Bank on summer fun at Paris’s Rives de Seine park

Copying the Rive Gauche’s riverside playground, a new flower-filled leisure area has opened on the north bank. Perfect for a balade and a verre de vin

10 of the best beach bars in France

Trays of oysters, iced rosé, swordfish brochettes, even Trump-inspired cocktails … these bars de plage boast superb fare and sunshine vibes

Flea to France: shopping at Europe’s largest vintage market

The Provençal village of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has the largest concentration of vintage stores outside Paris and also hosts a giant open-air flea market. The next is in August – so get ready for a bric-a-brac bargain

Glamping in central France: a rural retreat that’s packed with creature comforts

Unwind on a rustic farm trip that’s light on the rough and tumble of camping but heavy on cool accommodation – and fabulous views

France road trip: Perpignan, Cathar castles and the Spanish border

This spectacular two-week journey boasts Pyrenean peaks, hot springs, freshwater swimming and plenty of Spanish influence. Plus great food, of course

France road trip: Lyon to Nice

This two-week route through some of France’s most beautiful landscapes takes in gorgeous farmhouse stays, camping and kayaking, lavender fields and finally the Med