November in France: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

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Although November might seem to be a grey month with chilly weather and shorter days, it's a good time to pick for a French vacation. With fall colors lingering and brightening up the countryside and city parks, the crisp, cool weather can be ideal for a bit of outdoor recreation or sight-seeing.

November includes one of the country's most cherished public holidays, Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of World War I that was made official in a railway carriage in a remote part of Picardy .

France Weather in November

In November the weather can still be warm in the south of France but may change, so pack for the cold as well. Northern destinations, including Paris, tend to be cold and rainy.

  • Paris : 52 F (11 C) / 43 F (6 C)
  • Bordeaux : 57 F (14 C) / 43 F (6 C)
  • Lyon : 52 F (11 C) / 39 F (4 C)
  • Nice : 61 F (16 C) / 52 F (11 C)
  • Strasbourg : 48 F (9 C) / 37 F (3 C)

In addition to falling temperatures, the weather can be overcast and rainy. Expect to experience some precipitation, as rain showers are fairly common in November. It's unlikely you'll see snow in major cities unless you're traveling to the Alps or another high-elevation region for skiing.

What to Pack

When you visit France in November, depending on where you'll be traveling, pack for the average weather but be sure and include some warmer gear. Plan for layers and include a scarf, hat, and gloves so that you will be comfortable if the weather cools down, especially in evenings. If you are going to the mountains, you'll need snow and ski gear.

  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Sweaters/sweatshirts
  • Medium weight jacket, preferably waterproof
  • Closed-toe, comfortable shoes
  • Light boots or day hikers
  • Gloves and neck scarf

Don't forget to leave some extra space in your bag (or perhaps bring an extra suitcase) so you can return home with Christmas market souvenirs and French treats.

November Events in France

If you are in a city like Paris in November , there will be rainy days where you'll want to enjoy indoor activities, such as visiting well-known museums like The Louvre. And even in small towns, spending some time sipping coffee in a little bistro will be an ideal way to dodge the rain. Some major events make November an exciting time to visit France.

  • Armistice Day : This holiday is celebrated in every corner of France. It's particularly moving to visit the many World War I sites in northern France at this time. In observance, November 11 is always a public holiday with many museums and attractions closed. If you miss that day, you can always take in commemorations on the closest weekend to Armistice Day. 
  • The Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction : This wine sale takes place over three glorious days in Beaune , Burgundy. The tradition dates back to 1859 when the first auction of wines produced from the various vineyards owned by the Hospices was held by candlelight. Two candles were lighted at the beginning of the sale of each batch and the sale went to the person bidding last as the candles went out.
  • Beaujolais Nouveau Festivals : Beaujolais nouveau is a wine that is released at midnight on the third Thursday of the month, and its release is celebrated around Lyon. This is a great occasion for a bit of feasting and celebrating this young wine. Look for special events and wine dinners in restaurants. 
  • Toulouse Fine Art and Antiques Fair : Toulouse sees some 300 dealers setting up shop for avid antique and fine art collectors. The event, always held at the beginning of November, attracts those new to collecting as well as seasoned collectors from all over the world. There is also a monthly market . 
  • Christmas Markets : Charming holiday markets open all over France in preparation for the annual December holiday. Colorful wooden stalls line the boulevards, streets, and marketplaces and with that comes a sense of excitement and anticipation. Even small villages will have an outdoor Christmas market. 
  • Toussaint (Halloween) : Halloween was originally All Hallows Eve, part of a three-day event honoring the dead, which included saints (hallows), martyrs, and relatives. While Halloween falls on October 31 throughout the world, the French are more concerned with  Toussaint , All Saints Day, which takes place on November 1. On this day, you'll come across families going to the cemetery together to light candles in little lanterns and put flowers on the graves of their relatives.

November Travel Tips

  • November 1 (All Saint's Day) and November 11 (Armistice Day) are public holidays in France. Certain places may be closed, or tourist destinations may be extra crowded.
  • November is an off-season month for visiting France , so look out for deals on flights and hotels.
  • Christmas markets open near the end of the month and are one of the highlights of visiting France in the winter.
  • As the weather cools, enjoy roasted chestnuts and hot wine— vin chaud— at one of the many stalls that pop up in cities and small towns.

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France in November

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November isn’t our favorite month to visit France because the weather isn’t great, the days are much shorter, and it’s still a bit early to start enjoying the Christmas festivities and traditions in France.  

But if you happen to be visiting France in November, we would recommend focusing on France’s cities . You’ll have plenty of indoor activities and places to visit, and if the weather’s dry, you can explore on a walking tour of the city. All of our self-guided itineraries of France give you different options of things to do each day. In the winter, you can choose some of your activities for the day based on the weather.

Of course, visiting museums and galleries in France is always a good option, and France has many! Food tours and wine-tastings also take place inside. The advantage of visiting France in November is that there will be far fewer tourists. And since the harvest will be coming to an end, you’ll have some fantastic wines to try (with wine festivals and events to celebrate!). And we mustn’t forget that France’s winter truffle hunting season begins in November!

Browse our France vacation packages and get inspired for your next trip to France.

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France Weather in November 

Although the weather in France can be variable all year round, in November it tends to be greyer, colder, and wetter. There are also fewer hours of daylight. By the end of November, the sun rises after 8am and sets before 5pm in Paris (although you might not actually see much of the sun!).

The warmest part of France in November is the south of France, where temperatures range between 9-16°C (48-61°F). In Northern and Central France the average temperature is normally under 10°C (50°F) in November, and it’s normally a few degrees warmer (but wetter!) on the Atlantic coast. Even Nice on the French Riviera receives an average of 12.7 days of rainfall in November.

So if you’re traveling to France at this time of year, bring a warm, waterproof overcoat and footwear, and an umbrella! Bringing layers is a good idea if you’ll be exploring both the North and the South of France, as you may be lucky enough to enjoy some milder temperatures in the south.

Check out our Provence tours and our self-drive itineraries for the French Riviera .

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Festivals and Events in France in November

Here we’ve listed some of the festivals and events you can enjoy in France in November. If you book a driving tour of France with France Just For You, we’ll let you know what will be happening in the regions you’re visiting.

Beaujolais Nouveau Festival - a celebration of new Beaujolais wine

Following the grape harvest, on the third Thursday of November at 12:01 am, there’s a party in the streets of Lyon to celebrate the new Beaujolais wine of the year, ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’. The festival includes music, street parties and fireworks.

Dijon International Food Fair

During the first two weeks of November, Dijon hosts around 600 exhibitors and more than 200,000 visitors to its annual gastronomic fair. There are hundreds of food stalls with both amateur and professional chefs offering a range of delicious things to try. There are also cooking demonstrations for anyone looking for some cooking tips. 

The Dijon International Food Fair has been running since 1921. The idea was to revive and explore the traditional culinary and gourmet traditions of Burgundy through the region’s wine and the cuisine of its past Dukes. If you’re in Dijon we warmly recommend also visiting the Cité International de la Gastronomie et du Vin (the International City of Gastronomy and Wine - more info below). 

Lyon International Chocolate Trade Show

The Salon du Chocolat de Lyon is the biggest chocolate event of its kind in the world. It's been running yearly since 2011, and if you're a chocolate-lover and will be in Lyon, France in November, this is a must-do! 

This 3-day event brings together the finest chocolate makers from all over France. It's something that all the family can enjoy, and includes recipe demonstrations, chocolate exhibitions, pastry workshops and a chocolate dress show!

All Saints Day (La Toussaint) 

Every November 1st is a public holiday to commemorate the dead. If you’re in France on this day, some venues may be closed.

Armistice Day (Armistice de la Première Guerre Mondiale)

November 11th marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, when the Armistice Agreement was signed between the countries that were at war. Many schools and businesses close to mark this solemn occasion.

If you are visiting the regions of Verdun or the Somme at this time, you may plan to go to a war cemetery. France Just For You can arrange for you to visit key WWI sites with a private guide, who can explain the history and the events that took place. On Armistice Day, war cemeteries will be busier, with families visiting their ancestors’ graves. There will also be special events at key French battlefields.

Get inspired by our World War 1 battlefield tours of Verdun and our Somme Battlefield Tours .

The war graves of WWI French soldiers in the Vosges mountains in eastern France

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Best Places to visit in France in November

Since the weather is often cold and wet in November, and there are fewer tourists than at other times of the year, this is a good time to enjoy Paris’s museums and most popular tourist attractions. 

Take the opportunity to visit the Louvre museum . If you book with France Just For You, we’ll recommend a whistle-stop tour that takes in the most famous pieces, or sections that you tell us you’re interested in. Otherwise, check the Louvre website and plan which exhibitions you want to see beforehand. You can easily spend more than a day visiting the whole museum, and you may prefer to just spend a couple of hours seeing the exhibitions and masterpieces that are most interesting to you. 

Other museums that are worth visiting are:

  • Musée d’Orsay , which used to be a train station - get a photo by the huge glass clock!
  • Centre Pompidou - a museum of contemporary art in an incredible industrial-style building
  • Musée de l’Armée - see weapons and uniforms from French military conflicts - check out Napolean’s tomb
  • Panthéon - an 18th century monument in the Latin Quarter and place of rest for notable French citizens, including Emile Zola, Pierre and Marie Curie and Victor Hugo
  • Musée Marmottan Monet and Musée de l'Orangerie - where you can see some of his famous water lily paintings.

Since November is outside of peak season in France, it’s also a good time to go up the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe , when there are fewer visitors. Just remember to bring a warm coat - it can get very cold and windy at the top!

See our self-guided tours of France that include Paris .

The South of France

It will probably be too cold to really enjoy the beach in the south of France. However, sunny weather and warmer temperatures mean that it will still be a nice time to explore the cities, as well as the hilltop villages. You may still catch some of the pretty fall colors, as fall tends to start a bit later in Provence and the French Riviera. 

Some of our favorite villages and towns include Mougins, Gordes and Menton .

If you’re visiting the French Riviera , be sure to visit the most famous art museums. We love the Chagall Museum in Nice and the Picasso Museum in Antibes. There are also plenty of high-end boutiques and restaurants, if you want to experience some of the glamor of this region.

You may be interested in this self-drive tour of the south of France .

Lyon is well-known for its exceptional gastronomy. On a chilly day, warm up with a delicious coq au vin , try the city’s famous sausage, the rosette de Lyon, and wash it down with your preferred glass of wine - perhaps one from the Northern Rhône Valley.

For the best views over Lyon, climb up the Colline de Fourvière . Upon this hill is the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière , with an extravagant interior and a Museum of Sacred Art , which are worth a look. You may also like to visit the Roman ruins nearby, which mark the first Roman settlement in Lyon. You can see other Roman artefacts at the nearby Gallo-Roman museum .

The Museum of Fine Arts , located in a 17th century abbey, is also well worth a visit. You can admire masterpieces by the greats, including Picasso, Caneletto, Degas, Cézanne and Renoir. There's also an exhibition of hundreds of artefacts from Ancient Egypt, including the gates to the Temple of Medamud, dating back to the 3rd century BC.

You will be able to experience the best of Lyon and eastern France on one of our Lyon tours .

If you're in France in late November, you can soak up the Christmas spirit in Alsace! This region is known for having the best Christmas markets in France . In Colmar, there are five separate market areas and nearly 200 stalls. The atmosphere is like a fairy tale, with lights, decorations and the aromas of mulled wine. You'll be able to enjoy daily concerts and other events, and there's an ice rink.

The towns of Colmar and Strasbourg get extremely busy as we head into the Christmas period. Most of the hotels and accommodations get booked up a year in advance. If you'd like to escape these busy areas and explore some smaller Alsatian towns off the beaten track, we love Turckheim (famous for its Advent calendar), Hunawihr , Eguisheim and Riquewihr (busy but worth the detour). Keep in mind that you'll need to drive to these towns.

If you're traveling too early for the Christmas markets, Alsace is still worth visiting. The medieval town of Colmar has stunning Renaissance architecture, and you won't be able to put your camera away in the gorgeous Little Venice neighborhood.

Explore the beautiful region of Alsace when you book one of our Alsace tours .

Colmar, Alsace at Christmas

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Best Things to do in France in November

As well as the activities we suggest in the places above, here are some other experiences you can enjoy in France in the month of November.

Experience the Christmas spirit in France

As we mentioned above, if you're in France in late November, you'll be able to experience the Christmas season in France, as the Christmas lights will be up and some of the Christmas markets will be open. 

We particularly like the Christmas spirit in Avignon, Provence (especially for the Nativity scenes); Amiens, the Somme (for its music and light show at the city’s cathedral every evening of the Christmas market); Reims, Champagne (enjoy a glass of Champagne on the Big Wheel!), and Colmar (a fairytale come alive). The atmosphere in Paris is also nice - be sure to visit the Galeries Lafayette. The decorations are beautiful and they always have a very special Christmas tree.

Hunt for Winter Truffles

The gourmets among you shouldn't miss the opportunity to hunt the elusive black winter truffle. Black winter truffles are mostly found in the Périgord, in the Dordogne region of France . They are more aromatic than summer truffles and are harvested from November to March, peaking in January. If you’ll be visiting France in the winter, we would be happy to include a truffle hunt in one of our tours of Dordogne or Provence. We know the truffle hunters we work with personally and know you’ll have an unforgettable experience with them.

