Best Time to Visit France
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Best Time To Visit France
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
With thousands of tourists flocking throughout the year, the best time to visit France is during the months of spring and fall season. Though, with a pleasant weather, spring season can be the ideal time to visit major attractions of France. However, you may also choose to visit this beautiful location during the autumn season. Read our below guide to figure out the best season to visit France basis your taste and preferences.
Though, weather in France is usually mild, there are regional variations offering a total different experience. The best time to travel to France for budget travelers is during the spring and fall seasons. It's a great time to explore the countryside and have some fun in the sun before the winter sets in.
For a detailed month-wise guide, take a look below, and choose the best time to take a tour to this happening place.
April - June
With average daytime temperature ranging from 8 to 26 degree celsius, spring season is the best time of the year to explore neighborhoods and gardens in Paris. Being a season of transition weather-wise, travelers are fewer so one can avail great discounts on flights and accommodation.
June - August
During the summer season, especially in months of July and August, major attractions of the country are pretty crowded and hotel rates get higher. These months are also usually humid, however, days are long with blue skies which allow plenty of time for sightseeing. You may also enjoy some time lazing along beaches crammed with tourists despite the sweltering weather.
September - November
As soon as the schools in France are open again, autumn begins way before the September equinox. The gardens and tree-lined streets of Paris show off a multitude of colors. Hotel prices return to normal rate with less crowded places to help you make the most of your tour.
December - March
You may also choose to hop on a tour, if your aim is to explore Paris during the winter season. Although snowfall is rare, winter season in France is cold and wet with average temperature ranging between 5 to 15 degree celsius.
Climate in France
Summer Season in France
Summer in France is between June and August. It is the time when one can enjoy the beaches and also have fun in swimming pool. June is the best time to visit France for holiday. It is the month when there is still time for school holidays and temperature is the best for exploring the cities. July is much busier but nothing can replace the beauty of lavender fields. August is the time when temperature is at the peak in France and most of the shops and hotels are shut down as the locals travel to other places for the summer break at schools.
Temperatures in autumn are warm during this season which is between the months of September and October. It is also the time when Paris fashion week is held.
Monsoon Season in France
The month of August is the wettest month in France. An average rainfall of 2.5 inches occur in this month. Overall, the city of Paris receives 24 inches of rainfall per year. During the winter season, snowfall in common in northern and central France, while southern France witnesses milder winter.
Winter Season in France
Winter season spans between November and March. It is the best time to visit France for honeymoon as Paris can be lovely during this season. It is the time in Paris when one can visit the museums and the major attractions without the issue of crowds. Even when the tourist spots are comparatively quieter the city and the restaurants are very lively. The city gets the vibe of Christmas with Christmas markets and decorations. These are the months when country side closes down and one should also be prepared for frequent rains.
France experiences spring between the months of April to May. The markets also tend to reopen or get expanded in size during this time. Springtime in France is much peaceful considering the crowds. The Cannes film festival is hosted in France during this season.
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FAQ's of France
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For exploring the country properly you might need close to 6 months or so. But for visiting most important landmarks, try to spend at least 7 to 10 days in France.
The Eurail or private buses are the best bet for traveling within France. If you have an international driver’s license, then you can get a car on hire for self driving.
Make sure to buy chocolates, perfume and any fashion accessory when in France. Don’t forget to buy wine.
Although most French people do know and understand English, they are notorious for pretending to not understand it. Learn a few basic phrases of French so that they know you are trying, so that they will too.
The Schengen visa that is valid for the entire European Union is also valid for France.
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