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Rent a gite for your vacations in France in the Massif Central

With an area of 85,000 km² the Massif Central is the largest mountainous territory in France. 22 departments are affected in part or in full by this mountainous massif, which extends from the Morvan in Burgundy to the Montagne Noire in Aude and Hérault, and from east to west, from the department of Loire to that of Haute Vienne.

This preserved natural area, unique in France, presents an exceptional diversity of landscapes and preserves a very rich natural and cultural heritage.

Villages of Gites in the Massif Central

Vacation rentals in the Massif Central

The Massif Central is the ideal setting to recharge your batteries and enjoy convivial moments with family or friends in a gite. Calm, nature, warm welcome of the hosts are all elements you can enjoy from your vacation rental in the Massif Central.

Among the very many offers of rentals proposed you will inevitably find the accommodation that suits you. Here again the diversity is there, from traditional formulas like gites to unusual accommodation there is something for everyone to enjoy original holidays in a natural setting:

  • Hotels
  • Holiday homes
  • Cottages and cottage villages
  • Bedrooms and guest houses
  • Wooden cottages
  • Lodges
  • Treehouses
  • Roulottes
  • Yurts
  • Tipis

Some lodgings or hotels labeled European eco label, green key, Hôtels au Naturel, or even regional park brand offer you to spend eco-responsible vacations by practicing slow tourism and sustainable tourism. The assurance of renting a quality accommodation, respectful of the environment without sacrificing comfort.

The Massif Central: a very rich natural and cultural heritage

The 10 Regional Nature Parks of the Massif Central present remarkable natural areas that you can easily discover with your family during walks and hikes thanks to the very many marked hiking trails that these territories have.

These preserved areas rich in living heritage can be found in various small regions, in the following Parks:

  • Volcanoes of Auvergne
  • Causses du Quercy
  • Millevaches en Limousin
  • Morvan
  • Haut-Languedoc
  • Not to mention the Parc National des Cévennes

They are the gateway to discover the extraordinary biodiversity represented by a sometimes endemic flora and fauna. The diversity you will also find in the different types of reliefs including the emblematic Chaîne des Puys listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its 80 volcanoes, including the Puy de Dôme which culminates at 1465 meters.

In terms of heritage, the Massif Central has many remarkable sites like some of the most beautiful villages in France such as Rocamadour or Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot in which many gites and vacation rentals are offered.

Whatever region you are going to explore, the discovery of the Massif Central will inevitably pass through the local gastronomy and the tasting of the very many local products which counts many appellations of controlled origin.

First among the regional specialties are of course the famous cheeses, including:

  • The Roquefort
  • The Cantal
  • The Saint Nectaire
  • The Salers
  • The Fourme d’Ambert

So you can make a great cheese platter that you can buy directly from local producers at farmers’ markets, to enjoy on the spot or with friends in the evening at your vacation rental.

As far as local recipes are concerned, you will not be able to resist the two must-try dishes made with cheeses from the Massif Central, which are Truffade with fresh tomme from the Cantal and the no less famous Aligot with fresh tomme from the Auvergne, which can be tasted in the Cantal, Lozère and Aveyron.

For meat and charcuterie enthusiasts, the very tasty meat from Salers, hams, sausages and a delicious and very hearty dish, the tripou accompanied by a local wine.

Outdoor activities in all seasons

Because of its diversity, the Massif Central offers many outdoor activities whether in summer or winter.

To promote this active tourism, there are outdoor poles that allow, through their facilities, the practice of outdoor sports and leisure activities such as mountain biking, climbing or white water sports.

The Massif also represents a formidable space for the practice of hiking whatever the type of practice, pedestrian, horseback, bicycle and even snowshoeing in winter.

In winter the ski resorts of the Massif Central are the happiness of fans of skiing, and lovers of ski touring and snowshoeing for family outings.

Among the best-known resorts, Le Lioran represents the largest ski area, but Superbesse and the Mont doré are also renowned for the quality of the slopes and equipment.

Families with children may prefer quieter and more affordable resorts such as Chastreix Sancy, Le Guéry, Les Estables or Chalmazel the more family friendly.

To fully enjoy these activities book your gite or vacation rental and savor these moments of happiness in the Massif Central.

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