You may also like to read this blog post, where we mention a few of our favorite truffle hunting experiences in France .

Or you can browse our Dordogne self-drive tours .

Hike to the Castles of the Cathar

South of the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne in southwestern France is what feels like a country of castles. Dating back to the Cathars, who occupied this area between the 11th and 13th centuries, many of these fortresses can be difficult to reach - so bring your hiking shoes! The Cathars were finally vanquished by the Albigensian crusades, led by the notoriously brutal Simon de Montfort.

The Château de Quéribus is what you might call the last bastion of Cathar resistance. Spectacularly located on a ridge above a sheer-drop cliff, with the village of Cucugnan below, it marked the French-Spanish border until the 17th century.

If you visit, you can enjoy fantastic views across to Canigou and Perpignan , including the last of the fall colors.

You will be able to visit the castles of the Cathar country on one of our Carcassonne tours .

Visit the Cité International de la Gastronomie et du Vin in Dijon 

The International City of Gastronomy and Wine opened in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy , in May 2022. There’s a wide selection of top restaurants offering fine cuisine and counters serving smaller traditional dishes. Then there’s the gastronomic village. Part exhibition, part market, you'll find food and drink producers from all over France demonstrating, talking and cooking.

Wine-lovers will love the bar at the Cité - with 3,000 bottles of wine from across fine and 250 of those sold by the glass, you can buy a charge card and help yourself! Glasses cost from a few euros to… a whole lot more!

We invite you to take a look at our sample tours of Burgundy - all completely customizable to your preferences!

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FAQ about traveling to France in November

How hot is france in november.

Nowhere in France will have hot weather in November, though the highest temperatures will be in the south, where it may reach the mid teens °C, or around 60°F. You can get more details on the temperatures in each French region on our FAQ about the French weather.

Where is the warmest in France in November?

The warmest regions of France in October are in the south - Provence, the French Riviera and Languedoc-Roussillon.

Is November a good month to visit France?

November is not the best month to visit France, because in much of France the weather is cold and wet. But if it’s the only time you can travel, you’ll be able to enjoy the last of the fall colors in early November, the beginning of the Christmas season in late November, and the museums and other indoor attractions with smaller tourist crowds than at other times of the year. 

If you prefer a warmer climate, consider coming earlier in the fall or in late spring/early summer. Contact us if you need any advice and we’ll get back to you!  You can browse our sample self-drive tours of France here - remember that all our tours are customizable according to your preferences.

We hope we have given you some ideas for your next trip to France, and inspired you to come on a custom self-drive tour of France with France Just For You! You may browse our sample tours of France or reach out to trip planners, Emilie and Laura , with any questions you may have.

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November is a cold month in France having shorter days however it’s a good time for travelers because of various festivals taking place during this period here. As nature is full of fall colors and the countryside is brightened up with crowded city parks, it is an ideal time to stay out despite the cold weather as the festivities invite you to explore the city and do some sightseeing. If you are visiting France in November , you will get to see its vibrant colors like never before. Here we are going to discuss the reasons why you should consider visiting this beautiful country during the month of November.

Weather In November

Weather In November in France

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Weather in France is mixed during November, while the south of France can be still warm, in other regions of North France like Paris, the weather might be cold and rainy. In addition to falling temperature, the weather can be rainy, and you could expect some precipitation and rain showers which is common during this month here. Snow is unlikely, though unless you are travelling to other high-altitude places like the Alps or for some skiing events.

Things To Do In France In November

Here is a list of the things that you can experience in November that will lift your spirits like never before. Take a look and note these down for your next escapade!

1. Eiffel Tower Tour And Summit Access By Elevator

Eiffel Tower View

The Eiffel tower is one of the dream destinations which you cannot miss while you are here in France. If you don’t have all day, then you can also buy skip the line tickets to this monument, but the visit is a must. Through these tickets, you can gain access to priority access to the tower. You can soak into the marvel of this monument. You don’t even require a guide to help you explore the Eiffel tower as you get a map and an audio guide with your ticket. There is a Champagne bar on the stairs of this tower where you can enjoy the lights of the city.

Location: Paris Timing: 8 am to 5 pm Entry Fees: $78

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2. Versailles Palace Entrance Ticket And Breakfast At Ore Restaurant

Versailles Palace Entrance

This is one of the main attractions of France. You can access the palace, the gardens and the Trianon’ through an independent entrance if you have bought the skip the line tickets available with various vendors here. While you are here, you don’t even have to worry about your taste palette. There is a restaurant right inside the palace which you can explore with the palace.

Location: Versailles, France Timing: 8 am to 5 pm Entry Fees: $48

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3. Disneyland In Paris

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What is a holiday if you don’t visit the Disneyland of that place? And what better when you get to explore two exotic parks on the price of one ticket. The parks comprise of Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios. You can have a thrilling experience in the Space Mountains, which is an adventure for the whole family. Also, explore the magical land of Walt Disney movies and learn how these characters perform their stunts.

Location: Paris Timing: 8 am to 5 pm Entry Fees: $58

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4. Louvre Museum Independent Audio Guided Tour

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This guided tour will take you from ancient Greece to the Renaissance to Louvre, which was a palace in the past. You can witness various cultures and their immersions during this tour. This also includes a guided audio tour with a map of the palace and now turned into a museum. You can click pictures with Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa or pose around “Venus de Milo sculpture. The routes suggestions through audio guide help you explore the place easily and that too on your own.

Location: Paris Timing: 8 am to 5 pm Entry Fees: $48

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Festivals In November

If it’s raining during your visit, there are various famous museums in Paris that you could visit while remaining indoors. In other cities visiting some of the best coffee shops and sipping some of the best-brewed coffee would be the best thing to do while it’s raining outside. Also, there are many festivals in France during this period.

1. Armistice Day

Armistice Day

This day is celebrated in every nook of France, it embarks the end of world war I and November 11th is a public holiday when this celebration is going on. So, almost all museums and other attractions are closed.

Date: 11th November

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2. The Hospices De Beaune Wine Auction

Wine Auction

For three fine days, you can enjoy the sale of wine in Beaune, Burgundy. This particular tradition has been around for decades. The first time it was held in 1859, the year, the wines produced by Hospices were auctioned. The auction was held by two candle lights that were lighted during the starting of the sale. The final sale was given to the person who bid the last before the candles burned out.

Date: November

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3. Beaujolais Nouveau Festivals

Beaujolais Nouveau Festivals

Beaujolais nouveau is a type of special wine that is produced by Gamay grape. This festival takes place at the stroke of midnight on every third of Thursday of November month. This wine is supposed to be drunk young and chilled.

Date: Every third of Thursday

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4. Toulouse Fine Art And Antiques Fair

Toulouse Fine Art And Antiques Fair

During this fair, we witness around 300 dealers who set up their market with various arts and antiques for the collectors. This event takes place in the first half of November. The markets are crowded with experienced collectors from across the globe. This market is also held every month, but not on such a grand scale.

Date: First half of November

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5. Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets in France

Holiday markets are held all over France in due preparation of the Holiday season and upcoming Christmas. You can witness colorful stalls lined up in the boulevards and streets. The markets are full of excitement for upcoming festivals. Even in small villages you can find these local markets all lined up for the upcoming annual celebration in December.

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Tips For Visiting France In November

While you travel to France in November, you must plan your holidays around these tips.

  • November is not a preferred season by tourists. Hence, most travelers travel due to various deals on flight booking of hotels during this period.
  • It’s not a dull month in France due to various festivals and events taking place. Just the regular travelers avoid travelling during this month due to cold weather.
  • Due to the annual December festival, you can explore the Christmas markets, which are held almost everywhere. This also gives you a reason to walk down the warm and cozy markets while the temperature is dipping. This is one of the main highlights of travelling to France in November. Due to cold weather, people love to eat roasted chestnuts and cherish hot wine. Many stalls can be seen across the cities and towns where you can buy hot roasting chestnuts. This is one thing you should not miss when you are here.
  • The temperature is nice in Bordeaux and Paris during this month and hence it’s the perfect time to go and explore the country during this period. You will be able to easily walk all day and enjoy the sights. Also, there are tons of cultural events held in France during this period. You can cover all the events held in France during this period. Some of them are quite noteworthy like Armistice which is celebrated on the 11th of November.

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So, these are the reasons for visiting France in November. Aren’t you excited enough? Well, we bet you won’t be disappointed as it has a lot to offer. Whether you are traveling with family or friends, you will experience ultimate enjoyment. So, don’t think further and plan a France holiday this November!

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Frequently Asked Questions About France In November

Which currency is most prevalent in France?

Euro is the currency for France, which is used in almost every city there.

Why is there so much police all the time on the streets?

A country is a place of riots and revolutions, hence there is always police seen on the street as they are afraid of trouble and riots in France, especially in Paris.

What is a prevalent language in France, do they speak English?

Well, it’s good to carry a French guide with you as sometimes it becomes difficult to converse with people even in English.

How is the weather in France in November?

The only trouble you can see is with rains and precipitation during this month. Otherwise, the temperature is mild enough for people to travel in this country during November.

What are special highlights not to miss during November?

There are very many festivals in France in November and Christmas markets light up in the last week of November.

What’s so peculiar about traveling to France in November?

During November it’s off-season in France so you can avail of great discounts on your flights and hotels and spend that money on tasting great festive food here.

Where to get the best wine in France?

This is a season of many wine festivals; you can easily locate some of the best wines in festivals like Beaujolais Nouveau Festivals. This is perfect weather to chop on chestnuts and taste some wine.

What is one thing we should keep in mind during our visit to France during November?

That is November 1st and November 11th is a public holiday in France and most of the places are closed during this celebration. You might rather like to roam around the city and taste some good coffee in one of the bistros.

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10 Destinations Ideas for a November Vacation in France

France has plenty of places to visit in November. Some events only occur during that period, so it is the perfect moment to make the most of it. In this article, I’ll walk you through the best places to go to in November. Here we go!

Le Tréport

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The traditional Herring Festivals in Normandy are a must-attend event. They celebrate the fish arrival on the Normandy coasts, and on that occasion, various activities are organized. Called harengades , these festivals take place in several coastal cities.

The Herring Festival of Le Tréport takes place at the beginning of November. The restaurants set their grills up in front of their establishment and sell kippers to the amazed passerbys. Smoked or not, herring always steals the show during the festival.

Take advantage of the festivities to take a stroll in the quartier des Cordiers , and climb on the port funicular. By way of an after-dinner walk, the GR21 will make do. Indeed, the trail passes alongside the Alabaster Coast and Le Tréport is located right there.

On the third weekend of November, it’s the turn of Dieppe to organize its Herring and Scallop Festival . The celebration is in full swing thanks to the numerous street performances, local products markets and other activities for children. Being November’s flagship event, the Dieppe festival is worth the journey.

The season of harengades ends with the Fécamp festival which takes place at the end of the month. Before or after having lunch, you can take the time to visit the city. To keep up with the theme, you may want to explore the musée des pêcheries to know more about the local economy.

Moreover, Fécamp has many beautiful historical buildings like the ducal palace , or the Benedictine palace that will really blow your mind. Finally, the WWII enthusiasts will love the bunker that once hosted a radar station on the Cap Fagnet.

Annecy

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If you’re thinking about going to the Annecy area in the course of November, don’t hesitate. Indeed, each year, on the second Saturday of the month, the Hog Festival takes place in the city.

Annecy sets many events up for the occasion, in particular the surprising hog holler competition…which will make you laugh. Aside from this, you’ll be able to taste some of the delicious local specialties, such as the génépi liqueur and the rissoles .

There’s also another festival happening in November in Annecy: the Apple and Honey Festival. On the first Saturday of the month. Located in the quartier de Novel , this event puts the region’s typical products under spotlight, like the bidoyon and Savoie apples.

Annecy is also famous for its lake, around which you can go on wonderful hikes. With the help of the ViAnnecy app, download the pedestrian routes, and answer some quizzes while looking at photos or videos.

If you wish to discover the city in more detail, choose a private visit of the historical center during which you’ll cross the Lovers Bridge. Finally, don’t hesitate to enter the castle of Annecy .

Paris Shows

Salon du chocolat

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The month of November is when many shows and fairs take place in Paris.

The food lovers will absolutely be delighted to go to the Paris Chocolate Show that takes place over 5 days. It is the perfect opportunity to taste the delicious chocolates made by famous artisans or have a look at the technique of the greatest chocolatiers.

Live demonstrations, fashion shows and chocolate sculptures will await you. During the show, different national and international contests take place, like the  international French pastry cupor the Sugar arts world event.

As for the horse lovers, they should rather go to the Paris Horse Show where horse sports are brought to light. You can meet the Republican Guard and see the French Federation for Equestrian Sports train. Moreover, children can even ride a pony for the first time.

Finally, several international contests take place during the show, like the masters de voltige or the championnat du monde du cheval arabe (Arab pure-blood horse world championship).

The Beaujolais

Beaujolais county

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In France, November goes alongside beaujolais nouveau , which is a type of wine that is only sold during that time period. So what’s better than visiting the Beaujolais region for your vacation?

