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Lavender field, Provence

When is the best time to visit France?

The best times to visit France are in spring (April-May), summer (June-August) and fall (September-October).

France enjoys mild temperatures, although there are regional variations: there’s a Mediterranean climate in the south and wetter weather in the north, near the English Channel. In August, most of the country closes down to chase the sunshine in the south.

Winter is one of our preferred times to explore Paris, as the crowds are fewer, yet the restaurants are still lively with locals.

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I like to visit France in late May and early June, before the summer crowds begin to gather. The weather is warm enough to while away an afternoon at a Parisian cafe or stroll along the beaches in Normandy, enjoying the late-spring sunshine that’s attracted so many artists over the years. Then I head south to Provence, where the lavender is just beginning to bloom alongside fields of bright yellow sunflowers. As the days lengthen and the temperatures rise, I end on the Riviera and spend some time on the beaches before the real heat sets in.

Samantha, France & Italy Specialist

France Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Aix-en-Provence 9°C 51mm 10°C 59mm 12°C 54mm 16°C 53mm 20°C 52mm 24°C 44mm 27°C 23mm 26°C 45mm 23°C 71mm 18°C 82mm 13°C 72mm 9°C 66mm
Amboise 7°C 61mm 8°C 57mm 12°C 52mm 15°C 51mm 19°C 62mm 22°C 51mm 25°C 48mm 25°C 47mm 22°C 53mm 17°C 56mm 11°C 64mm 7°C 61mm
Avignon 9°C 56mm 11°C 63mm 14°C 55mm 17°C 53mm 21°C 56mm 26°C 42mm 29°C 25mm 28°C 51mm 25°C 74mm 20°C 105mm 13°C 68mm 10°C 61mm
Bayeux 7°C 74mm 8°C 63mm 10°C 61mm 13°C 49mm 16°C 58mm 19°C 51mm 21°C 46mm 21°C 49mm 19°C 67mm 16°C 78mm 11°C 94mm 8°C 80mm
Bordeaux 10°C 96mm 11°C 83mm 14°C 73mm 17°C 70mm 20°C 75mm 23°C 57mm 26°C 46mm 26°C 56mm 24°C 74mm 19°C 84mm 13°C 93mm 10°C 97mm
Honfleur 7°C 67mm 7°C 55mm 10°C 57mm 13°C 46mm 16°C 56mm 19°C 52mm 21°C 49mm 21°C 50mm 19°C 64mm 16°C 72mm 10°C 84mm 8°C 71mm
Monaco and Monte Carlo 10°C 77mm 10°C 79mm 12°C 75mm 14°C 69mm 18°C 65mm 21°C 49mm 25°C 23mm 25°C 46mm 22°C 65mm 18°C 102mm 13°C 99mm 11°C 76mm
Nice 11°C 77mm 11°C 79mm 13°C 74mm 15°C 66mm 19°C 61mm 22°C 46mm 26°C 22mm 26°C 43mm 23°C 65mm 19°C 104mm 14°C 101mm 12°C 78mm
Paris 6°C 54mm 7°C 46mm 11°C 52mm 14°C 45mm 18°C 62mm 21°C 57mm 24°C 54mm 23°C 51mm 20°C 57mm 16°C 59mm 10°C 59mm 7°C 55mm
Saint-Tropez 12°C 78mm 13°C 82mm 14°C 73mm 17°C 54mm 20°C 50mm 24°C 38mm 27°C 14mm 27°C 41mm 25°C 65mm 21°C 100mm 16°C 105mm 13°C 86mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in France

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Visiting France in January - March

The winter months can be very cold throughout France. If you’re visiting the countryside, you’ll find it very quiet with many restaurants and hotels closed. However, it’s an excellent time to visit Paris. Crowds are much fewer yet many cultural events take place, making it a very lively time to visit. Rain showers are quite common at this time of year.

Events & Festivals

  • The Nice Carnival is a highlight of the winter calendar, with a procession of floats and parades of musicians and dancers.
  • Paris Fashion Week is held twice a year, in spring and autumn, and celebrates the latest styles and trends.

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