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Best time to visit France

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The best time to visit France is July

Based on all the essential things any traveller needs to know about visiting France such as the cost of travel, weather, peak travel seasons and many more, July is the best time of year to go.

The warmest month of the year in Paris, France is July, where the average maximum temperature gets to around 24℃ (76℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 28℃ (82℉) on the hottest days of summer. The temperature at night in the winter can drop to as low as -2℃ (28℉), although this can differ at other destinations across France depending on the geography.

The sun stays up the longest in France in August, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. To stay dry, avoid travelling to France in December – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Keep reading to find out when the best times to travel to France are for whatever trip you’re planning. By the time you finish, you’ll have all the info you need, and you’ll be ready to start booking. Don’t know where to look or who to book with? Don’t stress! We’ve hand-picked our favourite online travel tools we use, know and love so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands. Happy reading!

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France seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. France is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in France

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

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Top FAQs

France is in Europe.
You can check out the full list of awesome destinations and hidden gems to explore in France here.
The warmest month of the year in Paris, one of the most popular places to visit in France, is July.
The driest month of the year in Paris, France, is usually around September each year.

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