The Beaujolais Days are a five-day festival that occurs in all the Rhône department and starts on the third Thursday of November. Wine enthusiasts attend the event for the warm atmosphere that comes out of it. They can also discover and taste the Beaujolais cuvée of the year.

In Beaujeu, the Sarmentelles are one of the must-go festivities. The village hosts shows, concerts, theme parties as well as local products tastings. You’ll even have the possibility to visit Beaujeu in a tourist train.

The festival also takes place in Lyon, with Beaujol’en Scène that is organized by the Jeunes Agriculteurs du Rhône . The program includes concerts and Beaujolais tasting in a wild atmosphere.

If you want to deepen your knowledge about the region, go to Villefranche-sur-Saône to visit the museum of conscripts or the Paul-Dini museum .

Montier-en-Der

Montier-en-der

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Nature lovers will be delighted to hear about the Nature and Animal Photos International Festival that takes place in November.

The event gathers 15 exhibition sites in 6 municipalities and 100 exhibitions in which there are more than 2,000 photographs. For 4 days, you’ll be lucky enough to meet the photographers, participate in conferences and discussions on various topics in relation to nature.

The festival will also enable you to raise your awareness about the environment and the sustainable development among children. An international wildlife photo contest is even organized.

In order to make the most of Montier-en-Der, take a walk around the cast-iron sculptures and fountains park. You can also have a look at the national stud farm created by Napoleon in the 19th century. Finally, the Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul abbatial church as well as the numerous gardens of the town are also worth the journey.

For those who’d like to move around, the Nigloland amusement park is located in the next-door town, Dolancourt. If you wish to stay on the topic of nature, the lac du Der , in Giffaumont-Champaubert, is not far either. However, by going further away, you can admire the three artificial lakes of the Orient Forest Regional National Park .

Palace of the dukes of Burgundy

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In November, Dijon hosts France’s fifth most famous international fair. For that reason, I recommend that you walk around the alleys of the Dijon Gastronomic and International Fair .

During ten days or so, you’ll be able to attend sales demonstrations of every kind. Between the amateur and professional culinary contests, and the exceptional meals cooked by the best students and placed on Lucullus’ table, you won’t know which way to go. Moreover, you’ll be able to see chefs making meals from scratch right in front of your eyes.

Take advantage of the Dijon fair to discover the Wine and Gastronomy International City which opened in May 2022. Dedicated to fine food, the palace overflows with bookshops, cooking workshops, and restaurants. Everything was designed for you to stay!

For those who like history, the palace of the dukes of Burgundy is the ideal monument. Finally, if you wish to go around the countryside in an unusual way, choose the t our in the Côte de Nuits , in a Volkswagen’s bus .

The Loir-et-Cher

Chaumont-sur-loire

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From April to the beginning of November, the International Garden Festival takes place in Chaumont-sur-Loire. Enjoy the festival’s latest days to stroll in the gorgeous gardens of the castle and the Goualoup meadows that spread over 10 hectares.

Each year, a new theme is chosen and the artists let their imagination run wild. As you wander you may come across the jardin de la réciprocité , the jardin idéal , or the jardin des nymphes where you’ll discover the talent of floral artists.

If you feel like it, don’t hesitate to visit the castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire and sail on the river .

Besides, the city of Blois is only a few minutes away from Chaumont, so there’s nothing preventing you from going. The castle of Blois as well as the Maison de la magie Robert-Houdin are awaiting you.

The Mayenne

Caves of Saulges

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The Mayenne is a department that is very often neglected when it comes to spending a vacation there. Nevertheless, plenty of interesting activities are available.

Indeed, the Gallo-Roman city of Jublains has an archaeology museum that hosts a market on the first Sunday of November. During the “ Marché au musée ”, beekeepers, herbalists, and potters sell their products. It’s a great way to discover the local craftspeople as well as the museum.

A twenty-minute drive from Jublains is the town of Mayenne. There, you can visit the museum of the castle of Mayenne , thanks to which you will know more about the history of the town. There also is a contemporary art center in the chapelle des calvairiennes that is worth going to.

If it rains, drive to Saulges and its caves , where you can escape from the bad weather and discover the prehistory museum. You’ll have access to several caves, such as the Margot cave, the Rochefort cave or the René-Paul cave.

Saumur

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Despite what people say, the Anjou is a great region to go on a holiday: let me explain why.

First, the town of Doué-en-Anjou is home to huge caves that are called Le Mystère des Faluns . In there, we can find shelly sand which used to recover the entire Anjou territory 10 millions years ago.

This underground troglodytic heritage is brought to light thanks to a luminous and poetic scenography. It’s also the best place to seek refuge from the rain!

Then, you can also take the opportunity to discover Saumur, in particular by choosing a guided visit of the city that is centered on art and heritage.

If you enjoy horse riding, attend the mornings of the Cadre Noir of Saumur which occur over the course of November. The members of this elite school will explain their work with young horses.

Finally, the Ackerman House offers fun activities to discover the wines from the Loire valley, like blind tastings or flavor games. In addition to that, you can freely visit the troglodytic caves of the house.

The Combrailles

Les Combrailles

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A natural region located in the Massif Central, the Combrailles are perfect for those who love hiking.

The meander of Queuille is a true gem that will delight nature lovers. Not far from there, the Sioule gorges showcase a fabulous view. Pro cyclists will be able to go along them wholeheartedly.

The less athletic can still enjoy a ride in an electric rail bike on the viaduc des Fades which starts in the Ancizes station.

In order to bring a touch of history to your stay, visit the Manoir de Veygoux – open until the beginning of November – to experience the French Revolution. Put the period costumes on to fully connect with the historical figures of that time. Many activities are organized in the manor, like scavenger hunts and investigation games. Your children will love them!

Finally, discover the rocks carved by the sculptor Rufino Alvarez in Sainte-Hilaire-la-Croix. His sculptures are imbued with the values of tolerance and respect the artist wanted to convey. They definitely won’t leave you indifferent.

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I aim to share my tips and recommendations for the beautiful country of France. My goal is to help you plan your next adventure, whether it’s a weekend getaway or a once-in-a-lifetime trip. From finding the best hotels and restaurants, to discovering unique activities and sights, I’ve got you covered!

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November in France: Weather, Travel, and Events

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France in November may be rather grey and gloomy but that is no reason not to visit. With the Christmas lights going up, plenty of beaujolais nouveau being served, and the local museums free from the crowds, November can be a wonderful time to to France.

The leaves are on the ground and with clocks about to change hour, there are fewer tourists and the days are quite short. However, for most people, November is a great time to visit France to take advantage of the deals and last minute vacation offers, and also enjoy the beautiful cultural monuments in the off season.

So much so that there are even a couple of public holidays in France in November, letting the locals like myself go in to stay-cation mode as well. So let’s check out the top travel tips for visiting France in November, shall we? Allons-y!

As I mentioned, it is rather rainy and cloudy in november with risk of orages (storms) up and down the country. Average temperatures in November in major cities across France are:

  • Paris – 7.9 °C (46.2 °F)
  • Lyon – 7.4 °C (45.3 °F)
  • Marseille – 11.4 °C (52.6 °F)
  • Bordeaux – 10 °C (49.9 °F)
  • Lille – 7.7 °C (45.9 °F)
  • Strasbourg – 6.4 °C (43.6 °F)
  • Deauville – 8.8 °C (47.9 °F)

France map with main cities, Paris, Deauville, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lille, Strasbourg, Amboise and Alps

Where to go

If you are in Paris, this is a wonderful time to check out the city’s major museums like the Louvre, along with sights like the Eiffel Tower and Palais de Versailles which will have significantly fewer lines and visitors than in the busy summer months.

If you go to places like Disneyland Paris and Parc Asterix however, you should avoid the November public holidays and school holidays, as those theme parks will be packed.

Provence and the French Riviera are also great destinations as always, but I should note that it will be cold and windy in the south of France as well. It is the off-season for many small villages around Provence and reduced hours and quiet streets are the norm.

Towns like Saint-Tropez on the Mediterranean coast however, many small races and events to attract visitors in the off-season.

If you enjoy wine-tasting, you may want to head to Reims in the Champagne region and places like Bordeaux and Beaujolais for the current year’s harvest.

If you enjoy skiing, some of the top ski resorts like Val Thorens in the Alps will already have their chairlifts running, although this can change from year to year and week to week, depending on meteoric conditions.

November Holidays, Events, and Festivals

France’s fall holidays for schools usually include the last week of October and the 1st week of November, so tourist destinations like Deauville, Provence will be quite busy. The main festivities and holidays in November include:

1. La Toussaint – All Saints’ Day

  • Public Holiday in France: Yes
  • When: November 1st

Halloween on October 31st may not be celebrated in France, but its historical cousin All Saint’s day on November 1st is.

Known as  La Toussaint , it is an occasion to remember the dead.  In France, chrysanthemum flowers  are laid on gravestones of the dearly departed. This is a public holiday nationwide, so many shops and restaurants will be closed.

arc de triomphe with french flag on November 11

2. Jour anniversaire de l’Armistice – Armistice Day

  • When: November 11th

The anniversary of the end of the First World War is marked with solemnity here in France. Having been invaded in both WWI and WWII, the day is a national holiday with remembrance services being held on the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées .

Beaujolais wine in France in November

3. Jour de Beaujolais Nouveau – Beaujolais Nouveau day

  • Public Holiday in France: No
  • When: 3rd Thursday of November

If you have been in Paris on the 3rd Thursday of November , you will have seen the signs announcing that the “ Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! ” (meaning “the Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived”). One of the quirkier French celebrations, this one is all about the wine harvest.

The Beaujolais Nouveau is a young wine that doesn’t need to be aged, so local vineyards would race to press their grapes into wine and rush it up to Paris to be the 1st. A marketing strategy but one that worked, because Beaujolais Nouveau is now celebrated in many other cities like London and New York as well.

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4. Fetes des Vins de Chablis

The village of chablis in the Bourgogne (Burgundy) has its annual festival to celebrate the chablis wine harvest in November. The chablis is a white wine made from the Chardonnay grape.

Local producers gather in the heart of the village to offer tastings and enter their wines in local competitions under a festive atmosphere.

5. Fête du Hareng in Normandy

If you like fish, several towns in Normandy like Dieppe, Fécamp, Tréport, and Saint-Valéry-en-Caux celebrate the Fête du Hareng (Herring festival) every November.

Considered the “King of Fish”, seafood is a big part of the culture and economy in Normandy. As the French history lesson goes, it was 1429 during the 100 year war. The city of Orleans was under attack and besieged by the English. Somehow, the French managed to cut off the food supply wagons of herring destined for the invading English, and after a famous battle, managed to liberate the city. All because of the herring.

You can taste it in all its forms during the festival, but the classic version is herring marinated and grilled, with a little lemon or white wine.

6. Festival de la Soie (Silk Festival) in Lyon

The city of Lyon used to be known for its silk industry, and this savoir faire is still celebrated with Festival de la Soie every November. Local exhibitors will present original and modern designs demonstrating their craftmanship and creativity.

The show attracts professionals and amateurs who wish to participate in demonstrations and learn about these age-old techniques.

7. Salon du Cheval de Paris

Salon du Cheval de Paris (Paris Horse Show) is an annual event dedicated to horses and riding with over 450 exhibitors and 2,000 horses. The event occurs each November, gathering around 150,000 visitors over ten days.

What to Pack

France in November can vary between humid and cold in the evenings, to bouts of sunshine during the day. It does get chilly and windy so dress warmly.

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  • Cross-body handbag

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November Is the Best Time to Travel to Paris. Here's Why.

Lower airfares, shorter lines, and beautiful Christmas markets are just a few of the draws to Paris in November.

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As the leaves change and people swap their decorative gourds for twinkle lights, many travelers around the world are looking for a place to visit at the end of fall.

Though the old Cole Porter song "I Love Paris" points out that the French capital has its charms with each season, autumnal traditions and smaller crowds make November the perfect time to visit the City of Light.

Airfares are typically lower than usual, according to tourism industry professionals, so a few days in Paris won't have to break the bank. Each year, November tends to be one of the city's calmer moments, as it sits between the throngs of August arrivals and the crush of Christmas tourists.

Visitors won't have to spend an hour to get into the Musée Rodin or the Louvre, and the lull can give travelers the chance to experience Paris as the Parisians do. With the heat lamps turned on, café-goers can enjoy a "vin chaud" (mulled wine) or "grog" (hot lemon rum tea) on terraces across the city.

While the crisp air doesn't have quite as much bite as it does in New England, the trees that line the Champs Elysées and other boulevards throughout Paris shine with red, orange, and yellow leaves. Free merry-go-rounds and ice-skating rinks dot the Champs-Elysées and the area near Hôtel de Ville.

Alongside old traditions, Parisian authorities want visiting the Ile-de-France region, which includes Paris, to be as easy as possible. Multi-lingual guides offer free (donation-based) walking tours via Paris Greeters , a group of volunteers who are passionate about introducing the City of Light to visitors from a local's perspective.

The Paris region also offers a City Pass that doubles as a metro ticket and allows entry to several popular attractions, in an effort to prevent tourists from carrying large sums of cash throughout the city.

