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France in May
Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on April 28, 2022 Share on

France in May: Weather, Places to Visit, Festivals, and More!

France in May is altogether a different vibe because it’s when you can feel the warmness of the sun in the mornings and chill breezes accompanied by some rain in the evenings. It is one of the perfect months to visit France and explore, as spring is the best time to see the countryside blooming at its best. Visit the Northern, Central or Mediterranean region of France, and no place will disappoint you. France offers the best of everything to its visitors and is the perfect destination for a vacation. Get ready to explore French culture, history, heritage, food, fashion and so much more in May. Excited to visit France? We know the answer is an obvious yes but before that check out the important information given below to have a great trip.

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Weather in France – May

May is the perfect time to visit France as it is the month of spring here. The weather lets you comfortably explore the cities, visit the attractions and have street food without getting exhausted. You can even expect a cool breeze in the early mornings and evenings and sometimes rains. In the north of France, the weather is cooler and rainier but if you go to the Mediterranean side you can feel the warm and dry temperature.  

Cities Average High-Temperature Average Low-Temperature

Paris: 64°F (18°C) 50°F (10°C)

Strasbourg: 68°F (20°C) 46°F (8°C)

Bordeaux: 66°F (19°C) 50°F (10°C)

Nice: 68°F (20°C) 55°F (13°C)

Lyon: 68°F (20°C) 48°F (9°C)

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Places to Visit in France in May

Visit one of these charming places in France to make your vacation unforgettable:

  1. Provence
  2. Brittany
  3. Paris
  4. Versailles
  5. Burgundy

1. Provence

Provence is just so beautiful in May with the eye-pleasing sceneries and attractions, you should start your trip to France here. It’s located in the southeast part of the country and offers stunning activities to do on your vacation. You can visit the famous lavender fields, go shopping at French markets, visit small hilltop villages for local food and taste some of the most exquisite wines. Doesn’t that just sound out of the world?

France in May, Provence
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2. Brittany

The Celtic nation, Brittany is located in the northwest of France. If castles, cathedrals, museums and beautiful fortified towns are places that interest you, then Brittany is the place for you. The city has rich cultural history and heritage with the loveliest towns and villages that come to life during the springtime. Visit this beautiful location with your loved ones and have a whimsical picnic with the most astonishing views.

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3. Paris

Who wouldn’t want to visit Paris when they’re in France! Paris in May is the perfect time to visit but do all your bookings well in advance to avoid issues such as trouble finding accommodations on attractive deals as it is the peak tourist season. It has so many world-known attractions that need no special introduction. Visit Paris with your family, friends or your partner and explore this marvellous city to the fullest. 

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4. Versailles

Northern France is also a great region with plenty of beautiful cities to explore and one of those is Versailles. The city’s rich history and culture are so rich and fascinating that it is sure to charm you. Here, you get to explore palaces, gardens, architectural landmarks, markets, cathedrals and so much more that you should definitely add Versailles to your itinerary now.

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5. Burgundy

Burgundy is located in east-central France and is popularly known for its exquisite wine. Go on a wine tour or visit enchanting places like  Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d’Autun, Hospices de Beaune, Owl’s Trail, Le Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, La Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and so many more amazing places to take your vacation to another level.

France in May, Burgundy
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Major Festivals in France in May

1 MayLabour Day (Fête due Travail / Fête du Premier Mai)
2–8 MayRoman Week
2–8 MayParis Beer Festival
8 MayVE (Victory in Europe) Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945) celebrated with parades
13–22 MayCultural celebrations across Brittany (Fête de la Bretagne)
14 MayNight of Museums (Museums stay open for the whole night and is free of charge)
17–28 MayCannes Film Festival
25–29 MayElectronic music festival (Nuits Sonores, Lyon) 
26 MayAscension
26–29 MayMonaco Grand Prix
26–29 MayJoan of Arc Festival, Rouen
May 31–July 3Festival of St. Denis, Paris – Classical concerts
Late May–mid-JuneD-Day Festival, across Normandy
May–JulyVersailles Festival is celebrated with classical music, dance, contemporary art
France in May
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Frequently Asked Questions For France in May

Where in France should I visit in May?

You can plan your visit to Paris, Burgundy, Versailles, Brittany and Provence in May. 

What is the weather in May like in France?

May is the perfect time to visit France as it is the last spring month here. You can explore the cities in pleasant weather, visit the attractions and have amazing street food. You can even expect a cool breeze in the early mornings and evenings with sudden spells of rain at times. In the north of France, the weather is cooler but if you go to the Mediterranean side you can feel the warm and dry temperature.  

When is Labour Day celebrated in France?

Labour Day is celebrated on the 1st of May.

Where is Versailles located?

Versailles is a delightful city in the department of the Yvelines, Île-de-France and is located in Northern France. The city’s rich history and culture are so rich and fascinating that it is sure to charm you.

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