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Destination guide

From industrial revolution to modern revelation

Nestled in the Rhone-Alpes region of central France, Saint-Etienne is a city proud of its past as an industrial and mining center. Today, professionals come for the biennial design fair, while vacationers come to visit the modern museums, tour the walkable streets, and eat in fine restaurants featuring locally sourced ingredients. Book a Saint-Etienne vacation rental near one of the city's much-beloved public squares and you'll feel like a local. Then head to one of the nature reserves just outside of town and be at one with the water birds taking it easy on the banks of the Loire.

Things to do

From lofty artworks to below ground coal workers

Sights in Saint-Etienne reflect the city's rich past and stylish present. The Mine Museum features a reconstructed mine that shows visitors how workers dredged up coal in the old days, and tours help kids and history buffs explore the site's past from the 1840s to the 1970s. The Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain is the country's second largest modern art museum. It houses more that 15,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, and photographs. If possible, the Cite du Design is even hipper and more modern. Its glass and steel edifice is positively gleaming, and inside, diverse exhibitions are refreshed regularly.

Activities

3 picturesque plazas and a design fair to boot

The most popular activity among Saint-Etienne visitors is the good old-fashioned stroll. The center of local life is Place Jean Jaures, a large square with a bandstand and a border of beautiful buildings, including the town hall and the Cathedrale Saint-Charles. The Saint-Jacques district features lively streets and colorful shops, and the Place du Peuple is probably the prettiest square in the city. Every 2 years, in November, the city comes alive with the International Design Biennale, drawing artists, design executives, and students from the world's best design schools.

Weather

You won't need the temper of a saint to handle these temps

Saint-Etienne isn't known as a summertime tourist haven, but maybe it should be. Temps in June, July, and August are in the 70s and 80s, and sunny days are common. Winters are cold but not bitterly so. You'll want to bundle up against nighttime lows in the 30s, but you'll rarely freeze your tail off. Spring and fall see highs in the 60s, and rain showers are short and sweet. So go nuts and book your Saint-Etienne vacation rental any time of year. Just make sure you make plans in advance if you're traveling during the International Design Biennale.

Natural features

An industrial city in an anti-industrial paradise

A city known for making things, Saint-Etienne is still surrounded by one thing no human can produce—natural beauty. The city limits include part of Pilat Regional Nature Park, 250 square miles of protected land that includes spruce forest, meadows, and hills blanketed in tall grasses and dotted with vineyards. Your Saint-Etienne vacation rental will also be right next door to Gorges de la Loire Nature Reserve, a vast green space that hugs the Loire River and draws hikers, backpackers, fishermen, and birdwatchers from all over Europe and beyond.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Saint-Etienne

Fly into Saint-Etienne (EBU-Saint-Etienne - Loire Intl.), the closest airport, located 7.7 mi (12.4 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Saint-Etienne-Carnot Station, Saint-Etienne-Le Clapier Station and Saint-Etienne Châteaucreux Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How many vacation rentals are available around Saint-Étienne, FR?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 129 vacation rentals around Saint-Étienne. From 49 condo and apartment rentals to 62 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a rural property in Saint-Étienne?

If you are longing for a little break from the urban jungle, listen up! Leave all the noisy hustle and bustle behind and savor the sweet sounds of the countryside. Vrbo has 28 countryside rental properties in this destination. Of course, that might not work for the whole group. Fortunately, Vrbo has a bunch of other options, including:

  • 14 mountainside vacation rentals.
  • 11 town vacation rentals.
  • 10 waterfront vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Saint-Étienne?

If you're seeking a home away from home for your upcoming vacation, renting a house is a terrific idea. You'll have ample space for all manner of vacation activities. There are 64 houses currently on Vrbo. Prices start from $55 per night. If that doesn't match your group's style, we've got a number of other rental options available, such as:

  • Apartment: 47 vacation homes. Prices start from $28 per night.
  • Hotel: 20 vacation homes. Prices start from $55 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 14 vacation homes. Prices start from $34 per night.

Can I stay in Saint-Étienne in a large group?

Whether you're going on a special trip with your relatives or spending a few nights away with your old school gang, it's always lots of fun being in a brand new place together! And the best news is that Vrbo has places to suit you. The favorite option for big groups here are house vacation homes, and you'll find 8 currently listed. Rental accommodations in this area that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • Are you searching for vacation homes that can house 6 vacationers? We have 20 that will be suitable. The prices start from $78 per night.
  • Require a vacation rental for 5 guests? We have 13 that will work well. Prices begin at just $39 a night.
  • Seeking out rentals catering to 7 people? You'll be pleased to find out we have 5 that will fit the bill. You can score one from just $34 per night.

So never fear! When you travel with us you can bring your aunt, your grandma and all your buddies to Saint-Étienne.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Saint-Étienne?

Cut down on your accommodation expenses with a little help from Vrbo. You'll find a range of excellent rentals and save loads! Beaulieu - Montchovet - Marandinière is a fantastic area to take a look at if you want to keep an eye on your budget. Vrbo has 17 rentals, and the average price is an affordable $51 per night. There are another 15 Vrbo rentals awaiting you in or around Bellevue - Le Mont - La Jomayère. The average price here is $63 a night.

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