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Information about maps, departments, and regions in France – Day-tripper.net the web magazine for visitors to France.

French maps

French Maps – Distances from Calais

This web site is concerned mainly with the channel ports served from the United Kingdom; Calvados (14), Côte d'Armour (22), Ille et Vilaine (35), Manche (50), Nord (59), Pas-de-Calais (62), Seine Maritime (76), Somme (80).

This page is dedicated to information about maps, internet navigation services and distances between French towns and cities. Although most people have SATNAV now, it can be useful checking a route planner.

Useful tip – many town tourist office and Mairie web sites have interactive maps, which offer much more detail than the main online map companies do.

TIP – The yellow Michelin maps are excellent for roads, however the best large-scale maps are prepared by the Institut Géographique National (IGN, 107, rue La Boétie, 75008 Paris; phone 0033 1 42 56 06 68), as they indicate elevations and steep grades. As such they are best for cyclists and ramblers

For TGV routes, try the Institut Géographique National map 912 " La France en Train".

French Web Maps – more information, other companies

– Mappy. www.mappy.com

English Web Maps

– Anquet digital maps. www.anquet.co.uk

Ordnance Survey. www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

– Multimap. www.multimap.com

– Streetmap. www.streetmap.co.uk

The AAAA Travel and Breakdown insurance.

– Via Michelin. www.viamichelin.co.uk

Map Companies

Philips Maps, a good selection of quality maps. www.philips-maps.co.uk

Stanfords. Tel: 020 7836 1321. www.stanfords.co.uk

– Géoportail. This is the Official French website for a variety of maps covering France. www.geoportail.fr

To get best use out of this website (and there is a lot to it), type in a place you wish to find out more about. Once you have the map image showing the town, open up the "Cartes" folder in the menu on the left. There are many types of maps from through the ages that you can browse through – just click to highlight the map you wish to be shown.

Geographic Maps

Editions Benoit France, 115, rue Monaye. 75005. Paris. Tel: 0033 1 42 17 47 77. A lovely series of maps and easy reference postcards on the various wine areas is produced by this company.

Town Maps

– Planville, useful local web maps, including local zone industrial (mostly North France). Just use the menu to find the street that you want and it displays a map for you. www.planville.com

– Planset Guides. plansetguides.free.fr/guides

Useful series of local and regional maps. www.philips-maps.co.uk

– Elstead Maps – a good range and choice. www.elstead.co.uk

Regions of France

The administration of France is divided into 22 regions, which are themselves sub-divided into 100 departments (96 in France and 4 overseas).

Departments of France

Detailed information, links.

Best walking maps (180 to choose from). www.ffrandonnee.fr

Political maps of France. www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/france

Distances – Calais to; (Central London to Dover 126Km)

Distance in Kilometres Calais Dieppe Le Havre Caen Cherbourg St. Malo Roscoff
Aix les Bains 843

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Alençon 357 206 174 102 222 178 342
Amiens 154 114 178 238 357 416 595
Annecy 758 680 704 728 851 795 944
Arras 114

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Avignon 965 829 875 912 1030 965 1110
Beaune 576 478 502 526 651 629 371
Belfort 642

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Besanson 599

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Biarritz 1005 888 885 774 834 723 858
Bordeaux 819 640 646 574 634 498 640
Boulogne 36

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Bourge St Maurice

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Brest 717

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Brive 773 653 635 525 635 571 694
Brussels 250

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Caen 221

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Carcassonne 1079

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Chalons-sur-Marne 326

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Cherbourg 302

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Clermont-Ferrand 673 573 571 546 666 592 742
Dieppe 99

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Dijon 540

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Dunkirk 31

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Gap 936

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Geneva 745

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Grenoble 833

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La Rochelle 755 536 501 398 456 336 472
Le Havre 192

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Le Mans 415

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Le Puy 801

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Lille 108

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Limoges 671

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Lourdes 1080 923 944 834 942 739 890
Lyon 739 624 650 686 805 749 894
Marseilles 1059 947 960 997 1115 1059 1205
Metz 437

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Montpellier 1050 912 952 875 986 992 1045
Nancy 477

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Nantes 589 466 403 282 306 174 317
Narbonne 1131 1003 1034 915 1014 893 1058
Nice 1167 1096 1117 1176 1275 1229 1374
Paris 295 184 202 238 357 419 576
Périgueux 786 650 653 541 678 531 669
Perpignan 1132 1067 1098 979 1078 957 1122
Poitiers 589

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Quimper 704 590 493 360 384 227 109
Reims 287

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Rennes 519 344 258 176 200 72 205
La Rochelle 727

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Saint Malo 442

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Strasbourg 595 592 645 669 781 818 979
Toulouse 968 952 854 765 862 741 912
Tours 487 336 304 232 346 293 443
Troyes 388

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Valence 839 717 749 786 904 827 978

Maps and accessories

– Magellan's. Comprehensive range of travel supplies available online. www.magellans.com

Useful Outside links

Basic overview of the North. carto.nordpasdecalais.fr

Satellite maps (After downloading some software, users can zoom over cities and mountains like a bird). earth.google.com

Satellite maps worldwide. www.terraserver.com

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