Destination guide

Once upon a time… the fairy-tale setting of the Loire Valley

Set around the expansive Loire River in central France, the Loire Valley offers a spectacular landscape complete with green pastures dotted with vibrant wildflowers, ornate gardens, and hundreds of lavish chateaux. Spanning 170 miles in length, the lush valley has also been dubbed the "Garden of France" due to the overwhelming presence of vineyards, fruit orchards, and vegetable fields along the banks of the river. Your Loire Valley vacation rental places you near a host of picturesque towns, many of which date back to the medieval era and feature historic churches and squares buzzing with activity.

Things to do

Chateaux, cathedrals, and culture all in one spot

The Loire Valley offers countless tours of ornate chateaux, many of which include lavish gardens. The Parc Oriental de Maulevrier also features a pristine Japanese garden. If there are history buffs staying in your Loire Valley vacation rental, they'll love a trip to the Orleans Cathedral, the 13th-century church where Joan of Arc attended mass before heading into battle. Explore the valley's cultural landscape at the Chateau de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art, housed inside a 16th-century castle, and the Museum of Fine Arts of Tours, based in a former bishop's palace.

Activities

Up, up, and away! Explore the valley by balloon

You can soak up the breathtaking scenery with a canoe ride or a boat tour down the River Loire. If you prefer to stay on land, bikes are available for rent throughout the lush valley. You'll also find tons of hiking trails across vineyards and forests, as well as horseback riding trails and carriage rides. Tour the region on foot as you visit the historic towns of Amboise and Angers, quaint places dotted with cobblestone streets, cozy cafes, and bustling outdoor markets. For a truly unique perspective, lift off in a hot air balloon as you soar over chateaux.

Weather

From sunshine to snowfall, staying cozy and comfy year round

No matter what time of year you book a Loire Valley vacation rental, you'll typically enjoy comfortable weather. Spring and fall both feature similar conditions in the 40s and 50s. Summers are the warmest season, with plenty of sunshine and the hottest daytime temperatures climbing into the mid-60s. Winter is the coldest season, as temperatures drop into the high 30s. Snow only hits the valley a few times in the winter and it rarely sticks to the ground for long. But bring an umbrella in May, the region's wettest month, when the valley garners around 2.5 inches of rain.

Natural features

Birds of a feather… wildlife on the loose in Loire Valley

The sprawling green valley floor offers a healthy and active landscape, complete with vineyards, orchards, forests, and meadows. Elements of a watery landscape include the appearance of numerous lakes, wetlands, and the Loire River itself. The sandy banks of the river are a hotspot for birds, such as ospreys, eagles, nightingales, and larks, all of which call the shoreline home. The valley also features larger mammals, such as wild boar and deer. Scores of butterflies and dragonflies flutter throughout the countryside, adding color to an already vibrant region.

Where to stay around Loire Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,353 vacation rentals near Loire Valley. From 4,200 Houses to 901 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Loire Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Normandy: 8,575 vacation rentals
  • Île-de-France: 7,107 vacation rentals
  • Loire Valley: 2,920 vacation rentals
  • Brittany: 17,406 vacation rentals
  • Tours: 472 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in 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 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 Loire Valley:

  • Tours: 472 rentals
  • La Rochelle: 2,252 rentals
  • Nantes: 348 rentals
  • Amboise: 463 rentals
  • Dinan: 441 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 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 Loire Valley are:

  • La Baule (LBY): 2,445 vacation rentals
  • Amboise (XAM): 904 vacation rentals
  • La Rochelle-Ile de Re Airport (LRH): 3,554 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 Loire Valley?

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

  • Chartres Cathedral: 84 rentals
  • Pouligny Tilery Eco-Museum: 121 rentals
  • Fontainebleau Golf Club: 258 rentals
  • Puy du Fou: 245 rentals
  • Les Sables d'Olonne Beach: 2,246 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Loire Valley listed on HomeAway 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 Loire Valley

Tours
472 vacation rentals
La Rochelle
2,252 vacation rentals
Nantes
348 vacation rentals
Amboise
463 vacation rentals
Dinan
441 vacation rentals
Ceton
46 vacation rentals
Rennes
223 vacation rentals
Fontainebleau
207 vacation rentals
Chartres
50 vacation rentals
Le Mans
125 vacation rentals
Blois
395 vacation rentals
La Baule
1,834 vacation rentals
Saint-Martin-de-Ré
1,473 vacation rentals
Orléans
82 vacation rentals
Néris-les-Bains
43 vacation rentals
Chinon
276 vacation rentals
Saumur
319 vacation rentals
Poitiers
145 vacation rentals
Angers
156 vacation rentals
Vannes
1,466 vacation rentals