Picture postcard destinations don’t come much prettier than St Malo. Its beautiful, walled city was re-built stone-by-stone after destruction in the second world war and today is home to a collection of fine restaurants, bars and boutique shops. Miles of golden sand gives St Malo and its surroundings an appeal that works for families of all ages, while one of the most impressive jewels in the French crown – Mont St Michel – lies just 30 minutes along the coast. For seafood fans, there’s Cancale close-by, famed throughout the world for its delicious oysters. The ideal launch pad for Brittany, the Loire, Dordogne, and southwest France.