The best times to visit France are between April and June and between September and November. Summertime
has the most crowds but an upside of warm weather and lots to do. In the springtime
, there is comfortable weather, fewer crowds, and the vegetation is in full bloom. The late fall and winter months between
November and February
are the rainy months when the cold sets in and it’s not recommended to travel during these times.
River cruises, sunny beaches, and sprawling valleys bring people from all over the world to dive into the culture and the various sights of the different regions. More than 90 million people visit France each year, making it the most visited country in the world.
April is the month when the flowers start to bloom, the trees are green, more attractions are open, and the busy summer months are still at bay. Northern France
is temperate and ideal for biking and hiking. The southern towns of Aix-en-Provence and Nice
are alive with markets and artists, and Paris
has shed its winter jackets for scarves and an umbrella for the occasional shower.
During May, the French Riviera is warming up to the point where beaches and coastal towns including Cannes
are relaxing places to visit. As red poppies are bloom in the south, the Grains de Jardin Festival
in Normandy finds upwards of 50,000 visitors that come to explore all things gardening.
The streets of Paris start to fill up with travelers towards the end of May, but many attractions are starting to open for the season, which makes May an ideal time to explore the mecca before international visitors descend upon the city.
June is a month when festivals start for the summer season and crowds of international visitors begin to congregate. Cruises on the Seine River
take you to Claude Monet’s thriving gardens in Giverny and small port towns overlooking the sea which are great places to soak up the sun in serenity.
A Hot Air Balloon Festival
takes place in the Rhone Alpes
at the sight where the first balloon took off. Additionally, the Tour de France takes place at the end of the month and continues into the first few weeks of July.
After the busy months of July and August, September brings fall colors, the start of wine season, and a nationwide food festival held in different cities around the country- the Fête de a Gastronomie. The wine regions begin their harvests in the fall, making trips to the south of the country an exploration into a different side of French culture.
The beaches of the Riviera still have great weather, but cooler temperatures in the north make it the best place to enjoy the fall in the countryside and discover small towns and villages.
October is the peak month for the harvest season in the country’s vineyards.
The Rhône Valley
in Southern France, the city of Bordeaux
, and Côte Rôtie all play a part in keeping up the tradition of winemaking in France. While the fall weather can bring rainy days; the colors, the ease of travel, the fewer crowds, and extended opening hours of popular places make journeys during October much more manageable.
For more information about planning a great trip to France and seeing the country first hand, contact one of our travel experts.
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