Conde Nast Traveller has recommended the Dordogne as one of the top destinations on offer to people planning a late-summer break this year.
Holidaymakers can take ferries to France
and head south-west to reach the region, which offers a good chance of sun throughout September, as well as cheaper accommodation after the peak season has wound down.
The Dordogne "strikes a chord" with many Brits, partly owing to its scenic rural landscapes, verdant valleys and quaint villages, which embody "the quintessential image of a rural France idyll", according to the magazine.
Sights and attractions on offer in the area include the chateaux of Hautefort and Montreal, the Lascaux prehistoric caves and the town of Sarlat, whose rich heritage stretches back to the 13th century.
People planning a late-summer break this year could also consider the Conde Nast Traveller-recommended destinations of Italy's Amalfi coast, the Greek island of Santorini and Turkey's Lycian coast.
These popular holiday countries in southern Europe can be reached with ferry operators such as SNAV, Blue Star Ferries
and Sea Service.
Posted by Mark Robinson