MANY people will say that the best time to visit France is in September and October, when the tourists have gone home but the weather is still lovely and warm.
You will also have the chance to enjoy a number of festivals and events celebrating the harvesting of the crops, as well as discover the work of artists and savour the talents of musicians.
Here is a quick selection of what's on across France.
Antique market, Saint Quentin, Picardy
Over 1,500 stalls will take part in a fair that existed before the Great War and it has been growing ever since. Typical Picard dishes will be served such as tripe and black pudding.
Pumpkin & Wine festival, Chateau du Rivau, Centre Val de Loire
In the magical setting of the Château du Rivau, the festival offers pumpkin juggling for children as well as vegetable garden festivities, arts & crafts, a gourmet market and workshops for the rest of the family.
Jewellery Festival, St Martin-de-Valamas, Ardèche
Two thirds of French jewels are created in the Boutières region, among them, those of Christian Lacroix and Thierry Mugler.
September 15 and 16
Accordion Festival, Tulle, Limousin
The 19th edition of this annual festival known as the Nuits de Nacre.
From September 13 to 16
Seafood Festival, Granville, Normandy
16 regional chefs will be demonstrating their cooking prowess at the Halles de Granville with a spread of the best variety of Norman seafood.
September 29 and 30
Wine harvest festival, Tarascon, Provence
Big fair to celebrate the harvest with wine and gastronomy, abrivado, parades and a motorbike rally.
October 6 and 7
Fiesta des Suds, Marseille
During eight days and nights of festivities, discover various cultures and music with four concerts every night, from reggae, rock, soul, electro, sounds from Africa and Brazil.
From October 19 to 31