France has something for everyone, whether it’s skiing in the Alps, basking on the beaches of the south coast or exploring picturesque cities – and with a 'blink and you'll miss it' flight time from the UK, it's an easy, on your doorstep destination for holidays that hit the ground running.

It may seem like a familiar country, sitting just across the Channel, but there’s plenty to discover in France. Aside from the famous culinary delights like escargot and foie gras, the country boasts some seriously varied cities and resorts that will tempt even the most travelled of tourists.

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Sitting at the foot of the French Alps, Grenoble is a great base for winter holidays, with easy transfers to the slopes of the Isere region of the Dauphine Alps, including the popular resorts of the Chartreuse and Belledonne. Whatever your skiing ability or age, you'll find it in this breathtakingly beautiful part of the country. Lyon is a mere hour away and offers all the facilities for culture, clubbing and shopping that you'd expect from France's third largest city.

Cathedrals, palaces and art galleries rub shoulders with Roman ruins and pretty parks in this stunning city. Known as the country's second city, Marseille sits nestled between the sea and the hills – a city crammed with cultural gems, wedged between beautiful sandy beaches and dramatic, craggy peaks. Whether you want to practise your skills on the slopes, enjoy a family beach holiday or immerse yourself in culture, art and gastronomy, France is waiting at the other end of a very short flight.

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