Destination guide

Centre-Val de Loire is France at its finest

The Centre-Val de Loire is, arguably, the jewel in France's crown. This flat swath of land in central-northern France is criss-crossed with vineyards punctuated by palatial chateaux and pretty little villages. Its position between Paris and the South has always made the region an important one, both strategically and gastronomically. If you've nabbed one of the Centre-Val de Loire vacation rentals in the sophisticated cities of Tours or Orleans, you can dive into a dizzying array of culinary delights paired with extraordinary local wines. Outside of the cities, the Loire Valley provides ample opportunities for outdoor fun.

Things to do

Visit a Centre-Val de Loire chateau

It would be simply unthinkable to stay in a Centre-Val de Loire vacation rental and not visit at least one of the magnificent chateaux. The Gothic and Renaissance Chateau de Chenonceau is particularly beautiful, as are the sumptuous gardens at the Chateau de Villandry. Another architectural gem is the Gothic Chartres Cathedral, which is best experienced during one of the nightly summer light shows. For a little slice of history, swing by the former home of Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise, where the artist and inventor spent his last days before his death in the 16th century.

Activities

Centre-Val de Loire by bike or hot air balloon

If you grab 2 wheels in Orleans, you can ride along the impressive Loire a Velo Cycle Path, passing ancient towns and historical sites along the way. The sun-baked summers are perhaps best spent swimming in one of the region's natural swimming areas or paddling along the waterways in canoes in the Loire Valley. This is France's premier hot air balloon area and when you're looking down over the sweeping vineyards and ornate chateaux from your basket, you'll quickly realize why. Golfers will be pleased to hear that the Loire Valley has several 18-hole courses from which to swing their clubs.

Weather

Centre-Val de Loire summers are long and bright

For almost guaranteed good weather, try to score a Centre-Val de Loire vacation rental during the summer months, when the days are always lengthy and glorious. You shouldn't expect to be the only one with the same idea though, so book your rental soon to avoid disappointment. Outside July and August, the weather can be a little more temperamental, though the days can often be sunny. Those who come in spring benefit from a drop in rental prices and far fewer travelers to contend with at the wineries, chateaux and attractions, while the fall foliage can be spectacular.

Natural features

Centre-Val de Loire is a nature lover's paradise

Outside the cities, nature lovers are treated to some seriously beautiful French countryside, characterized by forests, wildlife parks and rivers. Grab a pair of hiking boots and head off with your binoculars to spot all manner of birdlife, from buzzards to woodpeckers. When you're walking along the riverbanks, you may very well spot one of the Eurasian beavers which were successfully reintroduced to the region 20 years ago, while the wetlands teem with reptiles and amphibians. You won't need to look hard to see some of the 100 species of butterfly or 60 species of dragonfly.

Where to stay around Loire Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,918 vacation rentals near Loire Valley. From 1,375 Houses to 51 Villas, 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:

  • Tours: 453 vacation rentals
  • Amboise: 451 vacation rentals
  • Chartres: 48 vacation rentals
  • Blois: 393 vacation rentals
  • Orléans: 81 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: 453 rentals
  • Amboise: 451 rentals
  • Chartres: 48 rentals
  • Blois: 393 rentals
  • Orléans: 81 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:

  • Amboise (XAM): 891 vacation rentals
  • Blois (XBQ): 499 vacation rentals
  • Chartres (QTJ-Champhol): 87 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: 80 rentals
  • Chateau de Chenonceau: 932 rentals
  • Vendome (XVD-Vendome Train Station): 137 rentals
  • Marais de Bourges: 29 rentals
  • Chateau de la Ferte-St-Aubin: 191 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
453 vacation rentals
Amboise
451 vacation rentals
Chartres
48 vacation rentals
Blois
393 vacation rentals
Orléans
81 vacation rentals
Chinon
273 vacation rentals
Sancerre
43 vacation rentals
Selles-Saint-Denis
59 vacation rentals
Bourges
23 vacation rentals
Marseilles-lès-Aubigny
28 vacation rentals
Chambord
294 vacation rentals
Azay-le-Rideau
239 vacation rentals
Villeloin-Coulangé
150 vacation rentals
Loches
159 vacation rentals
Montrésor
77 vacation rentals
Saint-Georges-sur-Cher
368 vacation rentals
Muides-sur-Loire
207 vacation rentals
Jars
37 vacation rentals
Vernou-sur-Brenne
488 vacation rentals
Saint-Aignan
250 vacation rentals