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Best time to visit France
Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on August 7, 2021 Share on

Know the Best Time to Visit France – Bon voyage les amis!

These Months are considered to be the best time to travel to France: Spring season – April and May, summer season- June, July and August, or autumn season – September and October. You can make the most out of the beaches, parks and tons of ice creams! Yet, as a traveller, it depends on you to decide which month is perfectly suitable for you. As everyone has a different taste, here is a complete guide providing the best time to visit France! France has everything for everyone, all you have to do is research.

 

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Best Time to Visit France

So, let’s find out which month is perfect for you 🙂

January

Paris can be an amazing place to start your new year with stunningly elegant Champs-Élysées, gazing at fireworks over the Arc de Triomphe. January is a perfect month for shopping and celebrating the holiday season. This month has approximately 14 days of rainfall and 39.4°F (4°C) temperature, just perfect for some hot chocolate! Also, Les soldes d’hiver is an annual event where tourists can buy products and get up to 70% discount offers. The event is fully under government control and it takes place in January.

Also read – 10 Most Romantic Places For Honeymoon In France!

February

The month of love celebrated in the city of love, sounds lovely, doesn’t it? You can visit this popular and beautiful village of St.Valentin decorated with red roses, located in the Loire Valley and is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The temperature of the month is nearly 40.6°F (4.7°C) and rainfall is up to 13 days. Also, besides valentine’s day, you can enjoy La Percée du Vin Jaune, Jura (the wine festival), and the Violet Festival, Tourrettes-Sur-Loup.

valentines day, france, Best Time to Visit France
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March

The spring season of March in France is very colourful and cosy. The merit of this season is fewer crowds and shorter lines at museums and major landmarks you would like to explore. You can experience 14 days of rainfall in March and a temperature of around 45.6°F (7.5°C). Also, not to forget about The Dunkirk Carnival, a very popular carnival in France and the famous Paris Fashion Week, showcasing unique clothing.

Also read – 10 Most Beautiful Parks in Paris, France- Se perdre dans la beauté!!

April

April can be a perfect month to visit France as the weather is good with 50.2°F (9.9°C) and 14 days of rainfall. Also not to forget about the Wind and Kite Festival which is a two-day event held every year in late April and Foire du Trône, a traditional festival with roller-coasters, Ferris wheel rides and many other attractions for children.

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May

With the weather changing up for summer, May has to offer a lot for tourists. Firstly, the most popular Cannes Film Festival, which showcases some of the best independent films from all over the world. Secondly, The Taste of Paris is another famous and tasty festival where several food vendors participate in the Grand Palais. The temperature goes around 56.8°F (13.6°C) and rainfall for 12 days, approximately.

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June

With 11 days of rainfall and temperature rising high to 62.7°F (16.9°C). June can be a month for you to soak up in the sunny outdoors. June offers you the Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival, the famous flower festival organised in the Loire Valley. And also the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival at the island of the Seine, perfect for all music lovers out there.

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July

Raging sun and chill cocktails, summer season with temperature around 66.8°F (19.2°C) and 11 days of rainfall approximately. This month celebrates Bastille Day which is one of the most important festivals for the citizens of France on 14th July, when the French revolution was started by storming the Bastille Castle. Also, the Tour de France is held in July, the most famous cycle race tournament. You can visit beaches and enjoy quality time with your loved ones.

Also read – 9 Best French slang words you should know while visiting France.

August

It only gets hotter in August and is a perfect time for you to experience the French sun and explore amazing outdoor festivals and water activities. Jazz a Marciac, a Jazz music festival that takes place in the village of Marciac features a lot of international and local music artists. And also not to forget about the World Cultural Festival that takes place in Montoire-sur-le-Loir, showcasing cultural dances from several countries. The temperature in August is around 66.5°F (19°C).

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September

The temperature starts to gradually fall to 61.5°F (16.3°C) and rainfall around 11 days. September comes with the buzzing Basque Country Music Festival, which is one of the most popular music festivals for the country of France and it takes place at Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz. Also, The Feria du Riz is the traditional bullfighting festival that takes place in the southern regions of France.

Also read – France in September- A Complete Guide to a Perfect France Vacation

October

Famous Nuit Blanche, the art festival that is celebrated all across France on the 6th of October every year, makes it a perfect time for all the art lovers to visit. The temperature in October goes around 54°F (12.2°C) and is expected to rain for 13 days. Not to forget the famous Le Salon du Chocolat Festival, which showcases the varieties of chocolates. Also, visitors can participate in the workshop and make their chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolates?

chocolates, france, Best Time to Visit France
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November

Temperature decreased to 45.7°F (7.5°C) and expected rainfall for 15 days, a perfect time to have hot coffee or crepes while sightseeing. The Fine Art and Antiques Fair, having beautiful art collections and avid antiques takes place in November in the city of Toulouse. Also, the country celebrates Armistice Day, so many tourist attractions can be closed yet you can visit many WWI war sites as these sites would be open on the 11th of November.

Also read – France In November: All in One Guide To a Splendid Winter Vacation

December

December has a lot to give, from Christmas to a unique festival named Lyon Festival of Lights, every house is lit up during the night just like our Diwali festival, also how can we forget New Year’s Eve that is celebrated in an enormous way in France. Enjoy the scrumptious food, firecrackers and barge into the New Year with your loved ones. The temperature in December is around 40.7°F (4.8°C) and rainfall of 15 days approximately.

christmas decoration champs elysees, Best Time to Visit France
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When not to go to France –

The winter season – December and early January and Rainy season – March and early April are not very likely to visit France as these months are not among the favourites but yet you can get crowd-free sights, avoid queues and stay for some affordable prices. Usually, the summer months are the favourite time for both locals and tourists.

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Has this guide made everything easier for you to decide when to visit France and when not to? You can also check Pickyourtrail for some amazing France Vacation Packages or even you can customise your France itinerary with your choices and preferences! So easy, See you soon. 

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