Since the crowds of holiday season travelers may not have yet arrived, visitors to the Paris region in November can still take advantage of many of the festive traditions, as most department stores have already unveiled their gorgeous window displays and decorative lights drape the streets and windowsills.

One must-see tradition is the Christmas markets or "marchés de Noel." Set up throughout Paris, these festive installments allow vendors and craftsmen from throughout the country to sell their artisan products. It's the perfect place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, including everything from Savon de Marseille and sachets of lavender from Provence to salted caramels and gingerbread.

Other seasonal delights include the autumn festival, which incorporates art, music, and other theater performances, according to the website for the tourism development agency Atout France .

The arrival of the Beaujolais nouveau, which takes place on the third Thursday of November each year, is a citywide tradition. The new red wine vintage is an event that becomes a cause for celebration, with tastings and events throughout the city.

November is a time when Paris and its visitors can take a breath before the chaos of the holiday season ensues. It's a moment to drink Beaujolais and be merry.

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France In November: Your Go-To Guide!

France is one of the most romantic destinations that speak the language of beauty just by its presence. What makes it popular is the Eiffel Tower and its unique culture reflected through music, fashion, art, and architecture. Its vibrant cities, beautiful nature, and gothic cathedrals make it hard to describe the excellence of French life. France is never going short for your vacation, no matter which month of the year you visit. If you plan to visit France in November, that would be the best choice for you to experience the culture, colours, society in the limelight. Read more to find out what makes France attractive in November that could make you fall in love with it even more.

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France In November – What makes it Special?

November is considered the Shoulder Season at times Off-Season in terms of tourist arrival. With slow travel becoming a popular trend among tourists, November is the no rush month in France! And this fact is just here to prove how distinctive your experience will be in November. A month to be a part of french festivals, a month to learn the culture of France, a month to try the local foods at your own pace, and a month for a holistic vacation.

France in November, Eiffel Tower

Starting from unbelievably cheap flight ticket fairs to various cities in France to the peaceful stroll on the streets of Paris , Nice and Bordeaux are possible only during November. You could also get lots and lots of cheap accommodations and offers wherever you go. November is the best time for you to visit France, especially if you want to save money. Further, the queues and lines will be shorter, with no crowds. So there are fewer chances to leave without seeing your favourite attractions.

Also Read: 9 Best Slang Words You Can Use While Visiting France

Weather in France In November

Paris in November

November is the season where autumn ends, and winter slowly sets in. Even though France depicts the entire country, you could expect the variation in the weather based on the region you choose to stay. In general, France is not as cold as other European countries in winter. Paris will show wetness with a fair amount of rain during this season and occasional sunshine. You can feel an average temperature between 3 o C to 8 o C.

Whereas in South France and Central the weather will be warmer with crisp sunshine that reveals the colour of fall in the countrysides. Meanwhile, if you visit the alps, you could enjoy some snow. This weather is the main reason that November in France is the best time for some of the most intriguing activities and experiences.

Things To Do In France in November

In France, there are always way more things for you to do. Peak or off-season, you have a lot of things to do as a tourist that you can’t get short of the fantasy that France got for you. Now take a look at ways you can enjoy France in November.

1. Sightseeing

Louvre Museum, Things to Do in France in November

In France, November is best than any other season for sightseeing. As the country is going through a transition towards the cold season, visit attractions with an indoor experience. France has one of the best Museums, Art Galleries, and Architectural marvels in the world. In Paris, roam around the boulevards and check out the Louvre Museum to see the world-renowned painting of Monalisa. You also have the National Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Arc de Triomphe , Palace of Versailles, Panthéon , and Eiffel Tower without crowed that drag you around. Visiting Disneyland in Paris is also a must-do during your November trip. Next, visit the Burgandy region, a sanctuary of Gothic art and history. Make sure to visit the oldest museum, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon and the Dijon Cathedral .

Also Read: Castles in France

2. Enjoy The French Cuisine

French Cuisine, Things to Do in France in November

Unlike the busy days of the peak season, you could savour the taste of the French Cusine in peace. The French Gastronomy has a name for its flavours, culinary techniques, culture, and history. It has some dishes with dynamic taste such as Coq au Vin, Espagnole and Bouillabaisse .

France’s gastronomy is considered UNESCO’s intangible cultural asset! After knowing all this, you should take a food tour around the country to enjoy the local and traditional food. Go for some short cooking classes and baking classes to make macarons. Go to Normandy, get a taste of the Camembert cheese!

France is also famous for its wines and champagne! Go for wine tasting! Try some of the most exquisite liqueur “ Guignolet “.

Also Read: 10 Must-Try Regional French Dishes

3. Be A Part Of Festivals And Events Of France

Grand Palais Paris Photo Event,Things To Do In France in November

In November you can take part in lots of Events and Festivals which are special occasions for the France people. Taking part in these festivals will give you a chance to become one with their culture. One of the most popular festivals is the Beaujolais Nouveau (Festival of New Wine). This festival happens on the third Thursday of the month. This grape harvest festival reflects their love for wine, where they celebrate it with parties. Don’t forget to visit Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction and Dijon Gastronomic Fair .

One of the most popular photography events in France happens in November.  Paris Photo  takes place at the Grand Palais, Paris. You could get to see the crowd filled with photographers, buyers, and visitors all around the world gathering at the rooftop of the venue.

Visit “ Toulouse Fine Art and Antique Fair “, which showcases unique collections of arts. If you are a fan of Classical Music, you’ve got a jackpot! You could enjoy the C’est pas Classique classical music fest which happens three days in Nice .

4. Strolling In Shores And Villages

Strolling In Shores And Villages, Things To Do In France in November

In November, Nice and Bordeaux and some of the regions in southern France have the ideal weather for strolling through the shores and water edges. In Southern France, the traces of autumn still exist in this month that makes the village bright and colourful with soothing views. Cather Footpath is another top spot where you can walk through the dramatic view combined with Also, visit Côtes de Nuit and stroll around this famous vineyard.

Also Read: Top 10 Beautiful Places In France

5. Shopping From The Finest Of France

Christmas market, Things To Do In France in November

When you visit France, your trip becomes complete only after a shopping spree. It is home to various luxury brands. As November is close to the Christmas season, you could enjoy the time in the most awaited holiday season of the country in the Christmas Market at Champs Elysees . The entire country will show the spirit of Christmas. This view is so cheerful that you can’t get it at the peak season. Visit all the stalls and shops and bag the best to present to your family and friends.

Tips For Your Trip To France In November

  • As there are chances for frequent rain showers this month, carry an umbrella, waterproof shoes and coats with you.
  • Also, don’t forget to pack some woollen and thermal clothes, scarves and gloves to keep you warm along the trip.
  • While visiting the south you might also need some breathable clothes. So mix them all.
  • All Saints Day and Armistice Day are National holidays. So remember that almost all the restaurants, museums and galleries will be closed. So plan to spend those days comfortably.

France is a country which is most loved around the world. It has so many stories to share, secrets to reveal, and the culture that you can experience. Now that you know how much November paints the picture for France and how you can get the most of your vacation, it’s your call to start the planning. Check out the pre-designed France tour package or France honeymoon package at Pickyourtrail.com or try to customize your France itinerary for this November.

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to lower tourist activity, some hotels and accommodations may offer off-season discounts or packages in November.

Spa retreats and thermal baths in regions such as Provence and Aquitaine provide relaxation and rejuvenation, which is ideal for the cooler November weather.

Snowfall is possible in higher altitude regions such as the French Alps and Pyrenees in November, especially towards the end of the month.

While the weather may be cooler, many parks and gardens, particularly in cities such as Paris, remain open and provide stunning autumnal scenery.

Regions such as Normandy, the Loire Valley, and the Ardennes have stunning autumn foliage, making them ideal for nature lovers during this season.

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France in November: Fall weather, Festivals and More

Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III bridge in the fall in France in November.

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Despite shorter days and cooler temperatures, November is still a great month to discover France . This is when the last few days of fall add color to trees and the mood turns festive with several cultural events taking place. However, along with leaves turning red, November is also when there is a drop in the number of travelers visiting France, which means you will not have to battle the crowds outside the Louvre or on the streets of Bordeaux.

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France Weather in November

Fall weather in the streets in Tuileries garden, Paris, Italy

The weather in France in November is typical of western Europe, although the French Riviera and Provence tend to be slightly warmer. This means that you should be prepared for both cold temperatures and showers of rain. Temperatures in Paris range from 2 to 8°C, while those in Nice and Lyon can hit 10 to 13°C. The sky tends to stay overcast for much of the month, so do not expect too many sunny days while in the country at this time. However, it is very unlikely that you will encounter any snow, unless you are traveling to the highest peaks of the Alps or the Pyrenees.

For a seasonal overview, read our travel article on the best time to visit France .

Weather in France in November - Rainfall and Temperatures

Why visit france in november.

The view of the natural lake and landscapes of the French Pyrenees

Although it tends to be that summer months are most closely linked to trips to the republic, France in November has several advantages and events to look out for. Here are our top reasons for visiting France at this time of year:

  • Fall color: Usually peaking towards the end of October, the parks and tree-lined avenues of cities across the country are swathed in red in the early days of November as well, making travelers pause for a moment and take pictures.
  • Cultural events: France’s November calendar is filled with one-off events demonstrating the very best of its culture, from Armistice Day to the release of the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau.
  • Christmas markets: Although Christmas is still a month away, the end of November in France marks the start of the Christmas period, turning seasonal attractions from markets to ice rinks into the country’s top sights. Make the most of your stay in the country during this time by visiting Christmas markets.
  • Less crowds: Visiting France in November will see you spending less time in queues, and encountering fewer people inside top museums, since the month falls outside of the top tourist season.

Where to go and what to do

Aerial view of the city of Auch, France

Start with a tour in Paris and a trip to the Louvre. One of the largest galleries in the world, its treasures include the unmissable Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Take advantage of less crowds to summit the Eiffel Tower, before joining the locals to commemorate Armistice Day at Arc de Triomphe. Head to Alsace, whose gingerbread-like buildings are the perfect place to spend a few days as Christmas cheer takes hold, with Colmar and Strasbourg particularly special. Head to France’s Mediterranean coast for some sun. One of France’s most diverse cities, Marseilles has a range of magical attractions, while Cannes offers a glimpse into how the jet-set fill their days. In addition to Paris, art lovers should include Toulouse in their itinerary, since it hosts a huge annual art and antiques fair during this month.

Take a look at our pick of things to do in France and browse through our travel guide to how many days to spend in the country for more inspiration.

Do not let the weather put you off your trip to France in November. With the right wardrobe and planning, you can still enjoy the country’s most famous sights without having to fight for space and also experience some of France’s unique cultural events. Book one of our package tours to France in November or connect with our travel experts in the country for a customized France itinerary.

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The Weather in France in November

It’s not the most ideal weather you’ll ever find. For many regions in France, November can be the rainiest month. So if you’re looking to take a hiking vacation in France, November’s not the time. But if your idea of a French vacation is sitting under an awning at a café, sipping wine and nibbling on yummy things and watching the world go by, or wandering through near-empty museums after a long leisurely lunch, then you’re all about November. >>Read about what to wear in France in the winter >>Read about the weather in France all year ’round

French Holidays in November

November 1 – la toussaint, or all saint’s day.

Halloween is slowly but surely becoming a big deal in France – especially with adults – so on November 1 most French people are sleeping one off. Luckily for them, it’s a major national holiday, so no one has to call out of work. On All Saint’s Day people go to visit their dearly departed in cemeteries across the country. What does that mean for you? Well, it’s a major holiday so everything is closed. Really closed. So if you’re sick of holidays being all about sales at the mall, you’ll love the vibe on November 1. >>Read more about La Toussaint, or All Saint’s Day

November 11 – Armistice de la Première Guerre Mondiale, or Armistice Day

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, chances are you’ll hear church bells ringing in France. Not quite as much is closed on November 11 as November 1, but it’s still a major holiday so you’ll need to check ahead to see if a particular place you want to see will be open. And if you scope out the WWI memorial in whatever town you’re in, you can see a wreath placement ceremony or other memorable events marking this day. >>In the Dijon region around November 11? Get on your eatin’ pants and check out the Dijon International Gastronomy Fair .

Third Thursday in November – Beaujolais Nouveau

Now this – this is a holiday. Here’s the basic rundown: Beaujolais Nouveau is the year’s “new wine,” which means it’s meant to be drunk ASAP. And the French are on it – starting at midnight on Thursday the entire country pops the corks on the freshly delivered bottles amid concerts, feasts and a general air of celebration in every nook and cranny in France. Stores and offices are open… but I can’t say I’ve ever seen a lot of work get done on that day. I know. I’ll pause here while you go book your tickets. >>Read more about Beaujolais Nouveau Day

Fourth Thursday in November – American Thanksgiving

No, Thanksgiving Day is not celebrated in France. But this is four free days on your calendar to add to your vacation time. Fly out on the previous Wednesday, land on Beaujolais Day, and then you’ve got another whole week before you get to start a new family tradition – with braised duck stuffed with foie gras and a 2003 Hermitage Montrachet. Just saying. >>Read about fall in Provence , because, come on – how awesome would it be to say you spent Thanksgiving in Provence?

