France is a year-round destination, with countless attractions and reasons to visit throughout the year. I have visited the country more times than I can remember, in all of the seasons. However, the best time to visit France depends on a few factors.
Firstly and most importantly, when deciding when to travel to France, you need to consider what it is that you want to do there. If you’d like to enjoy the country’s world-class ski resorts, you’re best off visiting in the winter; whereas if you’d prefer to spend time relaxing on France’s stunning Mediterranean beaches, you may want to come when it’s a little warmer.
Overall (outside of the mountains), the summer months tend to coincide with the peak tourist season, when accommodation and other costs are highest and crowds are at their worst. If you’re looking to visit France on a budget, it might be a good idea to travel outside of these months.
Overall Best Time to Visit France
With its varied landscape and extensive coastline, France has an impressive range of climates ranging from dry and hot Mediterranean in the south to wet and temperate in the north. However, wherever you are in France, the weather is generally much better in summer than in winter.
Given the increased prices and crowds of the peak summer season (June-August), personally, my favorite time to visit France is either in the late spring (May) or early autumn (September). Temperatures are still likely to be warm but there will be far fewer crowds and you can often secure discounts on accommodation.
Unless I’m coming to France for winter sports, I usually avoid visiting during the winter months. Temperatures can get pretty cold, it rains quite a lot, and you can’t enjoy the beautiful scenery or the amazing outdoor cafe culture in the same way.
Peak Season in France (June – August)
The peak season for tourism in France runs from June to August. This is usually when the weather is at its best, with long, warm days, and many weeks of uninterrupted sunshine. However, along with the great weather, this period also draws much larger crowds.
This period is popular with both international travelers and domestic holidaymakers, and the country’s best attractions tend to be packed with tourists. Additionally, hotels and other accommodations can get expensive during this time, with prices often being up to twice as high as they are in low season. If you’re traveling then, it’s best to book…