Angouleme, in south-western France, can be a wonderful holiday choice for all the family, especially if your children love comics. Perched on a hill above the Charente, Angoulême became the ‘Capital of Paper’ in the Middle Ages when dozens of mills lined the river. It now hosts the Comic Strip Festival every January, and the Musee de la bande dessinee contains thousands of original drawings and magazines. But, Angouleme has so much more to offer. Head straight for Les Halles, this beautiful old covered market with 19th century ornate metal work or stroll around the shops and cafes. Macaroons and canelles are local delicacies that should be tried. Other sights of considerable interest are St Pierre Cathedral, with its magnificent spire, the 1000 street names in cartoon speech bubbles, glimpses of the river Charente from the ancient city walls, and in September the Circuit des Ramparts, where vintage cars compete in a series of races.