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Best Time to Visit France

Depending upon the type of holiday you want - city, country, coastal, or alpine - you can choose the best time to visit France. The peak season in France is the summer (June and August) as these months experience the most pleasant climate. Paris looks stunning in the months of May and June as the trees transform into beautiful shades of rose and the air is filled with romance. The balmy air, clear blue skies, and long days make it easier for you to plan your sightseeing tour in France. 

Summer is the best season to visit France but if you are willing to explore its art, culture, beauty, and culinary expertise, it is best to avoid summertime. It is the peak season and you may encounter long queues and dense crowds. Many places are closed in France because of the long summer vacation when most Parisians shift to the countryside to enjoy the holiday. 

For a quieter sightseeing experience, plan a France holiday in the autumn months of September and October. During this time, the weather in France remains pleasant and the cities of France, Nice, etc. see fewer tourists. Autumn is the best time to go to France to see the renowned Mona Lisa at the Louvre, climb Montmatre to visit Sacré Coeur and explore France’s cities like Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes, and Nice.

From November to February, France sees fewer tourists as it is an off-season, but if you are on a budget, you can get great deals on accommodation and flight tickets during this season (except Christmas). Carry thick woolens if you are visiting Paris and other cities that receive heavy rainfall.

To know more about the best time to visit France, scroll down. Choose whichever season suits your likes and preferences and book a France tour package with us for a memorable holiday.

Overview of France Season

Off Season:
June-August: 14°c - 28°c
Shoulder Season:
September-October: 15°c - 08°c
Peak Season:
March-May: 10°c - 22°c

 

Travel Season Minimum Temperature Maximum Temperature Weather Condition
March to May 10°C 22°C Warm, Mild Showers
June to August 14°C 28°C Warm, Occasional Showers
September, October 08°C 15°C Pleasant but Cold, Frequent Showers
November to February 03°C 08°C Cold with light snowfall

France in Summer (June – August)

Temperature: The temperature in summer in France ranges from 14°C to 28°C. 

Weather: France’s summer is pleasant, warm, and sunny. You can comfortably explore the cities in France and indulge in adventure activities. There is rainfall in most parts of the country, but the southern part receives more precipitation.

Significance: For the most delightful time in France, attend Jazz Marciac, which is hosted by the Marciac village. This entices international and local artists and all the jazz lovers. Another famous festival to attend in summer in France is the World Cultural Festival.

Why you should visit now: Days are longer in the summer season and you can easily add more tourist attractions in your France itinerary. You can indulge in more outdoor activities and enjoy the warm weather. 

Know before you visit: Spring is the peak tourist season in France and thus, there are many tourists flying in. The rates of hotels and air tickets also rise. So, it is advised to book tickets and accommodation in advance. Also, remember though it is sunny most of the time, you may encounter rain. 

Tips: Plan your trip to France well in advance in summer to get lower prices. This is also a great time to attend local festivals, so make sure to carry a pair or two of fancy clothes.

France in Autumn (September-October)

Temperature: In Autumn, the temperature in France drops from 15°C to 8°C. 

Weather: The weather in France in autumn is still pleasant but the rain gets heavier and more frequent. The temperature goes down a bit, but the rain can hinder your plans. 

Significance: During this time, The Basque Country Music Festival is celebrated in Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz. It is a must-attend show for the most memorable experience. Another famous festival is Nuit Blanche, which is an all-night music festival. Foodie? Le Salon du Chocolat is the perfect festival for food lovers, where you can also make your own chocolate. 

Why you should visit now: The natural beauty makes autumn the best time to visit France. The shades of red, yellow, and brown enhance the stunning landscapes and treat your eyes to the most mesmerizing views. You can go hiking in the French Alps and explore the flora on display. If you are on a budget, you can enjoy lower rates on flight tickets and hotel rooms. 

Know before you visit: Explore the villages and towns in France in autumn season. It is also the best time to engage yourself in activities that interest you. Wine tasting can also be enjoyed in the countryside vineyards. 

Tips: Unexpected rains can hinder your plans. Carry appropriate clothing and rain gear so that it may not be an obstacle in your plans. Carry a good pair of sturdy shoes with a good grip if you are planning to trek.

France in Spring (March-May)

Temperature: The temperature in France in spring varies from 10°C to 22°C.

Weather: Starting in March and ending in May, the spring season is one of the best seasons to plan a trip to France. The weather is warm and comfortable for sightseeing tours and outdoor activities. Though, you can witness a little rainfall. 

Significance: Do not miss out on the Dunkirk Festival where local artists perform on the streets. Thus, spring proves to be a great time to visit France. It is also the time for Paris Fashion Week, one of the top fashion shows in the world. Cannes Film Festival is also held in May, which is among the world’s premium film festivals.

Why you should visit now: There is an abundance of charm in France in spring. You can see flowers in full bloom and leaves get a new life. Hear the birds chip and treat your eyes to the beautiful scenery. This is the shoulder season, so you will not see many tourists around. This will allow you to explore the top attractions with ease. And if you are in Bordeaux, indulge in wine-tasting tours in the countryside vineyards. 

Know before you visit: If traveling in March, carry woolens as it is still a bit cold. Spring is the perfect time to explore France in peace and indulge in trekking or hiking. 

Tips: Though spring is the shoulder season, you might find it difficult to book flight tickets and hotels. Make sure to book your France tour package in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Plus, this season in France also sees rainfall, so carry rain gear with you.