The French region of Centre is well-located for exploring central France. This huge region contains rural tranquillity, huge, vibrant urban centres, renowned vineyards and a wealth of historical and cultural attractions. A self-catering holiday offers the freedom to explore as much of Centre as you like and you'll find charming accommodation scattered all over the region.
Whether you decide to stay in one of the plentiful rural gites in Burgundy, the neighbouring region, or prefer to stay in the heart of Centre, you'll always be within easy reach of many attractions. Centre is home to the spectacular Loire Valley, often known as the "Market Garden of France".
The Loire Valley is known all around the world for its winemaking and most vineyards welcome visitors. Some offer guided tours and tastings, whereas others are more informal. Either way, a day at a winery is a must for any wine connoisseurs visiting Centre.
The surrounding countryside is lush, green and provides a soothing antidote to Centre's urban areas. The Loire Valley is excellent for walking with various trails and walkways suitable for all levels of mobility. On fine days, the Loire countryside is the perfect setting for a family picnic combined with leisurely woodland exploring.
Centre's proximity to Paris is another selling point and is a bonus for those who like to have the city's attractions close by without having their holiday dominated by it. Paris is easily accessible from Centre and makes a great place to spend a day or two of your holiday.
Culture-vultures will also enjoy a visit to Orleans, the regional capital of Centre. Orleans has all the bright lights and attractions one would expect from a regional capital and is full of museums, parks and galleries. The largest city in Centre is Tours. This splendid historical city is notable for its many well-maintained gardens and parks. It also has a vibrant cafe and restaurant scene, making it the ideal place to sample some of the regional delights.
Tours is a great city for walking and guided tours can be booked to ensure you don't busy any important sights. Tours is reachable from most of the gites in Burgundy or Centre and makes a fantastic destination for a day trip. With easily enough attractions to occupy several days of your holiday, a couple of trips to Tours will provide a lively contrast to the tranquillity of your rural haven.