France Travel Notes is a guide to travel and living in France.
Departments in France
The numbers before the department are the official code and can be seen on car registration plates and postcodes.
Map of the Departements of France
The capital city of a departement is called the prefecture.
01-Ain; 02-Aisne; 03-Allier; 04-Alpes-de-Haute-Provence; 05-Hautes-Alpes; 06-Alpes-Maritimes; 07-Ardeche; 08-Ardennes; 09-Ariege; 10-Aube; 11-Aude; 12-Aveyron; 13-Bouches-du-Rhone; 14-Calvados; 15-Cantal; 16-Charente; 17-Charente-Maritime; 18-Cher; 19-Correze; 2A-Corse-du-Sud; 2B-Haute-Corse; 21-Cote-dOr; 22-Cotes-dArmor; 23-Creuse; 24-Dordogne; 25-Doubs; 26-Drome; 27-Eure; 28-Eure-et-Loir; 29-Finistere; 30-Gard; 31-Haute-Garonne; 32-Gers; 33-Gironde; 34-Herault; 35-Ille-et-Vilaine; 36-Indre; 37-Indre-et-Loire; 38-Isere; 39-Jura; 40-Landes; 41-Loir-et-Cher; 42-Loire; 43-Haute-Loire; 44-Loire-Atlantique; 45-Loiret; 46-Lot; 47-Lot-et-Garonne; 48-Lozere; 49-Maine-et-Loire; 50-Manche; 51-Marne; 52-Haute-Marne; 53-Mayenne; 54-Meurthe-et-Moselle; 55-Meuse; 56-Morbihan; 57-Moselle; 58-Nievre; 59-Nord; 60-Oise; 61-Orne; 62-Pas-de-Calais; 63-Puy-de-Dome; 64-Pyrenees-Atlantiques; 65-Hautes-Pyrenees; 66-Pyrenees-Orientales; 67-Bas-Rhin; 68-Haut-Rhin; 69-Rhone; 70-Haute-Saone; 71-Saone-et-Loire; 72-Sarthe; 73-Savoie; 74-Haute-Savoie; 75-Ville-de-Paris; 76-Seine-Maritime; 77-Seine-et-Marne; 78-Yvelines; 79-Deux-Sevres; 80-Somme; 81-Tarn; 82-Tarn-et-Garonne; 83-Var; 84-Vaucluse; 85-Vendee; 86-Vienne; 87-Haute-Vienne; 88-Vosges; 89-Yonne; 90-Territoire de Belfort; 91-Essonne; 92-Hauts-de-Seine; 93-Seine-Saint-Denis; 94-Val-de-Marne; 95-Val-dOise.
The yellow local maps by Michelin are the best maps to have to discover the departmental roads, scenic routes and beautiful villages of rural France.
It's better to have two or three of these, if you're travelling extensively in France, than to rely on a more general map of France.
I also update my copy of the Michelin Road Atlas every few years.
France by Region
Some of the original regions reused the names of traditional French provinces, although geographical borders may have differed from those of the provinces.
Pre 2016 Regions of France Map
Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comte, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Rhone-Alpes.
The United Kingdom is connected by regular ferries across the North Sea and a train tunnel under it.
DFDS offers three routes to France from th UK: Dover to Calais or Dunkirk, and Newhaven to Dieppe.
Popular Regions in France
Chamonix and French Alps - French Riviera - Loire Valley and French Castles - Provence.
France Maps and Travel Guides
Our favourite place for the French weather forecast is Meteo France.
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