Holidays in Central France

Step onto broad North Atlantic sands, the mountainous heart of rural France or stop for a sip at the châteaux.

Central France is where the action steps up a notch. Those seeking wonderful sandy beaches can make a splash in the Atlantic waters of the Vendée or if you’re seeking rolling hills, head to the heart of France to hike past gorges galore in the Jura. For simply fabulous views the French Alps are hard to beat, so cameras at the ready to capture the famous Mont Blanc!

Still inland, make time to visit a vineyard for a sip of famous red in Burgundy or a cheeky Savignon blanc in the Loire.

If you’ve got a nose for culture, let it loose in the Loire and discover over 1,000 stately châteaux to see how French aristocrats used to live. Wind your way down to the Dordogne to explore medieval towns like Sarlat or even an underground lattice of mysterious caves.

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The great outdoors

Hike through alpine meadows, cycle through vineyards, take the family canoeing on the River Dordogne, or try your hand at windsurfing!

So much to see and do

  1. Unmissable châteaux: Blois a favourite of the kings of France, Chinon where Joan-of-Arc confronted the dauphin, Villandry with the most amazing of all the Loire gardens, Chenonceau and of course Chambord
  2. The prettiest villages in France - mellow sandstone houses, winding streets and bags of charm! The Dordogne is simply picture perfect - don't miss La Roque-Gageac, Beynac and Domme.
  3. Step back in time and see the pre-historic cave paintings of Les Eyzies and Lascaux
  4. Visit the third largest lake in France Lake Annecy, then head into the mountains for Le Tour de France
  5. For even more action visit Le Mans and the famous 24 hour automobile race
  6. Linger at great seaside resorts like Saint-Jean-de-Monts with mile after mile of sandy beaches, or explore the Ile de Noirmoutier
  7. Two great theme parks - visit spectacular Futuroscope or the brilliant Puy du Fou

Regions in Central France

Delve into the Dordogne to find meandering rivers, ancient villages, impressive châteaux and rich vineyards.

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Caught between Burgundy to the west and Switzerland to its east, the Jura has the best of both worlds. It’s also home to the impressive Cascades du Herrison, 31 magnificent waterfalls.

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Settle into the Loire, known as the Garden of France, and spot a château (there’s over 1,000) or sup on your new favorite grape

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Seeking fresh, boundless air? Then the Alps are for you. A paradise for skiers and nature-hunters alike, the region is famed for its stunning backdrop of towering peaks, glaciers and shimmering waterfalls.

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Visit the Vendée to race through long, dune-packed sands and try out water sports on its broad sweep of Atlantic coast.

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