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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-Loire Valley?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,154 holiday lettings around Centre-Loire Valley. From 409 cottages to 63 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.