Marseilles, France - See the Mediterranean’s version of Alcatrez, Chateau d’If, a 16th-century island jail that served as the setting for The Count of Monte Cristo. Stay at Au Vieux Panier, shop at Chocolatiere du Panier and eat at L'Epuisette restaurant
Stunning Mont St. Michel, France. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: On top, God, the abbey and monastery; below this, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, fishermen's and farmers' housing.
Planning a holiday to France? Read our guide to the best regions, including expert advice on where to go on the Côte-d'Azur and Aquitaine Coast, in Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, Brittany, Normandy, Burgundy and the Dordogne. By Anthony Peregrine, Telegraph Travel France expert.