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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 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"
Bordeaux 48°F 3" 52°F 3" 59°F 2" 63°F 3" 70°F 3" 75°F 3" 79°F 2" 79°F 3" 73°F 3" 64°F 3" 55°F 4" 50°F 4"
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"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in France

Château d'Amboise, Loire Valley

Visiting France in September - October

This is one of the best times to visit France. Temperatures are still warm but not too hot, creating ideal conditions for exploring both the cities and the countryside. The crowds have thinned, families have returned to school, and landscapes are illuminated with vibrant reds and golds, ready for the vendange (grape harvest) to begin.  

Events & Festivals

  • Paris Fashion Week is held twice a year, in spring and autumn, and celebrates the latest styles and trends.
  • Held on the first Saturday in October, Nuit Blanche or ‘White Night’ is an all-night art festival where museums and galleries across Paris open their doors and street parties reign supreme for one night only.

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