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As the autumn leaves gracefully descend, Paris transforms into a city of nuanced beauty and cultural richness. November offers a unique window into the soul of the French capital, a time when the streets take on a certain tranquil elegance.

For those planning a visit during this month, understanding the weather and key public holidays can greatly enhance your experience.

Keep reading and take notes about what to do in Paris in the month of November. Here, you’ll find essential tips, top attractions, and a deeper understanding of what this captivating month has to offer.

The Weather in Paris in November

In November, Paris experiences the transition from autumn to winter. The weather tends to be cool and often damp. 

Average temperatures : Average high temperatures hover around 11°C (51°F), while lows can drop to about 5°C (41°F) in the evenings. 

Rainfall is relatively high , with approximately 15 days of precipitation throughout the month. 

Packing layers, including sweaters, scarves, and a reliable, water-resistant jacket like a trench coat, is advisable. 

Additionally, having an umbrella and waterproof footwear can be beneficial for dealing with occasional showers. 

Despite the cooler and wetter conditions, November in Paris has its own unique charm, with fewer crowds and opportunities to enjoy the city’s indoor attractions, cozy cafes, and seasonal markets.

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Sunlight, What Time is Sunset in Paris in November

In Paris, France, the sunset time in November typically ranges from around 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM local time, gradually getting earlier at the end of the month.

Keep in mind that this is an approximate range, and the actual sunset time may vary slightly depending on your specific location within the city and the date within the month. It’s always a good idea to check a local weather or time app for precise sunset times during your visit.

Me and Fer in front of the Eiffel Tower under clear blue skies during Paris in November

I love Paris; it’s the perfect place you can visit whenever you like. But November is the time of year when autumn is really present, winter is coming, you can see Christmas Decorations, and it’s the perfect time to visit museums and galleries.

You can visit the Louvre Museum or Musée d’Orsay on rainy days with chilly weather. Walk around Tuileries Garden and Luxembourg Gardens on sunny days. I hope you have a good time in Paris and enjoy this city’s best places.

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Explore the Paris Autumn Festival (Festival de l’Automne)

Take a personal journey into art this November by exploring the Paris Autumn Festival (Festival de l’Automne) . Michel Guy , a creative genius, started this festival in 1972 from September to December, and I want to share why November is a great time to enjoy it.

Imagine walking through Paris, all cozy in your warm sweater , as the leaves on the trees turn into bright reds, oranges, and yellows. It’s a time when art and the city come alive, creating memories you won’t forget against the backdrop of autumn’s beauty.

In November, the festival is at its best, offering lots of different types of art. You can watch cool plays, amazing dances, and great concerts at renowned venues such as Théâtre de la Ville, Théâtre du Châtelet , Théâtre de la Bastille, Philharmonie de Paris , Salle Pleyel , and Maison de la Danse .

So, if you’re wondering what to do in Paris in November and you want to connect with art and enjoy the beauty of fall, join the Paris Autumn Festival.

A garden in front of the Eiffel Tower with trees in orange and yellow hues in Paris in November

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Observe La Toussaint

In early November, Paris marks a special day called La Toussaint, a time when we remember and show respect for those who have passed away. La Toussaint, or All Saints’ Day , is observed on November 1st each year , and it holds a special meaning in Paris.

When you visit Paris in early November, you’ll notice that many people visit historic cemeteries like Saint Vincent Cemetery in Montmartre , Cimetière du Calvaire , Montparnasse Cemetery , and the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery .

These places are the final resting spots for famous people like Édith Piaf , Oscar Wilde , and Jim Morrison. The graves and buildings are often decorated with special items , showing love and respect for these important figures.

Chopin tomb at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Visit the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Chopin, and more in a Père Lachaise Cemetery tour.

Participate in the Armistice Day Ceremony in Paris

November in Paris is a time to remember the end of World War I. Here, in France, we have a National Holiday  on November 11th  to remember it.

Armistice Day, known as “Jour de l’Armistice” in French, is a significant event commemorating the end of World War I. Paris holds a poignant Armistice Day ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, a monument that stands as a symbol of French resilience and remembrance.

The ceremony typically begins in the morning, with various dignitaries, including the President of France, laying wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe. This tomb represents the unidentified soldiers who lost their lives during the war.

Military personnel, veterans, and civilians also pay their respects, creating a solemn and respectful atmosphere.

The ceremony is accompanied by the somber strains of bugle calls, and a minute of silence is observed at 11:00 AM to honor the moment when the armistice took effect in 1918. The French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” is often sung, evoking a powerful sense of national unity and pride.

Visitors are welcome to attend this ceremony, but it’s important to be aware of the solemnity of the occasion. Dress respectfully and arrive early to secure a good viewing spot. Additionally, note that security measures may be in place due to the event’s importance.

The ceremony ends with a special moment. They  light the eternal flame near a special tomb  to remember soldiers who couldn’t be identified. It’s a way to say thank you to them.

Taking part in the Armistice Day Ceremony is a special thing to do. It’s a time to think about peace and remember the people who fought for it.

Arch de Triompe, unknown soldier memorial

Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau

When you’re looking for things to do in Paris in November, the city invites you to join a special tradition that wine lovers really enjoy – celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau.

This event turns Paris into a place filled with wine, culture, and friendly gatherings . Let me tell you more about this famous Parisian tradition.

This tradition started a long time ago, in the 19th century. But it wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that a famous wine seller named Georges Duboeuf made it popular all over the world.

Vero (me) red wine glass

As November’s third Thursday gets closer, the city gets ready for this occasion. Here’s what you can do:

  • Try the Wine: Lots of bars and restaurants in Paris will have the new Beaujolais Nouveau wine . It’s known for its fruity taste, and you can enjoy its unique flavors.
  • Special Food: Parisian restaurants make special menus that go perfectly with the wine. You can try some really delicious French food .
  • Street Parties: In some neighborhoods like Montmartre and the Marais , the streets become like big parties. You’ll hear music, see people dancing, and meet friendly folks.
  • Art Shows: Some places have art exhibitions that show off the beautiful labels on the Beaujolais Nouveau bottles . They’re like colorful pieces of art.
  • Local Fun: Some neighborhoods have their own special customs for Beaujolais Nouveau. In some areas, they even deliver the wine on bicycles.

It’s a chance to try great wine, experience French culture, and have a memorable time in the heart of the city. Join in the celebration, and let’s raise a glass to the autumn harvest the Parisian way!

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Indulge at the Salon du Chocolat

If you love chocolates, Salon du Chocolat is one of the best events that you can join in Paris in early November. Chocolate enthusiasts can watch chocolatiers like Jean-Paul Hévin and Patrick Roger form impressive chocolate creations!

Another event to join during the Salon du Chocolat is the Chocolate Fashion Show. Yes, dresses and more creative fashion items are made of chocolate!

The celebration starts in Paris in late October and ends in early November. With the efforts of Sylvie Douce and François Jeantet in 1994, locals and visitors can now enjoy the beauty and chocolate aroma around Paris!

Besides being a bystander, there are several chocolate making workshops that you can join! Practice creating truffles or learn easy chocolate decorations in Le Musée du Chocolat Choco-Story from a chocolatier.

If you love food tours like me, experience pure chocolate bliss with chocolate tastings at the Chocolate Museum Paris or a tour with a mix of pastries and chocolate!

Tip : Before booking a chocolate-tasting tour, make sure to check the allergy warnings. Some may not be suitable for people with nut and gluten allergies.

Embark on a Food Tour in Paris

Your time in Paris is never complete without a food tour in Paris. Although many have said that dining out can be expensive, there are ways to eat on a budget in Paris !

Saveurs de Pains (boulangerie patisserie) signage, one of the best restaurants to visit in November in Paris

One of the ways is to go on a food tour in Paris! Meet locals who will recommend restaurants or go to places like Saint Germain-des-Prés and Le Marais for French food and wine .

But why visit Paris in November? Parisian cafes serve you the best warm and filling dishes perfect for the cold weather, such as the coq au vin and other stews.

Savor Parisian delights in the historic heart of Saint Germain des Prés, guided by locals, and relish artisanal treasures.

Have a Magical Day at Disneyland Paris in November

In November, Disneyland Paris turns into a magical place, and I’m excited to tell you why this month is a great time to go.

Entrance of the pink Disneyland Paris castle under dark clouds in November

It’s a fun place to visit all year. But November is special. The park gets dressed up for Christmas early in the month , and you might see your favorite Disney characters in their enchanting winter outfits.

The best part is Disney’s Enchanted Christmas, which usually starts in the middle of November . Imagine a giant Christmas tree lighting up – it’s like a magical moment.

November is a quieter time to visit. You won’t have to wait long in lines for rides, so you’ll have more time to enjoy the park when you buy your Disneyland pass online !

When visiting Paris in late November, wear a good base layer inside your winter coat. Keep yourself warm while on the Disneyland rides or just walking around the park in the cool November air.

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Christmas Markets Opening

In November, Paris gets ready for Christmas with its cozy and charming Christmas markets. People have loved these markets for a very long time.

Christmas Market in front of the Eiffel Tower during Paris in November

These markets usually start in late November and go on until December . One of the most famous ones is called the Marché de Noël des Champs-Élysées . You can walk along the big street, Champs-Élysées , filled with pretty lights and little shops selling holiday things.

A nice way to stay warm while you explore the markets is by sipping on Vin Chaud , which is hot mulled wine. It’s warm and smells good, perfect for enjoying while you shop for special gifts and handcrafted items.

You can also enjoy yummy treats like roasted chestnuts and tasty crepes . The air is filled with delicious smells. And you can find fancy chocolates, French desserts, and pretty holiday decorations.

When you walk around the market, you’ll see beautifully made ornaments, scarves, and unique gifts. It’s a great place to find something special for the people you care about.

Experience a festive Parisian tour: Try holiday treats, visit Christmas markets, and savor hot-spiced wine!

Explore Museum and Temporary Exhibitions

November in Paris is a great time to explore museums and special art exhibitions. Here’s why it’s a good idea:

Museo Rodin escultura

Famous Paris art museums like the Louvre are open all year, but November is nice because there are fewer people. This means you can see famous paintings , like the Mona Lisa, without too much crowd.

Museo del Louvre, Selfi Vero con la Mona Lisa

Paris also has many special art shows in November. Think of them as special events where you can see paintings by famous artists like Monet and Renoir . Experts choose which paintings to show, making it even more interesting.

Going to museums in November is like taking a personal adventure. You can look at art, learn about history, and see new things without lots of people around.

Admire Fall Foliage at Butte Bergeyre and Buttes Chaumont

Butte Bergeyre is in the 19th arrondissement of Paris . It got its name from the Bergeyre family who owned it a long time ago. Adolphe Alphand designed it in the 19th century.

It’s like a hidden gem. When you walk around its twisty streets, you’ll see pretty autumn colors. Plus, you can see the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Cœur Basilica from there. It’s like a magical view.

Buttes Chaumont is another beautiful place. Jean-Charles Alphand and Adolphe Alphand made it in 1867. It’s like a peaceful spot in the middle of busy Paris.

Benches and trees in colors of green and orange in Buttes Chaumont in Paris in November

In November, the trees there turn into bright red, yellow, and orange . There’s a cool temple called the Temple de la Sibylle on a big rock in the middle of a lake. You can see amazing views from there too.

These places are calm and let you enjoy nature away from the noisy city. You can take pictures, have a quiet picnic , or just enjoy the beauty of the leaves changing color. It’s a wonderful thing to do in Paris in November.

Enjoy a Seine River Cruise in November

Taking a cruise on the River Seine in Paris in November is really nice. You get to s ee famous places like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre from the boat . The leaves on the trees turn pretty colors, making them great for photos.

A river cruise while buildings are on the side with trees in hues of yellow, brown, and orange during November in Paris

What’s cool is that in November, Paris starts getting ready for the holidays. You’ll see lights on the streets and bridges , which makes the cruise even more special.

The weather in November is not too cold, so it’s comfortable to be on the boat. You can choose to go during the day or take the night Seine cruise , each with its own special feeling.

Whether you like history, taking pictures, or just want a romantic time, a Seine River Cruise in November is a good idea. It lets you relax, see beautiful things, and enjoy Paris from the water.

Attend Opera, Ballet, and Music Shows in Paris in November

November in Paris is a special time for shows and performances . Here’s why it’s a great month to watch opera, cabaret, ballet, and music.

In November, Paris offers a range of captivating operas to enjoy, including classics like Verdi’s “La Traviata” at Opéra Bastille and Puccini’s “La Bohème” at Opéra Garnier. Get entry tickets here .

The places where they happen, like Opéra Garnier and Opéra Bastille , are not too crowded, so you can get better seats. Plus, the weather is nice – not too hot or too cold.

Inside the Grand Opera Garnier Grand Foyer lighted with multiple chandeliers and with frescoes on the ceiling during Paris in November

The famous Cabarets in Paris, like Moulin Rouge and Lido, do special holiday-themed shows in November . It makes the experience even more exciting.

The Paris Opera Ballet does amazing performances. In November, they do both classical and new dances in a really pretty place called Palais Garnier .

There’s also lots of music in November. You can find concerts with different kinds of music all over Paris.

