Destination guide

Val-de-Marne: an underrated destination

Val-de-Marne, named after the Marne River, is a department of France just south-west of Paris. It may not have the glitz and glam of the capital, but those who come to stay in Val-de-Marne vacation rentals find a place steeped in history, with palatial chateaux, botanical rose gardens and fascinating museums. The summer seasons sees a ton of festivals, from foodie events to outdoor concerts, as well as beautiful sunny footpaths along the Marne, while the cooler months are best spent diving into the cozy bistros and taverns in Creteil and Orly.

Things to do

Val-de-Marne is not short of things to see

There's a long list of historical attractions near your Val-de-Marne vacation rental. A good introduction is the Musee d'Art Contemporain, which houses works from some of the leading French artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. If you've brought the little ones, you should make a beeline for Exploradome, an interactive museum aimed at kids where visitors are "forbidden not to touch". To creep yourself out, drop into the Musee Fragonard d'Alfort at the National Veterinary School, which showcases a grisly exhibition of anatomical parts and is named after the school's 18th-century professor.


Street art and foodie markets in Val-de-Marne

You may have heard of Orly, perhaps just as being home to Paris' smaller airport. Most land and head directly for the capital, but if you stick around this suburb, just half an hour from central Paris, there is much to do. If you're into street art, Orly will captivate you with its modern public works and striking graffiti. The Jardin des Plantes was founded in the early 17th century and makes for a beautiful walk in sunny weather. Alternatively, if you're a foodie, you shouldn't skip a visit to the Marche international de Rungis, the world's largest wholesale food market.


Those in the know visit Val-de-Marne in spring and fall

While Val-de-Marne doesn't see the same number of travelers that descend on the capital, it can still get a little crowded, not to mention humid, in the summer months. It's also one of the priciest times to nab a Val-de-Marne vacation rental. Your best bet is heading to the department in the cooler months of spring and fall, when the climate is more agreeable, the prices of rentals have taken a nosedive and the queues at the attractions have not yet grown, or have dropped off as travelers return home. No matter when you visit, there's always something to do or see.

Natural features

An oasis in the heart of Val-de-Marne

Like most cities, Val-de-Marne is a little thin on wildlife and nature. If you're looking for a little break from the urban sprawl, try the Roseraie du Val-de-Marne. This achingly beautiful rose garden was the brainchild of Jules Gravereaux, who grew a staggering number of rose varieties. A walk through this elegant perfumed French rose garden, filled with butterflies and birdlife, is enough all on its own, but as a bonus, you'll also enjoy particularly scenic views down over Paris and the Eiffel Tower. What could be better than that?

Where to stay around Val-de-Marne?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,659 vacation rentals near Val-de-Marne. From 393 Houses to 4,744 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 Val-de-Marne for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Val-de-Marne?

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

  • Paris: 5,938 vacation rentals
  • Paris City Centre: 5,747 vacation rentals
  • Le Marais: 1,440 vacation rentals
  • St-Germain-des-Prés: 665 vacation rentals
  • 6th Arrondissement: 1,100 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Val-de-Marne! 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 Val-de-Marne?

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 Val-de-Marne:

  • Paris: 5,938 rentals
  • Versailles: 3,498 rentals
  • Puteaux: 5,517 rentals
  • Fontainebleau: 205 rentals
  • Bailly-Romainvilliers: 423 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 Val-de-Marne?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Val-de-Marne are:

  • Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG): 6,024 vacation rentals
  • Paris (JDP-Paris Heliport): 6,080 vacation rentals
  • Orly Airport (ORY): 6,053 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 Val-de-Marne?

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

  • Eiffel Tower: 4,392 rentals
  • Euro Disney Resort: 2,411 rentals
  • Paris Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower Station: 6,107 rentals
  • Notre-Dame: 6,198 rentals
  • Louvre Museum: 6,143 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Val-de-Marne 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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