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French Regions


France is divided into 22 administrative regions, which themselves can be grouped into 7 main "cultural regions", that share common points.

Three of the seven cultural regions of France are especially popular among tourists: Ile de France, the region surrounding the French capital, Paris. Southeastern France, the primary tourist region of the country outside Paris, with well known cities like Nice and Cannes, warm climate and the azure Mediterranean sea. Southwestern France, a region of sea and wine, with nice beaches by the Atlantic Ocean and high mountains close to Spain.

Central France is largely an agricultural and wine growing region, featuring river valleys, châteaux and historic towns. Northwestern France is an ocean region greatly influenced by the ancient Celtic people. This region includes Bretagne (Brittany), Pays de la Loire, and Basse-Normandie. Northeast France is a region where wider European culture, and especially Germanic culture has merged with the French, it includes the beautiful Alsace and Lorraine areas. Northern France is primarily an agricultural region, the largest city is Lille.

France also has some overseas regions: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion and French Guiana.

When deciding which region to visit, the ideal destination depends on what you would like to see and do. France is a beautiful country but if you are looking for scenery and traditional villages, the most popular and most visited areas include Normandy, the Dordogne area of south-west France, and the villages and vineyards along the Alsace wine route. Others may want to see castles and chateaux in which case to areas are particular interesting; the Loire valley to the south-west of Paris is known for its renaissance chateaux, built by rich noblemen and kings from Paris, and the Dordogne is famous for its medieval castles (there are said to be 1001 castles in the Dordogne).
For a beach holidays in France, most people will chose between the sun baked French Riviera (also known as Cote d'Azur), the long sandy beaches of the Atlantic Coast north of Biarritz  and the very picturesque coast of Brittany. For families with children the beaches of the western coast such as those found in the Vendee department, just south of Nantes, or on the Ile-de-Ré, an island west of La Rochelle, are ideal; these beaches are sandy, long, and gentle sloping.
If you are interested in wine, the most famous wine regions in France are: Bordeaux, known for some of the world's most expensive wines like Chateaux Latour, Margaux, and Lafite; Burgundy and the Rhone Valley with excellent red and white wines;  Alsace, with its beautiful and exciting wine route; and Champagne, the only place in the world where one can produce sparkling white wine called champagne.

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Ile de France
Southeastern France
Southwestern France
Central France
Northwestern France
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Northern France
French Overseas Regions