Experience the dazzling Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris with a ticket to the “Féerie” show. Enjoy Champagne and glamorous performances.

Witness the Festival of Lights at Jardin des Plantes

This event, started by Charles Fabre in the 17th century , is very special. In November, when the days are getting shorter, the garden turns into a place filled with beautiful lights.

Jardin des Plantes Park with a building of the Grande galerie de l'évolution at the back under bright blue skies in Paris in November

You’ll see sculptures made of light that make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. And as you walk around, you’ll discover cool things that mix nature and technology in fun ways.

What’s great is that these evening walks in the lit-up garden are calm and peaceful . It’s a nice break from the busy Paris streets. You can also enjoy art shows, music concerts, and other fun stuff that make the experience even better.

November is the best time for this festival because it gets dark early , making the lights look even more amazing.

So, if you’re in Paris in November, don’t miss the chance to see the Festival of Lights at Jardin des Plantes. It’s like stepping into a magical world of art and nature, and it’s a memory you’ll treasure from your time in the City of Light.

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Day Trips from Paris

Visiting the Christmas markets in Strasbourg and Colmar is a magical experience that you shouldn’t miss if you’re in Paris during the festive season. These cities host some of France’s most charming Christmas markets.

If you plan to make this excursion, you have several transportation options. The high-speed train is an excellent choice as it will take you to your destination in approximately an hour and a half, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the markets.

However, keep in mind that tickets tend to sell out quickly , so make sure to book them in advance as soon as you know when you’ll be in Paris.

If you prefer a bit more flexibility in your itinerary, consider renting a car . This will allow you to explore at your own pace and perhaps discover hidden treasures.

At the markets, you’ll find a wide variety of handmade products, culinary delights, and a festive atmosphere that will immerse you completely in the Christmas spirit. There’s something for everyone, from handcrafted decorations to delicious sweets and special regional wines.

Don’t hesitate to make the most of your visit to Paris and explore these Christmas markets in Strasbourg and Colmar. It will be an experience you’ll fondly remember for a long time.

This year, the Christmas market of Colmar officially starts on the 23rd of November and Strasbourg’s 24th of November.

Travel Tips to Visiting Paris in November

Discover the allure of Paris in November with these travel tips. From cozy fall weather to hidden gems, make the most of your autumn escape to the City of Light.

  • Ideal Season: November is a delightful time to explore Paris. The fall weather is pleasant, and there are fewer tourists compared to summer.
  • Dress Comfortably: Parisian streets can have cobblestones, so choose comfortable walking shoes .
  • Accommodation : For an authentic experience, opt for boutique hotels or guesthouses in the city’s historic center.
  • Plan Ahead: If you want to visit popular attractions or attend events, it’s smart to book tickets in advance.
  • Savor Local Flavors: Indulge in Parisian cuisine at local restaurants and markets to experience the city’s culinary delights. Make sure to check the allergy notes before booking a tour.
  • Pack Layers : Paris weather in November can be quite changeable. Bring layers so you can adapt to cooler mornings and milder afternoons.
  • Museum Pass : Consider purchasing a Paris Museum Pass , especially if you plan to visit multiple museums. It can save you time and money.
  • Learn Some French Phrases : While many Parisians speak English, learning a few basic French phrases can enhance your experience and show cultural respect.
  • Enjoy the Café Terraces : Many cafés still have outdoor seating with heaters in November, allowing you to enjoy Parisian life while staying warm.

Where to Stay in Paris in November

Choosing where to stay in Paris in November is crucial for a memorable visit. Explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods to find the perfect accommodation to match your November adventure.

Montmatre-Paris offers affordable lodging in the 17th arr. District of Paris . It’s close to major attractions and has a fully equipped kitchen, making it a top choice for budget travelers .

Appartement Quartier Arc de Triomphe 3 offers a prime mid-range stay in Paris. This modern apartment boasts city views and a well-equipped kitchen, making it an excellent choice for travelers.

Hôtel des Arts Montmartre epitomizes luxury in Paris. Nestled in the heart of Montmartre, it offers elegant rooms and air conditioning. Enjoy views of Montmartre or Parisian rooftops. Indulge in a daily buffet breakfast and experience top-notch service from the 24-hour concierge.

How to Get to Paris in November

Getting to Paris in November is relatively easy, as the city is well-connected by various modes of transportation. Here’s how you can reach Paris in November:

charles de gaulle airport halls in Paris in November

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) : This major international airport is the primary gateway to Paris. It’s well-connected to cities around the world.
  • Orly Airport (ORY) : Orly is another international airport serving Paris and is also well-connected to many destinations.
  • Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA) : While less commonly used, Beauvais Airport is a budget-friendly option for travelers arriving from European destinations.
  • Eurostar: The Eurostar train service is convenient if you’re from London. It takes you directly to Gare du Nord in Paris.
  • France’s extensive TGV network connects major cities, making it a fast and efficient way to reach Paris from within the country and neighboring countries.
  • Long-distance buses and coaches connect Paris to various European cities . Major bus terminals include Bercy and Gallieni.
  • If you’re traveling from nearby cities or regions, you can drive to Paris . Be aware of traffic and parking challenges in the city.

Remember to check transportation options and book your tickets well in advance, especially during the holiday season in November, to secure the best deals and ensure a smooth journey to the beautiful city of Paris.

Getting around Paris in November

In November, getting around Paris is easy. You can use the metro , which is like an underground train . Buses and trams also go all over the city.

If you want to, you can even rent a bike . And of course, you can walk too! That’s the best way to see the city. You can take a taxi or use a car service if you need to. There are also special boats that go on the river.

Remember, Paris is a big city but also very pedestrian-friendly. This means it’s nice for walking. So, put on some comfortable shoes and explore! Enjoy your time in the City of Light!

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The Best Time to Visit France

SD › Best Time to Visit France Updated: April 6, 2022

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When is the best time to go to France? The best time to visit France is in the spring (April to June) or fall (September to November) when there are fewer tourists, lower prices, and moderate temperatures. The summer months can be hot, crowded, and expensive. The winter months are often grey, wet, and cold (though a great time to visit the museums of Paris).

Best time to go to France and wine country.

France – When to Visit Best Time for Good Weather : May to October Best Time for Sightseeing : April to June, September to November Best Time for Honeymoon : May, June, September, October Best Time for Saving Money : March, April, and November Best Time for Foodies : April, May, and June Best Time for Paris : May, June, September, and October Best Time for Wine Country : March to May (most scenic); January and February (winemakers have the most time) Best Time for South France : June, early July, and September Best Time for the Atlantic Coast : June to August (but busy)

Best Time to Visit France

  • Best Time for Sightseeing : If you’re hoping to avoid the biggest crowds and have a good chance of enjoying mild weather, the best time for sightseeing in France is usually in the shoulder season, May and September in most areas, other than Paris which is likely to be quite busy. It’s a year-round tourist destination, so you’re unlikely to find non-existent lines for any attraction, but the best time to go may be early March or late October, though you will probably have to bundle up.
  • Best Time For Beaches : Those who want to enjoy swimming at the beaches in the South of France should be aware that sea temperatures are typically only warm enough in June through September, a time that also brings the biggest crowds. The sweet spot may be mid-September, which usually sees sunshine and warm temperatures, including warm water as well as fewer crowds. Pleasant strolls along the beach can usually be enjoyed from April through October.
  • Best Time For Wine Tasting : The best time to enjoy wine tasting amid mild weather and fewer crowds tends to be in May and June. While September and October will be busier, the weather is usually good and you’ll be here during harvest time.
  • Best Time For Shopping : Many European countries, including France, host big winter and summer sales. Here, the best time for shopaholics to score bargains is from mid-January to mid-February, and again, from late June through early- to mid-August. As summer is the busy season, if you’re hoping to avoid crowds and enjoy discounts on accommodation to, hit the winter sales.

France Travel Seasons

  • High Season (mid-June through August and mid-December through early January) : Summer and the period around the holidays is generally the high season in France, like most European countries. This is the time when the weather is often ideal and you can enjoy long days of sunshine, but it’s also the most crowded time, when lines are likely to be long, the crowds thick and the prices at their highest of the year. The high season extends beyond the summer months in some places, particularly Paris, with accommodation rates generally higher between April and October. Book the Best Hotels in Paris and the Best Family Hotels in Paris months in advance.
  • Shoulder Season (April through mid-June, September and October) : Other than Paris, shoulder season is often the best time to visit France, with fewer crowds, typically mild weather and occasionally discounted hotel rates. In Paris, the closest to a shoulder season may be late February through March and mid-October through mid-November. While it’s likely to be chilly, the crowds won’t be as thick as they are during the high season.
  • Low Season (November through March, except around the holidays) : During the low season, bargains abound, the lines for all the attractions are much more reasonable, and you can get a better glimpse at how the locals really live. The weather can put a damper on things, however. If you’re heading north, be sure to pack warm clothing as it will be cold and even freezing at night. Of course, Paris with a dusting of snow is magical. In the south of France, you’ll need to be prepared for a mixed bag, with some warm and sunny days, and chilly nights.

France Weather by Month

For the purpose of this article, we’ve broken down the weather into the northeast region which includes Alsace, Paris and the surrounding area, the Atlantic coastal region and southern France.

