Smoke on the water: a boating holiday adventure in France

On a family break along the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, Emma Cook and Co are out of their comfort zone, especially when their new boat breaks down. Still, there’s always Strasbourg to savour

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

Great hotels, gites and auberges in France.

From Picardy to Provence here is some recommended accommodation in chateaux, converted stables and cottages to suit all budgets.

France on a budget: an expert guide to holidaying like the French

A few weeks’ vacances in countryside, coast or mountains are regarded as a universal right in France, and the French are expert at it. Here are some tips on copying them

Museum rescues sculptor Camille Claudel from decades of obscurity

French artist, once the lover of Auguste Rodin, has her career celebrated with opening of museum in Nogent-sur-Seine

10 of the best foodie retreats in rural France

These charming B&Bs, guesthouses and gîtes offer comfortable pitstops on a French adventure, but with their mouth-watering regional food and wine they may prove hard to leave

Plenty of wine and no whining: a family holiday on France’s Atlantic coast

The kids would be happy to stick to the beach, but a stay on the coast near Bordeaux means mum and dad can fit in some surfing and vineyards, too