Destination guide

Pays de la Loire, a fairy-tale realm

One of France's 18 regions, Pays de la Loire enchants visitors with sparkling coastline, rolling vineyards and fairytale chateaux. Nantes is the regional capital, known for historic forts and a flourishing arts scene. Venture inland and you'll find yourself in the Loire Valley, a sprawling UNESCO site where history, culture and cuisine collide. Whether you want to soak up the sun on the Bay of Biscay, tour the Loire Valley or enjoy a sophisticated city break in Nantes, Pays de la Loire vacation rentals showcase properties across the region.

Things to do

Tour the magnificent chateaux of Pays de la Loire

It's hard to resist the allure of the Loire Valley. This ravishing slice of Pays de la Loire is strewn with castles, fortresses and pleasure palaces – or, as they're collectively known, chateaux. Built in the lavish French Renaissance style, Chateau de Chambord is the valley's signature palace. Chateau de Chenonceau is another stunner, with splendid formal gardens. Cities like Orleans, Tours, Saumur and Angers are all fantastic bases for touring the Loire Valley. Or, escape to the countryside and toast to a day of sightseeing, on the terrace of your Pays de la Loire vacation rentals villa.


Beach hopping on the Bay of Biscay

Depending on your mood, Pays de la Loire can tick a myriad of boxes. Once a retreat for the Dukes of Brittany, Nantes is a fantastic introduction to the region. Spend your days peering into Gothic cathedrals, shopping at designer boutiques and sipping cafe au lait at sun-dappled street cafes. Pays de la Loire also moonlights as a sun-splashed beach destination. The coastline hugs the Bay of Biscay and is dotted with seaside resorts like Les Sables-d'Olonne. From breezy cottages to oceanfront apartments, Pays de la Loire vacation rentals put you steps from the sand.


Discover Pays de la Loire under a dusting of snow

Pays de la Loire is at its best in the summer. The region enjoys long days, clear skies and sultry temperatures. Of course, you'll pay a premium for the beautiful weather. Crowds spike and prices can soar from June to August. Whether you want to bring down costs or beat the crowds, late spring and early fall can be rewarding times to visit. Temperatures hover around the 70s. Winter is a sweet spot for touring the interior. There's something truly magical about Loire Valley chateaux under a dusting of snow.

Natural features

Savor the Pays de la Loire breadbasket

Touring Pays de la Loire, you'll find yourself immersed in a postcard-perfect realm of vineyards, pastures and riverscapes. The storybook setting makes Pays de la Loire a favorite for honeymoons and destination weddings alike. The Loire River cuts through the heart of the region and has helped establish it as one of France's most important agricultural regions. From creamy sauces and hand-harvested seasalt to regional cheeses and charcuterie, Pays de la Loire provides the country with a breadbasket of gourmet produce.

Where to stay around Pays de la Loire?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,881 vacation rentals near Pays de la Loire. From 4,402 Houses to 358 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pays de la Loire for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Pays de la Loire?

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

  • Nantes: 395 vacation rentals
  • Vendée: 7,067 vacation rentals
  • Le Mans: 117 vacation rentals
  • Angers: 160 vacation rentals
  • La Baule: 2,094 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Pays de la Loire! 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 Pays de la Loire?

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 Pays de la Loire:

  • Nantes: 395 rentals
  • Le Mans: 117 rentals
  • Angers: 160 rentals
  • La Baule: 2,094 rentals
  • La Tranche-sur-Mer: 1,182 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 Pays de la Loire?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Pays de la Loire are:

  • La Baule (LBY): 2,768 vacation rentals
  • Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE): 490 vacation rentals
  • Saumur (XSU): 533 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 Pays de la Loire?

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

  • Ile de Versailles: 455 rentals
  • Farmhouse of Beaupay: 431 rentals
  • Nantes (QJZ-Nantes SNCF Train Station): 455 rentals
  • Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne: 455 rentals
  • Le Vieux Chateau: 1,320 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pays de la Loire 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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