Best French Maps

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  1. RogerD

    RogerD Deleted User

    Is it a good idea to buy maps of France in England or in France? Which make are the best for exploring? Is there a French Ordnance Survey equivilent?
     
  2. Geo

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    In my opinion the Michelin maps available here and there are the best,
    A lot of us rely on sat Nav or Auto route on the lap top these days, only when we get stuck do we check the printed version:Rofl1:
    Geo
     
  3. olley

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    Hi almost never use maps now, just rely on tomtom, lead me up the garden path going through spain recently, :cry: crossed the border at Irun, heading for Burgos, it took me on to a brandnew m/way, great I thought, until about 15miles later when it ran out, there still building it!! :Doh:

    Had to get the maps out to find out where we were, and where to go as tomtom insisted I rejoin the non-existant M/way. Spent the next 15miles or so stuck behind a lorry climbing up the side of a mountain, and down again.

    Incase any of you go that way, its the AP1 and it stops at Mondragon, I reckon the rest will be open late this year or early next.

    Olley
     
  4. N Luyetund

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    Michelin are fine but for us there's too much detail and they're not as easy as the AA versions that are available in the 'works' type bookshops and elsewhere at less than the cover price.

    It's really a matter of what suits you... and if you buy in the UK they are in English:Wink:
     
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  5. tuscancouple

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    Roger, depends on what level of detail you need. We've always used the Michelin maps in France however for more detail when it's needed for exploring on bikes/walking the Ordance Survey equivalent in France are the IGN maps, Institut Geographique National. You can purchase them in the UK from TheMapCentre.com - Buy maps online from OS, IGN, Michelin and many more!

    Mick
     
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    Went down to Bordeaux and back this year using Tom Tom and manage to stay off the toll road all the way.

    Could never do that with a map.

    Couple of blips with narrow roads but that could happen with maps just the the same.
     
  7. Parcverger

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    We like the AA French Atlas, and are on our second version of this. Beware that there are new roads - especially bypasses - around a number of bottlenecks in France, and SatNavs are very slow to include these. For visitors to Parc Verger there is one new road that saves 15 minutes by avoiding a town that has multiple traffic lights so we always advise visitors to use the directions on our website and not trust their SatNavs.

    It is very much a case of use SatNavs with discretion - look at maps to see projected opening dates of new roads/bypasses and be prepare to use those whatever the SatNav says!

    Bob and Di
     
  8. 2escapees

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    A think the new book just published by Michelin is a better option. Out this month it is called Escapade en Camping Car and it cover all regions of France giving maps, tourist information, Aires de Service and camping details of a number of lovely scenic routes. I think it was about 8€ and is sale in most Maison de Presse or I am sure over the web. Better than just maps if you want to get a real flavour of France.

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  9. pappajohn

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    hi roger,
    have a look here.......
    Road maps of Europe to your door from Drive-Alive

    i bought french and spanish maps here but they are very large (around 6ft x 4ft) although very good detail.

    john.
     
  10. ray

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    French Maps

    We always use the Michelin Atlas routier 1.200 000 or 1cm = 2km .
    We started buying individual maps of the areas but found it much cheaper to get the atlas that covers the whole of the country, Get a compass as well for when you get lost in oneway systems in the larger towns we have found it invaluable. We bought the map in France. Enjoy yourself
     
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