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    France's Top Drives

    France is a fantastic destination in which to hit the road and enjoy some incredibly scenic drives. While you can drive to France, it's best to fly and then pick up a hire car at the airport - this way, you can get to your destination quickly and spend your days driving along the most picturesque routes, rather than the less pretty route from the UK through to France. Here are some of the finest routes to tackle once you arrive.

    La Route des Grandes Alpes

    Easily one of the most spectacular drives in western Europe, La Route des Grandes Alpes runs for some 740 km between Evian and Nice, taking in towns such as Chamonix and Megeve along the way. It is best to tackle this route in two to six days, planning lots of stops in the pretty towns that dot the route.Meanwhile, as you drive from one place to the next, you can look forward to admiring stunning glaciers, Alpine uplands and the foothills of Mont Blanc, not to mention crossing some fantastic Alpine passes.

    La Cote d'Or

    If you're looking for something a little shorter, consider driving La Cote d'Or. This wonderful route in Burgundy is just 60 km long, and is a real paradise for wine lovers, and it winds its way through countless rows of terraced vines. The best way to tackle this route is in a leisurely fashion, stopping at any vineyards that interest you and even picking up a few bottles to enjoy later - or when you return home.

    The Rhone Valley

    Another route that's well worth considering is driving through the Rhone Valley, where you can discover a remarkable landscape of caves, canyons and grottoes. The D290 runs right along the rim of one of the canyons, and makes for a particularly dramatic drive.If you have time, it is well worth stopping and going for a walk - there are plenty of well-marked paths to choose from.

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