With no fewer than 22 mainland regions to choose from, and between them covering 96 départements – the equivalent of an English county – deciding where to go can be a lengthy process.
The key thing is to decide what it is you want from your visit to France: if it's beaches, you obviously won't go to the Auvergne; if it's winter skiing, then Charente Maritime is highly unlikely to hit the spot.
What is fairly certain, however, is that whatever you come in search of, France is going to deliver; it's just a question of doing a bit of homework first.
This part of the website is intended to help you to do that, by providing a short analysis of each, its key features, how to get there, and what to see and do once you arrive.
Notwithstanding the administrative regions of France, there are a number of regions within regions that have evolved historically, and are arguably closer to the ethos of France than the bureaucratic impositions. These include the Ardennes, Quercy, the Brenne, Savoie, the Midi, Perigord, Provence and even that amorphous area known as Cathar Country (Le Pay Cathare).