Best Time to Visit France

Boasting a mild climate most of the year, there’s always a chance to experience amazing activities and tours across France, no matter when you visit. If you’re trying to choose dates for your vacation but aren’t sure about the best time to travel to France, our experts are on hand to guide you. Having traveled through this country extensively, our destination experts know the best times of year to visit France and can help you plan the perfect break based on what you want to see and do. 

 
Best time to visit

When is the best time of year to visit France?

The best time to travel to France depends on the kinds of experiences and activities you’d like to do on your trip. 

During the spring, temperatures rise and the sun comes out, ideal conditions for visiting the cities, countryside or even the French coastline. Alternatively, if you’re looking to travel to France for its skiing, winter is the best time of year to visit Alpine hotspots and experience some of the best skiing conditions in Europe.

If you’re wondering when the best time to visit Paris is, we’d recommend spring as the ideal season, allowing you the chance to enjoy warm weather and sunshine as you meander through the streets of Montmartre or take a stroll along the Seine. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, a winter trip to Paris can be equally as enjoyable - just don’t forget to bring your umbrella and warm layers!

No matter when you’d like to travel, our experts will gladly create a uniquely customized itinerary for your trip so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy your time in France.

Usually, spring (March to May), summer (June-August) and fall (September to November) are the best times to travel to France to make the most of everything the country has to offer in pleasant climates. As temperatures begin to rise and towns and countryside regions come back to life after the winter, spring is often thought to be the best time to visit destinations across France. If you’d prefer to travel in the summer, we’re happy to help you plan your trip, but be prepared for plenty of tourists and high temperatures, especially in the cities. 


Spring in France

With temperatures in the 60s and 70s across most of the country, spring is one of the best times of year to travel to France, especially Paris. Known as the ‘City of Lights’, this cosmopolitan capital has something for everyone to enjoy, particularly its excellent local cuisine and buzzy cafe culture. However, if you want the French city experience without the crowds, we suggest a visit to the beautiful city of Lyon. This UNESCO world heritage center boasts scenic historical and architectural landmarks alongside some of the best restaurants in France.

Spring is also a great time to visit countryside locations such as the Loire Valley. This charming region is home to enchanting villages, rustic vineyards and over 300 amazing chateaux, all just waiting to be explored. 

 
Summer in France

Summer in France means warm temperatures and glorious weather throughout the country, especially along the Mediterranean coast.

During the summer months, the South of France is a popular destination complete with rolling countryside and a sparkling coastline, perfect for soaking up the sunshine. Spend your time basking on a stunning beach along the glitzy Côte D’Azur or visit the lavender fields of Provence and gaze out across the colorful countryside as you explore the region’s picturesque towns and villages. 

In northern France, Normandy is also an ideal summer destination, with cooler yet still sunny conditions. Explore historic ports, sandy beaches and ancient cathedrals and then end your day with a delicious meal at one of the region’s gastronomic hotspots.


Fall in France


Much like the spring, fall is one the best times of year to visit France to enjoy both its lively cities and charming countryside towns and villages.

As crowds begin to die down and temperatures remain pleasant, September to November is a good time to visit regions in central France like Burgundy. Drive through scenic towns, explore beautiful chateaux or sample some of the most famous French cheeses in the villages where they are made - the choice is yours.

Fall is also the best time to visit regions like Champagne and Bordeaux as the grapes are harvested to be made into wine. Now is the time to take a tour of the vineyards and sample some of the best French wines.

 

Winter in France


If you’re planning a visit to France during the winter, a trip to the Alps is a must. 

Alongside renowned locations like Chamonix and Val d’Isère, there are many charming skiing destinations across France that are worth visiting. The chic resort of Megève guarantees some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Alps while the lively resort of Mèribel - part of the famous Trois Vallées - provides immaculately groomed runs and a buzzy après ski scene for the perfect end to a day on the slopes. Even if you aren’t one for winter sports, the regions themselves are simply stunning and offer plenty of other things to do, including spa days and shopping. We have a range of luxury accommodation options at some of the best resorts across the French Alps to help you add the finishing touches to your vacation. 

If snowy conditions aren’t for you, how about a winter trip to glamorous Monaco? Attractions in this sovereign city-state include the lavish Grand Casino, streets full of designer boutiques and luxurious restaurants and bars, all perfect distractions while escaping the cold and rainy French winter... 

Climate guide for France

, France

Average temperatures (Fahrenheit) and rainfall (mm)

