TOP100 road maps of France from the Institut Géographique National (IGN); exceptionally detailed, contoured road maps, ideal for exploring the French countryside by car, by bike, or even on foot. Used by millions of locals and tourists alike, this series provides an excellent balance between coverage of a sufficiently wide area and detailed road presentation, plus topographic information not found on other road maps. For several decades now these maps have been one of Stanfords’ leading bestsellers.
Now based on IGN’s digital data used to produce the country’s topographic survey at more detailed scales, presentation has been sharpened to make small local roads stand out better. Contour interval varies according to the terrain, from 10m along the coast to 40m in the mountainous areas, enhanced by relief shading. Additional colouring shows different types of vegetation or land use (woods, vineyards, orchards, etc). The maps have a 5-km UTM grid for GPS users, plus a latitude and longitude grid at 15’ intervals.
The series includes plenty of tourist information. For walkers the maps have an overprint highlighting long-distance footpaths, the GR routes, making them an ideal supplement to topo-guides. A wide range of symbols mark various places of interest, sport and recreational facilities, mountain refuges, gîtes d’etape, etc. The maps carry all the usual information found on topographic maps at this scale: peaks, glaciers, passes, names of mountain ranges and other geographical features, railways with stations, funiculars, ski and chair lifts, administrative boundaries, etc. Map legend includes English.
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