Destination guide

Ille-et-Vilaine is brimming with things to see and do

Discover the ocean beaches, ornate citadels and thrilling pirating history of Ille-et-Vilaine, an illustrious area of the famously picturesque Brittany in France. Travelers considering Ill-et-Vilaine vacation rentals will be torn to choose from the cobbled streets of Saint-Malo, where corsairs hid their plundered treasures, or the Festival City of Noyal-sur-Vilaine, or the stylish casinos and espresso-houses of chic Dinard. The destination is full of attractions: try your hand at windsurfing, allow the most delicious cheeses and finest wines to grace your tongue and venture round the stunning Jardin du Thabor park.

Things to do

Immerse yourself in the Parc Thabor

From the Saint-Vincent Cathedral to the Saint-Malo Citadel to the tomb of writer Chateaubriand, travelers staying in Ille-et-Vilaine's vacation rentals will not be short on attractions. But most of all, you'll want to check out the fantastic Parc Thabor. It promises to bewitch the senses, boasting a French garden, an English garden and botanical gardens in its 10 hectares. Built in the 18th century and situated on the highest hill in Rennes, there are secret grottos and waterfalls, an orangery and an aviary to be discovered in its beautiful walkways. Entry is free of charge throughout the year.


Cruising the winds of Ille-et-Vilaine

Whether it be windsurfing, catamaran sailing or sand yachting, there are many exciting ways to explore the beautiful bays close to many Ille-et-Vilaine vacation rentals. Get your adrenaline rush, laugh with the thrill of the open sea and feel yourself acclimatize to the ocean currents and Saint-Malo's strong, steady winds. As surf sprays up around you, the summer sun beating down, you can feel some of the reason why those ancient French pirates chose this place as their port.


The calm climate of Ille-et-Vilaine

Ille-et-Vilaine is renowned for its temperate climate, with lingering summers and invigorating, warm winds from the Atlantic. The hottest months are July and August when temperatures rise to the 70s, so sunny enough to bathe on the beach, but not so sweaty that you'll be put off your windsurfing. If you're thinking of traveling for an out-of-season vacation, remember that October to January sees the highest rainfall in the region. April and May are on average the driest months, when you can experience the surrounding flora and fauna blossoming into a scent-laden French spring.

Natural features

Savor Ille-et-Vilaine's rivers and forests

Saint-Malo is situated on the great Ille-Rance Canal, where the rivers Rance and Ille meet, before flowing out to the English Channel. Luckily for travelers, development along the River Rance is legally protected, so a summer's stroll along its verdant banks is perfect for spotting local wildlife like darting kingfishers and quacking moorhens. Or, for the magically minded children and adults alike, take a trip west of Rennes to the Foret de Paimpot, also known by its ancient name of Broceliande: said to be the forest of Merlin from Arthurian legend. Perhaps you'll find the Fountain of Eternal Youth.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Ille-et-Vilaine

The nearest airport is in Rennes (RNS-Saint-Jacques), located 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Dinard (DNR-Dinard - Pleurtuit - Saint-Malo), which is 35.6 mi (57.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Betton Station, Chevaigne Station and Rennes Pontchaillou Station are the main stations that serve the city. It's easy to get around Ille-et-Vilaine by jumping on the metro at Pontchaillou Metro Station, Anatole France Metro Station or Sainte Anne Station.

Where to stay around Ille-et-Vilaine?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,599 vacation rentals near Ille-et-Vilaine. From 1,341 Houses to 106 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ille-et-Vilaine for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ille-et-Vilaine?

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

  • Saint-Malo: 2,387 vacation rentals
  • Rennes: 224 vacation rentals
  • Dinard: 2,325 vacation rentals
  • Cancale: 1,911 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Briac-sur-Mer: 2,095 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Ille-et-Vilaine! 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 Ille-et-Vilaine?

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 Ille-et-Vilaine:

  • Saint-Malo: 2,387 rentals
  • Rennes: 224 rentals
  • Dinard: 2,325 rentals
  • Cancale: 1,911 rentals
  • Saint-Briac-sur-Mer: 2,095 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 Ille-et-Vilaine?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Ille-et-Vilaine are:

  • Pleurtuit Airport (DNR): 3,103 vacation rentals
  • St Jacques Airport (RNS): 250 vacation rentals
  • Granville Airport (GFR): 1,117 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 Ille-et-Vilaine?

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

  • Rennes Golf Course: 249 rentals
  • Servon Station: 226 rentals
  • Freslonniere Golf Course: 252 rentals
  • Dol de Bretagne Station: 2,907 rentals
  • Saint-Malo Ferry Port: 2,914 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ille-et-Vilaine 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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