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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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Centre-Loire Valley?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 3,458 vacation rentals near Centre-Loire Valley. From 391 cottages to 57 villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Centre-Loire Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

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

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Centre-Loire Valley. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Saint-Branchs: 285 vacation rentals
  • Bélâbre: 99 vacation rentals
  • Cigogné: 372 vacation rentals
  • Coteaux-sur-Loire: 299 vacation rentals
  • Mosnes: 501 vacation rentals

And Vrbo UK offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Centre-Loire Valley! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

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

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Centre-Loire Valley:

  • Saint-Branchs: 285 rentals
  • Bélâbre: 99 rentals
  • Cigogné: 372 rentals
  • Coteaux-sur-Loire: 299 rentals
  • Mosnes: 501 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Centre-Loire Valley?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Centre-Loire Valley are:

  • Amboise (XAM): 984 vacation rentals
  • Blois (XBQ): 552 vacation rentals
  • Chartres (QTJ-Champhol): 134 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Centre-Loire Valley?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Centre-Loire Valley. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Château de Chambord: 545 rentals
  • Zoo Parc Beauval: 573 rentals
  • Ardentes Station: 146 rentals
  • Bois d'O Golf: 163 rentals
  • Lothiers Station: 193 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Centre-Loire Valley listed on Vrbo 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.

Explore destinations around Centre-Loire Valley

Saint-Branchs
285 holiday rentals
Bélâbre
99 holiday rentals
Cigogné
372 holiday rentals
Coteaux-sur-Loire
299 holiday rentals
Mosnes
501 holiday rentals
Bournan
114 holiday rentals
Amboise
477 holiday rentals
Fontaines-en-Sologne
221 holiday rentals
Verneuil-sur-Indre
171 holiday rentals
Véretz
556 holiday rentals
La Chapelle-Fortin
52 holiday rentals
La Ferte-Saint-Aubin
105 holiday rentals
Larçay
494 holiday rentals
Jars
61 holiday rentals
Mont-pres-Chambord
327 holiday rentals
Lemere
212 holiday rentals
Bretagne
15 holiday rentals
Cerdon
47 holiday rentals
Chaveignes
171 holiday rentals
Marseilles-lès-Aubigny
32 holiday rentals