When to Go in France

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Though France wears its classic beauty and elegant appeal all year round, it's especially impressive in spring and fall and also during the less hectic, off-season months. Here is a guide to the best time to indulge in a charming French sojourn.


For climate, the most suitable time to visit France is during its blooming, poetic springs from April to June, and the fall season from September to November. Though temperatures are pleasantly uniform throughout the year, the winters are less crowded and give tourists an opportunity to savor France minus the chaos. The over-packed months are July and August, when thousands of visitors converge on the nation, making hotel tariff and basically all fares more expensive than usual. It is extremely difficult to find a decent accommodation during these months if you haven’t booked in advance.


There is a slight variation in the weather of different regions of France. Paris never gets too cold for comfort, and snowfall is generally unheard of in the French Capital. May is a relatively dry month in the city and there is some tame drizzling from October to December. Paris has something on offer all year round, depending on your tolerance for crowds, interests and budget. Though countless odes have been dedicated to the Parisian spring, this is one of the most crowded times to visit the city. Winters or even fall might be a better option if you want a more value for money holiday. If you want to make a trip in spring, make sure you book your airline and hotel months in advance.

The Mediterranean Coast

The South of France has the driest climate in the country, and the rains are heavy and incessant during spring and autumn. Cannes receives a lot of rainfall in a particularly bad year. Summers are nice and pleasant, though a bit dry. Provence features a climate with unrelenting, hot winds in winter, that have the capacity to last a little under two weeks. The best time to visit the region is undoubtedly during the Cannes Film Festival in May, even though it's starting to get crowded for the tourist season. The boulevards, promenades, pubs and beaches of the town acquire a party-like atmosphere, and this is also one of the best times to spot the who’s who of world cinema. Make sure to book travel tickets and hotels well in advance.

Though it’s difficult to pin down a suitable time to visit a country as beautiful as France, there are a few points that can be considered by tourists depending on their interests, purpose of travel and budget.

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