Mainland France is divided into 22 regions. The regions are further broken down into départements. The France regions map above shows the French spelling of the regions; the English is easy to figure out. Bourgogne becomes Burgundy, for example, the famous wine region. "Centre" is really the central Loire region, where tourists flock to see the interesting chateaux shown on our Chateaux Map.
There are 5 additional regions overseas, making 27 total regions.
In 2016 the number of regions will shrink from 27 to 18. Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normandie will, for example, become simply Normandie.
The Regions of France
To get travel information on all the regions of France, see France Travel's France Regions Travel Index
Top Regions of France to Visit
The top four French regions measured by their page popularity on Europe Travel are:
- Provence, which corresponds mostly to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region you see on the map.
A tour by train or car of any of these regions represents a fine way to see a bit of France.
Other popular regions in France for tourists are:
- Aquitane (Bordeaux)
- Alsace (See: Alsace Map)
- Champagne (See: Champagne Map)
- Bourgogne (Burgundy; see Burgundy Uncorked)
- Pays de Loire (and Centre)
- Provence (see: Provence Map)
- Rhone-Alps (Cotes du Rhone; see Northern Cotes du Rhone Map)
And for Cognac, try Cognac Country, Poitou-Charentes.
Wine Touring (See: Visiting the French Wine Regions for an overall French wine map and information)
D-Day Beaches and Memorials
Chateaux of the Loire region (Region: Centre)
The Loire not only produces some of France's finest wines, but there are very popular chateaux (the plural of chateau) to visit. Bus tours of these palaces are a tourist favorite. The Loire is close enough to Paris that you can take a Loire Valley Castles Small Group Day Trip from Paris by Minivan through Viator (book direct). Also offered is a tour of Chateaux de Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris
To get your bearings in this interesting region, see: Loire Valley Map - Chateau Country in France
Languedoc: Cathar Country, Rennes Le Chateau and Taste Blanquette de Limoux Sparkling Wine
Like Castles? Head on over to Cathar Country and visit some of the best in the Aude Departement of the Languedoc region. See our Aude Map and Travel Resources.
For a more rustic vacation experience, the Mediterranean region of Corsica offers beaches, warmth, and some of the best charcuterie (salted meats like salami) in Europe. Bastia is on the ferry lines and makes an excellent base from which to explore northern Corsica.
Midi Pyrenees: Prehistoric Caves that are not in the Dordogne
See: Tarascon, the French Pyrenees, and the paths to Prehistory for more information on a region of caves with prehistoric activity.
The Aquitane: Bordeaux Wine and Lascaux II
The famous Dordogne department is within the Aquitaine region. The Perigord Noir is a part of the Dordogne that I recommend. Read more: Dordogne Maps and Travel Planner.
More Maps of France
See our general map of France: France City Map, to see where the best cities in France to visit are located.
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