Best Time to Visit France
When is the best time to visit France? The country offers the perfect climate to visit in the Spring, Summer and Autumn. A spring in France provides gives picturesque green hills with pretty flowers and calm weather. April showers occur on occasion, but it is nothing an umbrella cannot handle. Spring and summer are especially lovely because of the beauty that these seasons bestow upon the French countryside, however, the Autumn months make travel and site seeing very doable - even with the occasional drizzle and chillier conditions in the evenings as the end of the Autumn draws in.
Provence enjoys a pleasant, Mediterranean climate. On average, Provence gets 300 days of sunshine each year, with warm but mild temperatures. Summer is high season here, with August bringing the hottest weather and the biggest crowds. Spring is a great time of year, the weather is warm, with temperatures swaying between 16 and 20°C, and the crowds are small. If you want to see lavender fields then it would be best to visit the region in June. In October the weather starts to cool.
Our Experts Say...
"The best time to visit France in general will be autumn (September - October), where the weather is cooler and the busy summer crowds have left. It is the perfect time for travelling as prices are much lower than July -August with fewer crowds and better weather!
"Between mid-December and mid-April, it will be the best time to hit the ski slopes. January has the best prices while mid-March to early April offer longer days and better snow depths."
Ying Ying Koo, Europe Specialist
Climate guide for France
Average temperatures (Celcious) and rainfall (mm)