Jan
66°F 16mm
Feb
69°F 12mm
Mar
77°F 9mm
Apr
82°F 7mm
May
85°F 6mm
Jun
95°F 6mm
Jul
96°F 4mm
Aug
95°F 4mm
Sep
91°F 5mm
Oct
80°F 7mm
Nov
70°F 17mm
Dec
62°F 15mm
Jan
54°F 12mm
Feb
58°F 10mm
Mar
66°F 8mm
Apr
76°F 9mm
May
79°F 9mm
Jun
92°F 7mm
Jul
93°F 5mm
Aug
93°F 7mm
Sep
85°F 6mm
Oct
73°F 11mm
Nov
64°F 14mm
Dec
56°F 11mm
Jan
49°F 15mm
Feb
54°F 9mm
Mar
62°F 15mm
Apr
70°F 12mm
May
76°F 21mm
Jun
87°F 16mm
Jul
88°F 16mm
Aug
88°F 14mm
Sep
80°F 12mm
Oct
68°F 16mm
Nov
60°F 17mm
Dec
52°F 14mm
Jan
55°F 6mm
Feb
57°F 16mm
Mar
66°F 8mm
Apr
74°F 5mm
May
79°F 6mm
Jun
90°F 5mm
Jul
93°F 5mm
Aug
93°F 5mm
Sep
83°F 4mm
Oct
72°F 5mm
Nov
63°F 5mm
Dec
57°F 5mm
Jan
56°F 8mm
Feb
60°F 6mm
Mar
66°F 8mm
Apr
73°F 9mm
May
80°F 10mm
Jun
90°F 8mm
Jul
91°F 8mm
Aug
92°F 8mm
Sep
84°F 7mm
Oct
73°F 10mm
Nov
65°F 12mm
Dec
56°F 8mm
Jan
56°F 8mm
Feb
60°F 6mm
Mar
66°F 8mm
Apr
73°F 9mm
May
80°F 10mm
Jun
90°F 8mm
Jul
91°F 8mm
Aug
92°F 8mm
Sep
84°F 7mm
Oct
73°F 10mm
Nov
65°F 12mm
Dec
56°F 8mm
Jan
57°F 8mm
Feb
61°F 7mm
Mar
68°F 6mm
Apr
77°F 7mm
May
81°F 8mm
Jun
94°F 6mm
Jul
95°F 3mm
Aug
97°F 5mm
Sep
88°F 4mm
Oct
75°F 8mm
Nov
64°F 8mm
Dec
59°F 8mm
Jan
57°F 8mm
Feb
62°F 10mm
Mar
68°F 9mm
Apr
75°F 10mm
May
82°F 9mm
Jun
93°F 6mm
Jul
94°F 8mm
Aug
94°F 7mm
Sep
87°F 8mm
Oct
75°F 9mm
Nov
67°F 12mm
Dec
58°F 8mm
Jan
49°F 15mm
Feb
54°F 9mm
Mar
62°F 15mm
Apr
70°F 12mm
May
76°F 21mm
Jun
87°F 16mm
Jul
88°F 16mm
Aug
88°F 14mm
Sep
80°F 12mm
Oct
68°F 16mm
Nov
60°F 17mm
Dec
52°F 14mm
Jan
56°F 8mm
Feb
60°F 6mm
Mar
66°F 8mm
Apr
73°F 9mm
May
80°F 10mm
Jun
90°F 8mm
Jul
91°F 8mm
Aug
92°F 8mm
Sep
84°F 7mm
Oct
73°F 10mm
Nov
65°F 12mm
Dec
56°F 8mm
Jan
62°F 9mm
Feb
61°F 24mm
Mar
67°F 10mm
Apr
72°F 10mm
May
78°F 6mm
Jun
88°F 8mm
Jul
87°F 3mm
Aug
90°F 3mm
Sep
84°F 5mm
Oct
76°F 10mm
Nov
69°F 19mm
Dec
62°F 11mm
Jan
56°F 8mm
Feb
57°F 9mm
Mar
64°F 8mm
Apr
73°F 7mm
May
75°F 5mm
Jun
86°F 5mm
Jul
88°F 3mm
Aug
87°F 6mm
Sep
81°F 5mm
Oct
71°F 7mm
Nov
63°F 9mm
Dec
58°F 7mm
Jan
56°F 8mm
Feb
58°F 9mm
Mar
66°F 9mm
Apr
76°F 7mm
May
79°F 12mm
Jun
90°F 9mm
Jul
93°F 6mm
Aug
93°F 10mm
Sep
83°F 8mm
Oct
73°F 9mm
Nov
63°F 10mm
Dec
58°F 9mm
Jan
61°F 7mm
Feb
64°F 6mm
Mar
70°F 5mm
Apr
77°F 6mm
May
83°F 3mm
Jun
95°F 4mm
Jul
95°F 5mm
Aug
97°F 2mm
Sep
90°F 4mm
Oct
80°F 6mm
Nov
71°F 11mm
Dec
62°F 7mm
Jan
58°F 4mm
Feb
61°F 6mm
Mar
70°F 10mm
Apr
77°F 11mm
May
82°F 15mm
Jun
92°F 11mm
Jul
93°F 7mm
Aug
93°F 8mm
Sep
86°F 6mm
Oct
76°F 9mm
Nov
65°F 12mm
Dec
58°F 5mm
Jan
58°F 4mm
Feb
61°F 6mm
Mar
70°F 10mm
Apr
77°F 11mm
May
82°F 15mm
Jun
92°F 11mm
Jul
93°F 7mm
Aug
93°F 8mm
Sep
86°F 6mm
Oct
76°F 9mm
Nov
65°F 12mm
Dec
58°F 5mm
Jan
56°F 8mm
Feb
60°F 6mm
Mar
66°F 8mm
Apr
73°F 9mm
May
80°F 10mm
Jun
90°F 8mm
Jul
91°F 8mm
Aug
92°F 8mm
Sep
84°F 7mm
Oct
73°F 10mm
Nov
65°F 12mm
Dec
56°F 8mm