  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in January : Winter in this region is typically cold and grey, with snowfall frequent but not heavy. January is the coldest month here, with daytime temperatures ranging between 3°C and 6°C. If you visit now, you’ll need to bring winter clothing, including a warm coat, hat, and ideally, some good waterproof winter boots. When it’s not snowing, it’s likely to be raining, with 50mm of precipitation over 9 days, though you may enjoy a few sunny, dry days too. (Average Max Temperature: 6°C. Average Precipitation: 50mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in January : January is the coldest and wettest month in Paris, with the average high temperature hovering at around 7°C, dipping to 3°C at night, although it can drop quite a bit below freezing and it may even snow. On average, however, snowfall occurs only on two days this month, most often in late January. When it happens it tends to melt quickly resulting in lots of slush. With around 18mm of precipitation over 14 days, rain is likely but it’s usually light. Expect lots of grey days with drizzle, and little sunshine with an average of only an hour each day. This is a time for your warm-weather clothing, so bring a winter coat, sweaters, gloves, a warm hat that covers your ears and ideally, a pair waterproof shoes. (Average Max Temperature: 7°C. Average Precipitation: 18mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in January : This region of France enjoys relatively mild weather year round, though January is its coldest month with mostly cool, wet and windy weather. The farther south you are on the coast, the warmer it’s likely to be, though daytime temperatures average around 6°C to 8°C. If you visit this area now, be prepared by bringing a warm, windproof, waterproof jacket and a hat. Precipitation is likely with 80mm over 12 days in January. (Average Max Temperature: 13°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
  • South France Weather in January : Although it’s the depths of winter in South France, as it is throughout Europe, temperatures are fairly mild and you can expect few crowds in the cities and nearly empty beaches, though the sea will be far too cold for swimming at around 13°C. Average daytime temperatures range between 9°C and 13°C, and nights are cold with lows at 5°C. Rain can be somewhat of a concern with 70mm over 8 days, though most comes in short, sudden downpours, so bringing an umbrella is a good idea if you plan to visit in January, along with a mix of clothing that can be layered. (Average Max Temperature: 13°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in February : There is a slight improvement in February, with daytime highs creeping up to 8°C, though low temperatures are still quite chilly at -2°C. This is a time marked by many grey days, with less than a 10% chance of sunshine on any given day this month on average. Precipitation decreases, however, to 30mm over 8 days. Still, you’ll need to be prepared for those dark cold days by packing as you would for last month, with plenty of warm winter clothing. (Average Max Temperature: 8°C. Average Precipitation: 30mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in February : February is also quite chilly, with the average high temperature this month only increasing by a degree to 8°C, and temperatures sometimes linger at frozen or even below. There may be sudden, erratic rain downpours, and with an average of 22mm of precipitation over 13 days, you’re likely to experience at least a shower or two. There’s a higher likelihood of snow this month as well, so it’s important to be prepared by packing not only your cold weather clothing, but an umbrella that can withstand those wet and windy gusts. (Average Max Temperature: 8°C. Average Precipitation: 22mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in February : Temperatures are increasing gradually now, ranging between 7°C and 9°C, while the rain lets up a bit too, with about 60mm over 10 days this month, and you can expect more sunshine too. Nights are still quite cold, just above freezing, so you’ll still need plenty of winter clothing, especially if you plan to go outdoors in the evening. (Average Max Temperature: 9°C. Average Precipitation: 60mm.)
  • South France Weather in February : Winter continues, though things begin to warm up gradually this month with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 13°C during the day, and lows at 6°C. Precipitation still averages at 70mm, but it now generally falls over only 6 days, so when it comes, it’s in heavy downpours. Pack as you would for January, bringing an umbrella and a mix of clothing that can be layered. (Average Max Temperature: 13°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in March : The beginning of springtime marks a noticeable warming, with the mercury now climbing to a more pleasant 13°C, and as the month progresses, you’re likely to enjoy a few sunny days with temperatures closer to 15°C to 17°C With the low temperature just above freezing at 2°C, snow is still a possibility, though the precipitation average is just 40mm over 8 days this month and there’s a 15% chance of sunshine on any given day. Bring a mix of clothing now, including items for both mild and cold weather that can be layered. (Average Max Temperature: 13°C. Average Precipitation: 40mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in March : The weather is beginning to improve, with March ushering in springtime. The average high increases significantly to 12°C, and snow is unlikely other than perhaps a few flakes earlier in the month. Precipitation actually increases just a bit to 24mm over 14 days, so be sure to bring that wet weather gear, along with a warm coat, sweaters and waterproof shoes. (Average Max Temperature: 12°C. Average Precipitation: 24mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in March : March marks a turning point, with the weather noticeably warming, and daytime highs now reaching 12°C and even a bit higher, especially during the latter part of the month. You can expect more sunshine, with five hours a day, and a similar amount of rain and wind, so you’ll still need that warm coat, but you may want to bring a few items for warmer days too. (Average Max Temperature: 12°C. Average Precipitation: 60mm.)
  • South France Weather in March : Things are starting to warm up noticeably now, with more sun and longer days too. Afternoon highs average 15°C and occasionally, particularly during the latter half of the month, it may rise close to 20°C, though it’s still not quite time for swimming at the beach as sea temperatures still hover around 13°C. March also brings rain, but the same type of precipitation that generally passes quickly in what’s known as a Mediterranean downpour. (Average Max Temperature: 15°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in April : The heart of springtime in the Alsace region means things are really warming now, though the weather is a bit erratic, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 16°C. The saying “April showers” is especially true now, with increased precipitation at 50mm over 9 days this month and just a 13% chance of sunshine. When packing focus on items for cool, damp weather but bring a few items for those pleasant, mild days too. (Average Max Temperature: 16°C. Average Precipitation: 50mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in April : It’s starting to feel more like spring now, with daily highs generally ranging from 13°C to 17°C and nights not usually getting much colder than 7°C. In recent years the temperatures have occasionally reached as high as the mid-20s in April, so you may want to pack for changing weather by bringing a mix of both warm and cool weather clothing. Rain may still be a concern, with 25mm falling over 14 days this month. (Average Max Temperature: 16°C. Average Precipitation: 25mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in April : April marks the true beginning of spring, with many pleasant days though temperatures still average on the cool side, ranging from 11°C to 15°C, and windy days are likely too. Expect a mix of sunny and rainy days, with 60mm of precipitation over 11 days on average. Pack clothing that can be layered, with a mix of both items for warmer and cooler weather just in case. That windproof, waterproof rain jacket is still likely to be handy in April. (Average Max Temperature: 15°C. Average Precipitation: 60mm.)
  • South France Weather in April : Officially in spring now, April can be a wonderful month to visit the south of France, which experiences more sunshine than many other European destinations now. It unlikely to be too warm, with temperatures generally ranging between 13°C to 17°C, but the sea temperatures are finally warming, now at 15°C , signaling that beach weather may soon be here. Low temperatures dip down to around 10°C, so plan to bring clothing that can be layered, including a good mix of short- and long-sleeve shirts as well as a jacket for evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 16°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in May : With the average high temperature climbing significantly to 22°C, things are noticeably warming now, however, during the first half of the month it can still get quite cold with lows not much above freezing, but the second half typically brings many warm days as well as the first afternoon thunderstorms. If you plan to visit this month, you’ll really need a good mix of clothing to be prepared, including a warm coat for chilly evenings as well as a portable umbrella. (Average Max Temperature: 22°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in May : May can be a wonderful month for visiting Paris, with summer just around the corner, the average high temperature is a pleasant 20°C, and there’s likely to be a number of sunny days when afternoons reach closer to the mid-20s. While it’s unlikely to get too wet, sudden thunderstorms are fairly common, so you may want to bring a portable umbrella. It’s also a good idea to pack a mix of cool and warm clothing that can be layered. (Average Max Temperature: 20°C. Average Precipitation: 60mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in May : May brings more pleasant weather, with temperatures rising to 18°C in the afternoon and occasionally into the low 20s, and the wind dying down too. Just like April, you can expect a number of grey, rainy days in between warmer, sunny days, which means it’s important to bring a good mix of clothing for both. Nights will be cool with lows at 11°C so you’ll still need a jacket for evenings, as well as those damp days. (Average Max Temperature: 18°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
  • South France Weather in May : As temperatures rise, more and more tourists start to arrive, signaling the start of the busy season. During the day temperatures usually climb to 20°C and may reach a few degrees higher on an especially pleasant afternoon, though you can still expect some rain with an average of 50mm falling over 9 days in May, though it tends to pass quickly. Layers are still a good idea, with t-shirts along with some clothing for cooler days and evenings. While the sea is still too cool for swimming at 18°C, you may be able to enjoy relaxing on the beach with a good book. (Average Max Temperature: 20°C. Average Precipitation: 50mm.)
  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in June : While June ushers summer in, the month is still a bit of a mixed bag, with a number of warm, sunny days and the average high now 25°C, but lows are still rather chilly at just 12°C and rain is likely over 9 days this month. If you plan to visit now, you’ll still need a good mix of clothing that can be layered, including sweaters and short-sleeve shorts, as well as an umbrella and a jacket for evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 25°C. Average Precipitation: 60mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in June : Other than the crowds, June is one of the best times of the year to be in Paris, with the weather mostly warm, dry and sunny. Afternoons average 23°C, though it can get up into the upper 20s, and occasionally an unusually cool day may sneak up on you too, in fact the lowest temperature recorded here in June was just above freezing. With that, you’ll still need to pack of mix of clothing, but focus more on lightweight items for those summery days, and do bring a jacket for evenings as the low averages 14°C. A portable umbrella is still a good idea for those sudden thunderstorms. (Average Max Temperature: 23°C. Average Precipitation: 24mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in June : While June ushers summer in, it’s still a relatively mild month with pleasant temperatures ranging between 18°C and 21°C on average. It brings a lot more sunshine too, averaging eight hours each day, and significantly less rain, with 40mm falling over seven days in June. Now is the time to focus on more lightweight clothing, though you’ll still need a jacket for cool nights with lows at 14°C. (Average Max Temperature: 21°C. Average Precipitation: 40mm.)
  • South France Weather in June : With the long, sunny days of summer here, visitors are steadily arriving to enjoy the beautiful shores of South France. Afternoon highs are now climbing close to the mid-20s, with the light coastal breeze helping to keep things from getting too warm. Now you’ll need mostly lightweight, summery clothing, though you may want a sweater or light jacket with lows around 17°C. Be sure to bring your swimsuit too; while sea temperatures have risen to 22°C, it may be too cool for extended swimming, but you can enjoy a refreshing dip as well as soaking up the sun on the sand. (Average Max Temperature: 23°C. Average Precipitation: 40mm.)
  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in July : July is the warmest month of the year in this region, with daytime temperatures ranging from 20°C to 27°C and lows averaging 13°C. You’re unlikely to need much in the way of clothing to keep you warm, though you’ll still want a jacket or sweater for going outdoors in the evening. There is still a chance of rain with 60mm over 8 days, though it usually comes in the form of short-lived afternoon thunderstorms. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C. Average Precipitation: 60mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in July : July is one of the warmest months of the year in Paris with temperatures climbing to 25°C and sometimes higher in the afternoons, while nights will be pleasantly cool with lows at 16°C. On the downside, sudden erratic thunderstorms and heavy showers can occur, though they’re often short-lived, which means an umbrella will still be helpful. Pack as you would for last month, with a mix of mostly warm weather clothing along with a jacket for evenings and a couple of items for cooler days just in case. (Average Max Temperature: 25°C. Average Precipitation: 22mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in July : July is the peak of summer, and along with August, it’s the hottest month of the year. This is a time you’re likely to see both a lot of tourists and a lot of sun. Daytime temperatures range between 20°C and 24°C, but on some days the mercury may climb into the upper 20s. Precipitation decreases even more, to 30mm over 8 days, so it’s unlikely to interrupt your outdoor activities. Bring clothing for warm weather and some sun protection, as well as a sweater for cooler evenings with lows now dipping to 16°C. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C. Average Precipitation: 30mm.)
  • South France Weather in July : July marks a big change, with summer officially here, and those temperatures have increased significantly. This month, along with August, are the hottest months to visit, with afternoon highs now in the upper 20s and occasionally reaching the low 30s. Rain isn’t a concern either with just 10mm of precipitation of four days. Now you’ll probably want to spend quite a bit of time on the beach with sea temperatures at 23°C ideal for escaping the heat. With lows a relatively warm 20°C, even in the evenings you’re unlikely to need a jacket. Now is the time to bring all of that summer wear, and you may want to bring sun protection too, including sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C. Average Precipitation: 10mm.)
  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in August : While it’s still the peak of summer, temperatures begin to gradually cool this month, with the first half still quite warm, becoming more fall-like as August progresses. Daytime temperatures range between 19°C and 25°C, while the average low remains at 13°C. There is a slightly better chance for sunshine this month, and a bit less precipitation with 50mm over 8 days. Pack as you would for July, with mostly warm weather clothing and a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 19°C. Average Precipitation: 50mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in August : August continues those warm days and summer sunshine with little change in temperature and nearly the same amount of precipitation too, with 21mm falling over 10 days this month. Expect warm, muggy conditions and those occasional thunderstorms in between the sun. Pack as you would for last month, with a mix of mostly warm and some cooler weather clothing along with a portable umbrella. (Average Max Temperature: 25°C. Average Precipitation: 21mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in August : There is little change between July and August in this region, with high and low temperatures the same, and an average of 30mm falling over 8 days. This is the busiest time in Atlantic France, as well as its other regions, while you can expect plenty of sunshine, but be prepared for crowds as well. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C. Average Precipitation: 30mm.)
  • South France Weather in August : August is generally a repeat of July, with only a slight increase in the chances for rain with 20mm of four days this month. Sea temperatures warm a degree to 24°C, making beach time a priority. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C. Average Precipitation: 20mm.)

  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in September : Fall is now here, and it will feel like it, especially during the latter half of the month, with the average temperature now just 16°C, though on pleasant afternoons it can be as warm as 21°C. There is a bit less sunshine and more grey, overcast days, though rainfall still averages 50mm over 8 days in September. This is a good time for sweaters, and you may need a warm coat too with nighttime temperatures now dropping down to 10°C. (Average Max Temperature: 21°C. Average Precipitation: 50mm.)

