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Strasbourg, medieval bridge Ponts Couverts and Cathedral, view from Barrage Vauban. Alsace, France

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Fabulous beaches, romantic cities, dramatic mountain ranges; France has it all - and all you have to do to get there is hop across the English Channel. This is one of the most visited countries in the world and it offers every kind of holiday choice from short breaks to long holidays.

Why go?

Short city breaks, self-drive holidays, luxurious weekends, and typical sunshine holidays are all on offer in France...

All you have to do is decide what type of holiday you want and France will deliver it with style and panache.

So whether it's your children begging to see Mickey Mouse and pals at Disneyland Paris, your free spirit crying out for a bit of outdoor living at a French campsite or your foodie friends talking you into sampling the gastronomic pleasures found all over this diverse country; give in to the temptation of holidays in France.

What's more, there are lots of ways to begin your adventure, with planes, boats and the Eurostar ferrying passengers across the Channel to France every day.

This proximity makes France holidays a particularly fine choice for young families, who can pack up the car with all the essentials without worrying about tipping the weight allowance scales at the airport.

Family fun is guaranteed at Disneyland Paris, where two theme parks and Disney characters thrill kids of all ages, while youngsters will also enjoy the freedom of coastal camping holidays. Older children, meanwhile, will be wowed by the history and culture in the nation's diverse and interesting cities, such as Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Lille, Montpellier, Avignon, and Biarritz.

And groups of friends, couples and families alike can crank up the glamour and stay in swanky seaside resorts such as Nice, Cannes, Monaco, and St Tropez on the famous Cote d'Azur, from where you can also explore the beautiful lavender-scented countryside of nearby Provence. Brittany, Dordogne, Normandy, and the Loire Valley boast outstanding natural beauty too.

Accommodation in France is generally of a high standard, whether you opt for a grand hotel, an apartment, a self-catering villa or a campsite.

When to go?

France is a huge country, so the weather varies depending on where you go...

In the north, Paris experiences weather similar to that in Britain, though not quite as changeable, with warm summers and cold winters. But on the Mediterranean south coast, you can expect hot summer days, warm summer nights and cool winters.

What's on?

There is something to enjoy in France whatever time of the year you travel. Here are some of our recommendations...

Carnival of Nice; February: The locals put on parades and a terrific party as Lent approaches. This event is not to be missed if you are visiting the south coast of France at this time of year.

Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes); May: The world-famous film festival attracts some of the biggest names in the business. Its popularity means you should book hotels well in advance if you want to rub shoulders with the visiting Hollywood glitterati.

Bastille Day; July: The end of the French Revolution is celebrated on the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille - July 14. Firework displays and celebrations are held around the nation.

Paris Plage, July and August: Every summer, a stretch of riverbank in Paris is turned over to sand and deck chairs to become a city beach. It's a fun place to head when the sun shines.

Medievales des Carmes; September: The beauty of medieval Avignon really comes into its own during this event in the city's historic centre.

What to do?

There is plenty to see and do across France. So if you are looking for inspiration, here are some great ideas...

Grown-up families: Older children can bring boring history lessons to life at the Palace of Versailles.

Romance: The vineyards of Bordeaux and Bourgogne will captivate lovers, while many of France's gorgeous chateaux provide unforgettable fine dining experiences.

Relaxing: Kick back in the attractive city of Lyons and let the finest food in France tantalise your taste buds.

Shopping: It has to be Paris for adding some French glamour to your wardrobe. Fabulous designer boutiques and huge department stores will vie for your euros.

Nightlife: Sometimes the party doesn't even move off the beach when the sun sets on the Cote d'Azur, where swanky pre-club beach bars dot the coastline.

Active types: Biarritz and the surrounding towns on the Atlantic Coast see the best surf in France. Kids & teens: Disneyland Paris is an undeniable draw for families. Alternatively, hire bicycles and tour the glorious countryside of the Dordogne region