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France, particularly the cities, can be enjoyed all year round, but the country is at its best in the spring (April–May), summer (June–August) and autumn (September–October). Overall, France enjoys mild temperatures, but regional variations include 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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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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France Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Aix-en-Provence 48°F 2" 50°F 2" 54°F 2" 61°F 2" 68°F 2" 75°F 2" 81°F 1" 79°F 2" 73°F 3" 64°F 3" 55°F 3" 48°F 3"
Amboise 45°F 2" 46°F 2" 54°F 2" 59°F 2" 66°F 2" 72°F 2" 77°F 2" 77°F 2" 72°F 2" 63°F 2" 52°F 3" 45°F 2"
Avignon 48°F 2" 52°F 2" 57°F 2" 63°F 2" 70°F 2" 79°F 2" 84°F 1" 82°F 2" 77°F 3" 68°F 4" 55°F 3" 50°F 2"
Honfleur 45°F 3" 45°F 2" 50°F 2" 55°F 2" 61°F 2" 66°F 2" 70°F 2" 70°F 2" 66°F 3" 61°F 3" 50°F 3" 46°F 3"
Monaco and Monte Carlo 50°F 3" 50°F 3" 54°F 3" 57°F 3" 64°F 3" 70°F 2" 77°F 1" 77°F 2" 72°F 3" 64°F 4" 55°F 4" 52°F 3"
Nice 52°F 3" 52°F 3" 55°F 3" 59°F 3" 66°F 2" 72°F 2" 79°F 1" 79°F 2" 73°F 3" 66°F 4" 57°F 4" 54°F 3"
Paris 43°F 2" 45°F 2" 52°F 2" 57°F 2" 64°F 2" 70°F 2" 75°F 2" 73°F 2" 68°F 2" 61°F 2" 50°F 2" 45°F 2"
Saint-Tropez 54°F 3" 55°F 3" 57°F 3" 63°F 2" 68°F 2" 75°F 1" 81°F 1" 81°F 2" 77°F 3" 70°F 4" 61°F 4" 55°F 3"
Samantha visiting Mont Saint-Michel, France

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 & Southern Africa Senior Specialist