Destination guide

Yveline: a slice of French paradise next to Paris

It's perhaps easier to list what the department of Yvelines in France doesn't have than what it does. The mile-upon-mile of rolling French countryside is dotted with abbeys, castles and other ancient sites, not to mention more than 60,000 hectares of woodland. This beautiful landscape is criss-crossed with footpaths and cycling trails that start right from the doorstep of your Yvelines vacation rental. Like the rest of France, foodies won't be disappointed by Yvelines' produce markets or astonishingly good bistros. Alternatively, you could pack up your own picnic with French cheeses and wines and find a sunny spot with the family.

Things to do

Palatial palaces fit for a king in Yvelines

Being so close to the capital made Yvelines an important and strategic location. As such, the area teems with historic chateaux, including the country's most famous – the Palace of Versailles. Once the home of Louis XIV and his court, the building now serves as a staggeringly beautiful museum and one of France's most celebrated attractions. Culture vultures will be happy to hear that the department has plenty more museums, including the Museum of National Antiques in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the Horse-drawn Coach Museum in Versailles and the Toy Museum in Poissy, among many more.


Footpaths and equestrian trails in Yvelines

When you stay at an Yvelines vacation rental, you're never far from nature and the great outdoors. You should pack your walking boots because you're not going to want to miss the splendid hiking circuits which pass ancient ruins, rolling French countryside and wild flower-laden woodland. Fishing is also popular here and it's not difficult to find a sunny spot on the banks of a river to cast your line. Alternatively, you can saddle up to go horseback riding, or take to the skies on tandem hang-gliders, taking everything in from above.


Bag your Yvelines rental soon for summer

It will come as no surprise that the busiest time for Yvelines vacation rentals is the summer season, when folks from the capital and beyond escape the sweltering cities. If you plan to visit around this time, be sure to book up your rental as early as you can. If you want to save a few bucks and skip the queues at Versailles, try to bag a rental in spring or summer. Though the weather can be a little fickle between April and May, or September and October, the prices of rentals drop along with the other vacationers, and if you're lucky you'll have bright and sunny skies.

Natural features

Yvelines: the hunting grounds of kings

A huge swath of Yvelines is taken up by the magnificent 22,000-hectare Rambouillet Forest, once the hunting grounds of visiting kings from Paris. Ancient oaks and pines dominate this dense woodland and provide a habitat for many mammals and birdlife. If you walk through the forest, you'll likely hear the rustle of wild boar. If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the elegant red deer rutting using their enormous antlers. You'll also likely spot shy roe deer darting off through the trees and birds of prey circling above the treetops.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Yvelines

The nearest airport is in Paris (ORY-Orly), located 24.7 mi (39.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Paris (CDG-Roissy-Charles de Gaulle), which is 35.6 mi (57.3 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Mere Montfort-l'Amaury-Mere Station, Villiers-Saint-Frederic Villiers-Neauphle-Pontchartrain Station and Beynes Station are the main stations in the area. It's easy to get around Yvelines by catching a ride on the metro at Saint-Germain-en-Laye RER Station, Versailles Château Rive Gauche RER Station or Le Vésinet-Le Pecq RER Station.

Where to stay around Yvelines?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,699 vacation rentals near Yvelines. From 435 Houses to 3,762 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Yvelines for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Yvelines?

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

  • Versailles: 3,525 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Germain-en-Laye: 5,884 vacation rentals
  • Bailly: 1,364 vacation rentals
  • Jouy-en-Josas: 3,015 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Louis: 56 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Yvelines! 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 Yvelines?

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 Yvelines:

  • Versailles: 3,525 rentals
  • Saint-Germain-en-Laye: 5,884 rentals
  • Bailly: 1,364 rentals
  • Jouy-en-Josas: 3,015 rentals
  • Rambouillet: 64 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 Yvelines?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Yvelines are:

  • Toussus Le Noble Airport (TNF): 5,922 vacation rentals
  • Paris (JDP-Paris Heliport): 6,123 vacation rentals
  • Orly Airport (ORY): 6,085 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 Yvelines?

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

  • Palace of Versailles: 5,973 rentals
  • Chateau de St-Germain-en-Laye: 5,910 rentals
  • Saint-Germain-en-Laye Acheres-Grand-Cormier Station: 5,807 rentals
  • Versailles-Rive-Droite Station: 5,994 rentals
  • Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet: 237 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Yvelines 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.

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