France is a country that seduces travellers with its unfalteringly familiar culture woven around café terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their dish of the day chalked on the board.

France is all about world-class art and architecture, Roman temples and Renaissance châteaux, and iconic landmarks known all over the world. See the history of glorious pasts at Versailles, view tomorrow’s art in Paris, drink cocktails in a shabby-chic Nantes warehouse or listen to Marseille rap and Parisian jazz. Yes, French culture offers never-ending possibilities to fill any stay in France. Good food, fine wine and excellent champagne are usually the first 3 things that spring to mind when thinking of France. A country famous for Parisian bistro dining, long lunches outside, shopping for fruit and veg at the market and croissants hot from the bakery for breakfast.

Then there is the landscape, the startlingly varied journey it weaves from northern France’s cliffs and sand dunes to the bright-blue sea of the French Riviera and Corsica’s green oak forests. Try walking barefoot across wave-rippled sand to Mont St-Michel; ride the cable car to mind-blowing glacial panoramas above Chamonix; cartwheel down Europe’s highest sand dune; surf in Biarritz; ski the Alps; hike from one extinct volcano to another in the Massif Central; float between locks or pedal the towpath along the Canal du Midi.

The action is endless and the next adventure just begging to be had.

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