France is divided into 21 regions, each with an identifying theme and culture. The Provence area of France includes parts of the Provence Alpes Côte-d'Azur (PACA), Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées regions (see below).

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The regions are listed below, in alphabetical order, and each region links to the appropriate Beyond France map showing that region.

Each region has a list of the France departments that make up that region. The departments are listed in alphabetical order, and include the department number. For some of the departments we have mentioned the main town(s).


Alsace [map]

Bas-Rhin (67): Strasbourg

Haut-Rhin (68): Colmar , Mulhouse


Aquitaine [map] in southwestern France.

Dordogne (24): Périgueux - Lascaux Grotto, Vézère Valley, Cénac-et-Saint-Julien

Gironde (33): Bordeaux

Landes (40): Dax

Lot-et-Garonne (47): Agen

Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64): Bayonne, Pau


Auvergne [map]

Allier (03)

Cantal (15)

Haut-Loire (43)

Puy-de-Dôme (63)


Basse-Normandie [map]

Calvados (14): Caen, Deauville, Honfleur

Manche (50): Saint Lô, Cherbourg, Mont-Saint-Michel

Orne (61)


Bourgogne [map]

Côte-d'Or (21): Dijon

Nièvre (58): Nevers

Saône-et-Loire (71): Mâcon

Yonne (89): Auxerre


Bretagne [map]

Côte-d'Armor (22): St Brieuc, Dinan

Finistère (29): Brest, Quimper

Ille-et-Vilaine (35): Renne

Morbihan (56): Lorient, Vannes


Centre [map]

Cher (18): Bourges, Vierzon

Eure-et-Loir (28): Chartres

Indre (36): Chateauroux, Menetou-sur-Nahon

Indre-et-Loire (37): Tours, Chenonceaux

Loir-et-Cher (41): Blois, Chambord, Vendôme

Loiret (45): Orléans


Champagne-Ardenne [map]

Ardennes (08): Charleville-Mézières

Aube (10): Troyes

Haute-Marne (52): Saint Dizier

Marne (51): Reims


Corse (Corsica) [no map]

Corse-du-Sud (102A)

Haute-Corse (102B)


Franche-Comté [map]

Doubs (25): Besançon

Haute-Saône (70): Lure

Jura (39): Dole

Territoire-de-Belfort (90): Belfort


Haute-Normandie [map]

Eure (27): Evreux

Seine-Maritime (76): Le Havre, Rouen, Diepe


Ile-de-France [map]

Essonne (91): South of Paris

Hauts-de-Seine (92): Paris suburbs W, NW, SW

Seine-et-Marne (77): E, NE, SE of Paris

Seine-Saint-Denis (93): Paris suburbs NE

Ville de Paris (75)

Yvelines (78); W, NW, SW of Paris


Languedoc-Roussillon [map] covers the south of France from the Camargue to the Spanish border near Perpignan. Languedoc-Roussillon includes the towns of Carcassonne, Narbonne, Montpellier and Nîmes, and stretches northward to include the department of Lozère and the town of Mende.

Aude (11): Carcassonne, Narbonne, Limoux

Gard (30): Nîmes, Aigues-Mortes

Hérault (34): Adge, Béziers, Montpellier

Lozère (48): Mende

Pyrénées-Oriental (66): Perpignan


Limousin [map]

Corrèze (19): Brive-la-Gaillarde

Creuse (23): Guéret

Haute-Vienne (87): Limoges


Lorraine [map]

Meurthe-et-Moselle (54): Nancy

Meuse (55): Verdun

Moselle (57): Metz

Vosges (88): Epinal


Midi-Pyrénées [map] is the southwestern region of France that includes the mountains of the Pyrénées north of the Spanish border and the Principality of Andorra. Towns of the Midi-Pyrénées [include] Tarbes and Foix in the south, past the "Ville de Rose" of Toulouse to Cahors in the north.

Ariège (09): Foix

Aveyron (12): Rodez, Millau

Gers (32): Auch

Haute-Garonne (31): Toulouse

Haute-Pyrénées (65): Tarbes, Lourdes

Lot (46): Cahors,

Tarn (81): Albi

Tarn-et-Garonne (82)


Nord-Pas-de-Calais [map]

Nord (59): Lille, Dunkerque

Pas-de-Calais (62): Calais


Pays de la Loire [map]

Loire-Atlantique (44): Nantes

Maine-et-Loire (49): Angers, Saumur

Mayenne (53): Mayenne

Sarthe (72): Le Mans

Vendée (85): Le Roche-sur-Yon


Picardie [map]

Aisne (02): Saint Quentin, Soissons

Oise (60): Beauvais, Compiègne

Somme (80): Amiens


Poitou-Charentes [map]

Charente (16): Angouleme, Cognac

Charente-Maritime (17): La Rochelle

Deux-Sèvres (79): Niort

Vienne (86): Poitiers


Provence Alpes Côte-d'Azur (PACA) [map] is the southeastern region of France, famed for the tourism-focused French Riviera beaches and seaside resorts, from the Italian Riviera to Saint Tropez and Marseille.

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04): Digne-les-Bains

Haute-Alpes (05): Gap, Briançon

Alpes-Maritimes (06): Cannes, Nice

Bouches-du-Rhône (13): Marseille, Aix-en-Provence

Var (83): Toulon

Vaucluse (84): Avignon


Rhône-Alpes [map], [map]

Ain (01): Bourg-en-Bresse

Ardèche (07): Tournon-sur-Rhône

Drôme (26): Valence, Montélimar

Haute-Savoie (74): Annecy

Isère (38): Grenoble, Vienne

Loire (42): Saint Etienne, Roanne

Rhône (69): Lyon

Savoie (73): Chambery