(Please note: the numbering system for the regions is not official, but my own system: starting top left & working left to right down the map.)
(The departments are numbered in alphabetical order, they also form the first part of the post code for each department.)
searching for a house in France to
buy on French property websites, you may have a
need to check on the location of the house, with reference to the
regions and departments of France.
Most, if not all, of the regional maps of France that are turned up by an Internet search for 'map of France', attempt to show all the departments, as well as the regions, on the same small scale map.
Unless you possess the piercing gaze of a predatory hawk - able to spot a small vole in a grassy field half a mile away - you may struggle to make out the partly obscured lettering of some of the departments on these maps. For that reason, I have separated out each region onto their own discrete maps to show the departments in each region.
The main map shows the regions of France. Below, are maps of the various departments within each region. There are 26 regions of France including Corsica and four overseas regions. These regions are divided into one hundred departments, of which four are overseas, and the departments are further divided into communes. I have numbered the regions purely for ease of linking them to the departmental maps. Please note, these are not officially designated region numbers.
If you are interested in the origins of the regional & departmental administrative divisions of France, there is a link to a brief history below:
Finestère, Côte-d'Armor, Morbihan, Ille-et-Vilaine.
Manche, Calvados, Orne.
Somme, Oise, Aisne.
Mayenne, Sarthe, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Vendée.
Eure-et-Loire, Loire-et-Cher, Loiret, Indre-et-Loire, Indre, Cher.
Val-d'Oise, Yvelines, Essonne, Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Haut-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne.
Ardennes, Marne, Aube, Haute-Marne.
Moselle, Meuse, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges.
Deux-Sèvres, Vienne, Charente-Maritime, Charente.
Creuse, Haute-Vienne, Corrèze.
Allier, Puy-de-Dôme, Cantal, Haute-Loire.
Yonne, Côte-d'Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire.
Haute-Saône, Doubs, Jura.
Dordogne, Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantique.
Lot, Aveyron, Tarn-et-Garonne, Tarn, Gers, Haute-Garonne, Haute-Pyrénées, Ariège.
Lozière, Gard, Hérault, Aude, Pyrénées-Orientals.
Ain, Haute-Savoie, Loire, Rhône, Savoie, Isère, Ardèche, Drôme.
Haute-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Vaucluse, Bouches-de-Rhône, Var.
Acknowledgements: images used on the left in the text area are mainly from morguefile.com, my thanks to biberta, missyredboots, rosevita, doctor_bob, cohdra, mconners, kairily, clarita, scott. m. liddel, and anyone else from morguefile whose image appears here. All the images in the right hand column on each page have been taken by me during my various travels in France and are copyright of buyahouseinfrance.info.