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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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                                                              Cozy, clean & well equipped.

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                                                              The apartment was small and charming as well as comfortable and warm, with lots of attention to detail. The kitchen was well equipped. The owners were very friendly and helpful and the situation just outside Aurillac was convenient both for the town and for exploring the surrounding countryside. A most enjoyable stay.
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                                                              Comme à la maison

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                                                              Nous avons passé une semaine en famille dans cette superbe maison! Dès notre arrivée on se sent comme à la maison. On trouve tout nos repères très facilement. La maison est très très confortable. L'accueil était parfait. La remise des clés est facilité par Michel qui habite le village et qui est vraiment très sympathique et aidant. La maison est grande et il y a plein d'espaces différents: espace enfants, espace jeux, espace piscine, espace coin du feu... La maison se situe à 15 min des pistes de ski ce qui nous a permis de passer quelques heures au grand air. Nous n'avions plus envie de partir et c'est sûr on reviendra avec grand plaisir. Une mention spéciale pour Michel qui nous a beaucoup aidé lors de notre crevaison! Un grand merci!
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                                                              A cottage of character in a stunning area

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                                                              We had a week in this cottage, & sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine, watching the house martins swooping around, & gazing at the wooded valley of the Lot in the sunshine - well, it beats working! Brian & Sarah have done so much to make Le Cantou attractive, & clearly have given a lot of thought to what may be needed, or even wished for. We appreciated the help that Sarah gave us on our arrival. My wife has some problems with mobility & found the stairs in Maison de Four difficult. Sarah was there immediately to suggest we might find Le Cantou easier & this was very much appreciated. The cottage was very well appointed & clean. We had passed this area several times, but this was the first time we had spent any time here. A really beautiful part of France - interesting villages, delightful river scenery - & we would say that Conques is an outstanding small town of character.
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                                                              • Date of Stay: May 2015