Bridge over the Seine with Eiffel Tower behind, Paris

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In France, car hire is the ultimate way to experience all this stunning country has to offer. Whether you're looking for a city break, a cultural holiday, or a relaxing week in the sun, this diverse country has something for everyone.

Why go?

France is one of the most popular countries for Brits taking trips overseas. Renting a vehicle really opens up your options to explore...

Picking up your pre-booked hire car when you land will allow you to start your French adventure immediately. Airports such as Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Marseille (MRS), Nice (NCE) and Bordeaux (BOD) all have car hire pick up points, meaning it really couldn't be easier to get out on the open road and start exploring.

Where to explore?

So you've decided on a hire car in France, but where do you want to go and explore? Here are some great ideas...

Maybe you are looking for the ultimate romantic getaway to the City of Light where you can hunt down some of Paris' best-loved landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe? Just wandering around the fashion capital and stopping at one of the many pavement cafés is a great way to soak up the atmosphere and while away an afternoon.

If mingling with the glitterati is more up your street, how about using your hire car to head south to the French Riviera? Here you can catch some rays while you relax on the beach in some of the country's most exclusive resorts such as St Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo.

For those in search of beautiful countryside, France will not disappoint. The Gorges du Verdon National Park is packed full of incredible wildlife, while ski enthusiasts can take their pick from an abundance of resorts in the breath-taking Alps.

Central France is home to the Loire Valley or 'Garden of France' where you will be met with a combination of scenic splendour and incredible architecture. With the central part of the valley gaining UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2000, you can enjoy wandering round the historic towns, river, vineyards and fruit orchards.

For those looking to sample some bubbles, the famous Champagne region in the north-east of the country is definitely worth a visit - but don't forget to plan in an overnight stay so you can indulge. The small city of Reims is also a popular choice in this area whereas the lesser-known Troyes with its Gothic churches and medieval buildings can't fail to impress.

Whatever you're looking for, France has it all and hiring a car will ensure you get to see the best that this wonderful country has to offer.

Top tips for driving in France

Read our tips on driving in France so you are familiar with some of the rules of the road before you arrive...

Cars in France are similar to those in the UK, however it's worth remembering that you have to drive on the right. Lots of the motorways are toll roads so make sure you have change readily available and some petrol stations are cash only.

Fuel is sold in litres and is called 98 and 95 octane for unleaded (sans plomb) while diesel is gazole or gasoil. Be aware that seatbelts are compulsory and speed limits are strictly enforced by radar cameras, and you're not allowed to use radar-detection equipment when driving in France, so disable any camera alert function on your sat-nav.

You are also required to keep a warning triangle, a reflective jacket (kept where you can get to it without getting out of your vehicle), and an unused breathalyser with an NF logo in the car (although in January 2013 the French government announced that the €11 fine for not having a breathalyser had been postponed indefinitely).