  Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                    (15 reviews)
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                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                    Chalet #656167a
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                                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Separate Toilets
                                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                                      House #1033205a
                                                                      1 Review
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                        House #1333466a
                                                                        2 Reviews
                                                                        Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                          Chalet #1645063
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                                                                          Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                                            Cottage #1373942a
                                                                            4
                                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Separate Toilets
                                                                              • Sleeps 7
                                                                              House #6666797
                                                                              8
                                                                              Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                (38 reviews)
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                • Sleeps 7
                                                                                Cottage #6033955
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                                                                                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                  (19 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Chalet #578064a
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                                                                                  Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
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                                                                                    Cottage #1342303a
                                                                                    2 Reviews
                                                                                    Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Cottage #599996a
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                                                                                      Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                        (8 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Separate Toilets
                                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                                        House #644209a
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                                                                                        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                          (20 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                                          Multiple rentals Chalet #6668632
                                                                                          20
                                                                                          Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                                                            House #1464529a
                                                                                            4
                                                                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Good! 3.8/5
                                                                                              (5 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Cottage #589482a
                                                                                              5
                                                                                              Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                (29 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Cottage #6195153
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                                                                                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                                                  Cottage #6470901
                                                                                                  4
                                                                                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                    Multiple rentals Chalet #6668632
                                                                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 9
                                                                                                      House #1379523a
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Beautiful property in a stunning location.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Stunning location, beautiful scenery, it would be difficult not to be impressed with this gem! The cottage has been a labour of love for the owners, very comfortable, impeccable attention to detail with high quality everything. An absolute pleasure to stay in & a wonderful holiday was had. Many thanks Brian & Glynis for an unforgettable stay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Great value for money in a well equiped gite.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A beautiful quiet part of France with large attractive valleys and stunning scenery from the top of the volcanoes. The gites are situated overlooking a small river and for much of the time this was all you could hear. The hosts were very friendly and nothing was to much trouble and although the gites are not super luxurious they are comfortable with everything you need and great value. There are a lot of walks with fantastic scenery in the surrounding area. Guillaume is the local fishing guru for the area full of advice and offers lessons or escorted fishing trips. If you like the outdoors and outdoor activities this area is well worth a visit.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      A (very) hidden French nugget.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Perfect for those seeking a hidden spot for some rest and relaxation. Quiet, secluded, well equipped and in good condition.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016