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France is a popular tourist destination for the British, thanks to budget flights and cheap ferries. A country of diverse sceneries, France caters to all kinds of tourists with eclectic tastes. If your itinerary includes travelling beyond the French capital of Paris, car hire in France is highly recommended. Skiers, hikers, and adventure-sports lovers must visit the Rhône-Alpes region.


It is a five and a half hour drive from Paris. For the finest of French cuisine, head to the quaint town of Lyons. A four and half hour drive from Paris, Lyons is abounding in old-world charm. Those looking to sample authentic French culture ought not to miss the Loire Valley. Rich in history, the immensely beautiful valley is sprinkled with chateaux, vineyards, forests, and rivers.

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Top Cities in France


From one Famous Attraction to the Next - Paris by Car Paris. The city of crepes and err, love. An enormous, sprawling metropolis filled with architecture and mystery, pastries and history, Paris has something for everyone. Especially if you like nutella and banana wrapped up in a crepe. Featured Promotion Smart Bet. Wild...

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Marseille - A Melting Pot of Cultural Diversity on the Cote D'Azur Marseille is one of the most exciting cities in France. It is also one of the most ethnically diverse thanks to centuries of immigration. In 2013, Marseille was voted European Capital of Culture and a huge amount of cash was spent on regenerating this lively port city on the...

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Lyon: A Food Lover's Paradise Lyon is one of the largest cities in France. It is also the perfect destination for gastronomic aficionados for the city has no less than 22 Michelin Stars scattered across its many restaurants and eateries. But whether you are interested in tantalising your taste buds or exploring the numerous historical...

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The Bountiful Beauty of Bordeaux Much of the attractive architecture in Bordeaux, such as the Grand Théâtre and the Esplanade des Quinconces, dates from the 18th century. Visit the Musée des Douanes at the Place de la Bourse to find out about the history of Bordeaux, and particularly its importance as a major river port over the centuries. If...

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Drive down from Paris to arrive here in less than three hours. The spectacular French countryside sceneries encountered along the way are added plus-points. The advantages of car hire in France are that you can dictate the itinerary and explore at your own pace. Besides, you could also utilise the many deals on offer. This option is not just affordable, but even convenient for families, couples and friends.

The motorways (autoroutes) are fast - without the congestion normally experienced in the UK. The other option is to avoid the tolls and use the backroads which are perfect for spontaneous pit-stops and French picnics.

Be warned though, France is a country you can easily fall in love with!

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