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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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        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                      Excellent property in a beautiful part of the world

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Spent a lovely week here. The property has been wonderfully restored by the owners and their attention to detail exquisite. It is extremely well equipped and with stunning views, it is simply a great place to relax. The hosts were welcoming and gracious, and are skilled at being available when you need them, yet affording privacy when you don't. Overall, an excellent week and we hope to go back!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Peaceful!

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                                                                                                      This beautiful little cottage provides a great base for exploring this wonderful, hidden part of France. The cottage is fully equipped, clean, comfortable ... and cool (essential as we had 2 weeks of 34C + heat!) Wonderful views from the terrace and so quiet, with beautiful, clear skies at night. Wonderful small towns to explore, with great value restaurants and pretty bars. The nearby River Lot provides opportunities for canoeing, paddling and swimming and there are plenty of local walks. The owners live nearby and are extremely friendly and helpful ... definitely a cottage and area to return to!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016