Weather Conditions in France
More than 82 million people visit the country of France every year. With its sprawling Mediterranean coastline, Alpine retreats, street-side bistros, wine and cheese festivals, there’s a lot this country offers. It is a tourist’s delight all through the year. But the best time for your visit depends on where you plan to spend most of your time.
If you enjoy long walks through the countryside and days spent at quaint cafes, the best time to visit France is the summer season, between June and August. This is the peak tourist season in France. So, while the weather might be perfect, there are hordes of tourists flocking the country, which means hotel and flight prices are quite high. Do note that the summer months are the only time it’s warm enough to spend a day at the beach, so pack accordingly.
In case you’re looking to travel on a budget or stay at some of the finest ski resorts in the world, the best time to travel to France is during the cold rainy off-season months — from November to February. During this season some hotels may provide discounts and there will be significantly lesser crowds. Do remember to carry appropriate winter clothing, since it can get quite cold.
If you want to avoid crowds and still enjoy moderate weather, the best time to visit France is during the fall months — September to October. Not too many tourists travel to France in the fall. This means shorter wait times at the museums and tourist attractions. Hotels may also slash prices in this period since it directly follows the peak summer season.
Tip: If you happen to plan a trip in the months of July or December, make sure you carry an umbrella.
If you enjoy being in nature and don’t like large crowds, the best time to go to France is during spring, between the months of April and May. While the weather may be too chilly for the beach, most of the markets and restaurants reopen from their winter breaks during these months. It’s also a great time of the year to see the colourful flowers in bloom across the countryside or attend the Cannes Film Festival.
Now that you know the best time to visit France, it is time to start finalising your trip. Check out SOTCs France tour packages for every season and take the first step towards a French holiday.