  • Paris, France Weather in September : This is a busy month in Paris, and while it typically starts out warm with temperatures that can reach as high as 25°C, the average high drops four degrees to 21°C, and the later in September you’re here, the cooler it’s likely to be. Precipitation decreases significantly, however, with just 16mm over 11 days, making it a rather pleasant time to be in Paris. Chances are, you’ll still need some clothing for warm weather, but now is the time to really think about layering so that you’re prepared for changing temperatures. With lows at 13°C, be sure to bring a jacket for going outdoors in the evening. (Average Max Temperature: 21°C. Average Precipitation: 16mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in September : While temperatures are starting to fall, September sees many lovely, warm sunny days – especially during the first half of the month, which isn’t much different than August. Daytime temperatures range between 19°C and 23°C, while lows can dip down to around 14°C, so while you’ll want plenty of summery clothing, you will need a jacket for cooler evenings.
  • South France Weather in September : While September marks the end of summer and temperatures start to cool, the first half of the month is still quite warm, and the crowds of summer begin to dissipate, making it a great time to enjoy the sunshine and the culture without the big crowds. Daytime temperatures range between 22°C and 25°C on average, and nights are still mild with lows at 18°C. Rain is increasing now to 90mm over 8 days, but much of it falls during the latter part of the month. You’ll still be comfortable in your summer clothing, including short-sleeve shirts, shorts and dresses, but you’re likely to need a few items for cooler days and nights. (Average Max Temperature: 25°C. Average Precipitation: 90mm.)
  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in October : Well into autumn now, the average temperature drops five degrees down to 11°C and afternoons usually don’t get much warmer than 15°C, while nights are a chilly 7°C. Expect primarily gray, cold and rainy days, mixed among a few days of sunshine now. This is a time for sweaters and warm coats, and you may need to bring a warm hat and gloves as well. (Average Max Temperature: 15°C. Average Precipitation: 50mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in October : A chill is likely to be in the air now with things cooling down significantly following the arrival of fall. Afternoon highs have dropped five degrees to just 16°C and nights dip to just 10°C. This is a time for a coat, sweaters, and an umbrella too, as it can be pretty damp this month with an average of 25mm of precipitation over 13 days. (Average Max Temperature: 16°C. Average Precipitation: 25mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in October : Fall and winter are the windy months in Atlantic France, and October marks the return of the wind as well as cooler weather, with afternoon highs now 18°C and lows a rather chilly 11°C. It’s time to pack that windproof, waterproof rain jacket now, with precipitation increasing too as 80mm falls over 12 days in October. Pack so that you can dress in layers, but you may need a few more items for cooler weather this month. (Average Max Temperature: 18°C. Average Precipitation: 80mm.)
  • South France Weather in October : With fall now in full swing, temperatures cool quite a bit as highs drop four degrees down to 21°C, though you’re still likely to enjoy a number of warm and sunny days mixed among the grey rainy ones. There is a lot more rain in October, with precipitation increasing to 140mm over 10 days. It’s likely you’ll get caught in a few rain showers, so be sure to pack an umbrella, but as it so often happens in the Mediterranean, when it does rain, it passes quickly and usually brings clearer skies afterwards. Now is a good time to pack a mix of clothing that can be layered, and you may even want to bring a swimsuit for a quick dip if you can manage the cooler sea temperatures that hover around 20°C now.
  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in November : Visiting in November means you’ll miss the crowds and may find quite a few bargains, but you’ll have to be prepared for the cold. Most days are chilly and damp, and it may even snow with low temperatures averaging just above freezing. Daytime temperatures range from 5°C to 8°C, and sunshine is infrequent, occurring only 7% of the time this month. Precipitation decreases, however, to 40mm over 8 days. (Average Max Temperature: 8°C. Average Precipitation: 40mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in November : November is typically cold and wet, with light rain falling over 15 days this month and temperatures generally not reaching higher than 11°C. Nights are particularly chilly with the low averaging just 6°C. There is little sunshine, and frequent grey skies with only two hours of sun each day, but on the upside, lines will be shorter and you’ll have fewer crowds to contend with. Be sure to bring appropriate clothing for cool, damp weather, including an umbrella, gloves and a warm coat. (Average Max Temperature: 11°C. Average Precipitation: 22mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in November : Expect it to be cold, wet and windy now, with winter just around the corner. Days are shorter and there is less sunshine, with about three hours a day now and 70mm of precipitation falling over 14 days on average. Bring your cold weather clothing with daytime temperatures ranging from 10°C to 13°C and chilly nights with lows around 7°C. The good news is that if you bundle up, you may be able to enjoy walks on the beach all to yourself. (Average Max Temperature: 13°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
  • South France Weather in November : Temperatures really plummet now that November is here. Expect plenty of crisp, clear days and sun, with high temperatures averaging 16°C and less rain than October with 110mm over 10 days this month. Now is the time to enjoy the city attractions without the crowds, as well as pleasant strolls on nearly empty beaches. Plan to pack layers for both warm and cool days, as well as chilly nights that can dip down to 9°C. (Average Max Temperature: 16°C. Average Precipitation: 110mm.)
  • Alsace/Northeast France Weather in December : Winter is here, and while it’s likely to snow, it’s usually not too heavy and it can be a beautiful time to visit this region with its charming towns looking as if they were taken from the pages of a fairy-tale. Plan to bundle up, bringing that warm winter coat, hat, waterproof boots, gloves, scarves and the like, with daytime temperatures ranging from just 3°C to 5°C, and night time often at or below freezing. (Average Max Temperature: 13°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)
  • Paris, France Weather in December : December is one of the coldest months of the year, falling only behind January, which means there is a chance for snow if you visit now, though odds are still fairly slim. Daytime temperatures typically range between 5°C and 8°C while nighttime lows hover around 3°C and precipitation increases slightly to 26mm on average over 15 days. You’ll need that warm winter clothing now, plan to bundle up well if you hope to enjoy the sights, bringing warm, waterproof boots, a coat, scarves, gloves and the like. (Average Max Temperature: 8°C. Average Precipitation: 26mm.)
  • Atlantic France Weather in December : December brings even cooler temperatures as one of the coldest months of the year in the Atlantic coast region. It almost never gets below freezing, making snow rare, but rain is abundant with 80mm over 13 days. Temperatures range between 8°C and 10°C during the day, though that’s a bit deceiving as the wind will make it feel colder. Bring your winter clothing, including that waterproof, windproof jacket, sweaters and gloves. (Average Max Temperature: 10°C. Average Precipitation: 80mm.)
  • South France Weather in December : Winter arrives this month, and while it’s a lot milder than many European destinations, it’s still likely to be quite cool with daytime temperatures ranging around 10°C to 14°C. It’s a good time to enjoy winter sun, with most days only requiring a sweater or light jacket, though swimming is definitely out with the sea now a chilly 15°C. It’s perfect weather for shopping and sightseeing, as well as enjoying those holiday events. (Average Max Temperature: 14°C. Average Precipitation: 70mm.)

France Events and Festivals

France in january.

  • New Year’s Day – January 1 is a national holiday in France, which means many places, including restaurants, shops, museums and historic sites will be closed, although there are usually several eateries that will be open for lunch and dinner in any given city. In major cities like Paris, you can enjoy parades. The City of Lights hosts the popular New Year’s Day Grand Parade on the Champs-Elysees.
  • Epiphany/Feast of the Kings – Epiphany is also a national holiday and is held annually on January 6th, marking the 12th day of Christmas. It is a tradition to serve a special cake, known as the “une galette des rois,” in France which contains a porcelain figure inside. Whomever finds it in their piece is named king or queen for the day, and wears a paper crown.
  • La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc – This international sled dog race is renowned as one of the most challenging and longest in the world, traveling some 750 kilometers over 11 days in January. A wealth of entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the race that travels throughout Savoie and Haute Savoie, France and Switzerland, starting in Samoens. The opening ceremony includes fireworks, mulled wine, snowshoe hikes, themed exhibitions, igloo building, film screenings and more.
  • Truffle Festival, Sarlat – This festival celebrates the truffle each year in mid-January. It features a large market where visitors can meet with truffle growers and buy fresh truffles as well as truffle-based products, attend workshops and watch truffle hunting demonstrations.

France in February

  • La Percée du Vin Jaune, Jura  – This wine festival celebrates vin jaune (yellow wine), a type of white wine that’s matured in oak casks after being fermented, over two days in early February.
  • Valentine’s Day – Valentine’s Day, February 14, is celebrated with chocolates, flowers, and other romantic gifts as well as special dinners. In Paris, taking a dinner cruise on the Seine River is especially popular.
  • Carnival – This month is all about Carnival, with some of the most elaborate festivities in Nice . It includes 6 carnival parades made up of 17 floats and 1,000 musicians and dancers from around the world. The Dunkirk Carnival is also popular, drawing tens of thousands to watch the colorful parades that are accompanied by 60 musicians dressed as fishermen, and as it passes City Hall, nearly 1,000 pounds of wrapped, smoked herrings are thrown down from the balcony.
  • The Violet Festival, Tourrettes-sur-Loup – This long-time festival, hosted annually since 1952 in late February or early March, caps off the violet season and celebrates the coming of spring. The streets will be filled with activity, including local dances and dawn serenades.

France in March

  • Sarlat Fest’Oie – This Sarlat Festival is hosted the first weekend of March. It celebrates foie gras, with a big traditional market that promotes regional products, including the region’s specialty. It includes all-you-can-eat foie gras, cooking demonstrations, workshops for children and adults, and more.
  • St. Patrick’s Day – Most cities in France don’t celebrate March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, but as Paris has a lively Irish community, there are usually a number of bars and pubs that host parties as well as fun street parades.

France in April

  • Easter Feria, Arles – Held over Easter Weekend each year, usually in April. This popular bullfighting-oriented event marks the start of the French bullfighting season and includes music in the streets and bodegas, transforming Ales into one big party as well as offering the opportunity to learn about the bullfighting traditions in the South of France.
  • Kite and Wind Festival, Chatelaillon-Plage – For 3 days in early April, the Kite and Wind Festival features kite-making contests, demonstrations, free-flying, night flying, activities for children, and introductory flights in a hot air balloon.
  • Easter Sunday and Easter Monday – France celebrates the Christian holiday with special dinners that include lamb and chocolate on Easter Sunday and on Easter Monday, it’s a public holiday with many shops, restaurants and sites closed, giving locals and visitors a day to relax and enjoy their chocolate.

France in May

  • Labour Day/May Day – Labour Day is a national holiday in France and many other countries in Europe, held annually on May 1, which means there are likely to be a number of closures, though there are usually plenty of restaurants and shops that are still open. This is also May Day, which includes the tradition of giving a gift of lilies of the valley to loved ones to bring them happiness and good luck.
  • Victory Day – This annual public holiday on May 8th each year celebrates the end of World War II in France and the people’s freedom, and is a time when you can witness parades and religious ceremonies throughout the country.
  • Cannes International Film Festival – This world-famous film festival attracts big-name celebrities to the French Riviera each year in mid-May. While it’s meant just for professionals, it tends to attract big crowds of visitors who are passionate about film or hope to meet the hundreds of filmmakers and actors there.
  • Night of Museums – On the Saturday closest to May 18, museums across France open up for free and stay open late.

France in June

  • Joan of Arc Festival, Reims – Annually in early June, this weekend-long festival commemorates the coronation of Charles VII in Reims Cathedral. The highlight is the reenactment of the procession, but there are many activities too, including music concerts, a falconry display, stone-cutting and wool-spinning workshops and a festive parade.
  • D-Day Festival, Normandy – From late May through mid-June, the D-Day Festival hosts a variety of events, including a memorial parade and musical salute to veterans on June 6 which marks the anniversary of the D-Day landings and the liberation of France. Throughout the festival there are fireworks, historical reenactments, special tours and concerts.
  • Bordeaux Wine Festival – One of the world’s best wine producing regions hosts its annual wine festival in mid-June. Attendees can sample a wide diversity of wines from the Bordeaux and Aquitaine regions; tour vineyards, attend wine workshops, and watch magic shows and fireworks.
  • Fete de la Musique/Music Festival – This festival is hosted in Paris and towns in the surrounding area France on June 21st each year, celebrating the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Musicians of all types line the streets of the cities and villages, entertaining the crowds.
  • Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival, Samois-sur-Seine – This gypsy jazz music festival is held over the last week in June, blending creative, artistic and leisure activities with guitars, jazz and gypsies.

France in July

  • Tour de France – One of the most important and popular sporting events in the world, this three-week race takes place annually in July with more than 10 million spectators of all ages gathering by the roadside to cheer on the racers.
  • Bastille Day – This national holiday held annually on July 14 is celebrated throughout France, and includes a military parade down the Champs Elysees and fireworks displays. Local firemen also host street dances at many of the fire stations. On the eve of Bastille Day, a massive dance party is hosted over the Place de la Bastille in Paris as well.
  • Carcassonne Festival – The highlight event of the summer in the South of France, the Carcassonne Festival is held throughout July and includes nearly 100 concerts and shows from circus and theatre to jazz, classical, opera and dance.
  • Colmar International Festival – Hosted for 10 days each year in July, this festival includes over 20 concerts performed by top musicians, with the annual tribute to a great musician its central theme.

France in August

  • Lorient Interceltic Festival – Hosted during the first week of August, this annual festival serves as a gathering for all Celtic cultures, attracting more than 800,000 festival-goers as well as thousands of artists from across the globe. It also hosts a Celtic market, quayside market, traditional processions, traditional Breton games and more.
  • L’Assumption/Assumption of Virgin Mary – This is a public holiday held annually on August 15 honoring the assumption of Mother Mary into heaven. Expect some closures.
  • Confolens Folklore Festival – This famous world music and dance festival is hosted for a week every August, bringing 600 artists from five continents that put on performances connected with popular traditions and the arts around the world.
  • Rock en Seine, Saint-Cloud – The last big rock concert of the summer, the Rock en Sein takes place annually over the last weekend of August with concerts performed on four states.

France in September

  • Lille Market – The world’s largest flea market is held in Lille over the first weekend of August featuring some 10,000 exhibitors, including 300 professional secondhand goods dealers, attracting approximately three million visitors each year.
  • European Heritage Days – Over 2 days in mid-September, Paris city halls, government buildings, and monuments open up their doors to the public for a behind-the-scenes looks at some of the city’s most fascinating places.
  • Paris Autumn Festival – Hosted annually beginning in mid-September and running through December, this festival highlights some of the most compelling works in music, theater, cinema, contemporary visual art, music, and more.
  • French Gastronomy Festival – Held nationwide on the last weekend of September, this festival celebrates French flavors and gastronomy with events throughout France. It includes chef demonstrations, discounted gourmet cuisine, educational activities, tasting of local foods, markets, food-themed outings, tours of wine cellars and breweries, workshops and more.

France in October

  • Nuit Blanche, Paris – This festival hosted annually on the first weekend of October is considered a must-experience cultural event with many museums, galleries and cultural institutions open free of charge all night.
  • Oktoberfest Paris – Oktoberfest is celebrated in Paris over 10 days in early- to mid-October with lots of traditional beers, German foods and music.
  • Jazz Between the Two Towers, La Rochelle – Hosted annually in early October in the center of La Rochelle, this festival features nationally and internationally famous musicians, including both free and fee-based concerts.
  • Halloween – Halloween isn’t traditionally celebrated in France, though some clubs and bars in cities like Paris that attract tourists will host parties, and Disneyland Paris typically features a Halloween theme throughout the month of October.

France in November

  • All Saints Day – November 1st is a public holiday that commemorates the dead, expect some closures.
  • Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair – Hosted during much of the first half of November each year, this fair draws nearly a quarter-million visitors who appreciate good food and wine. It features nearly 600 exhibitors and includes new products as well as new trends.
  • Armistice Day – November 11 is a national holiday marking the end of World War I and a day to remember those who served and died to preserve France in various wars. It’s a solemn day that includes visits to the graves of loved ones, a national moment of silence, and, many rites and rituals are held at the great French battlefields.
  • Festival of New Wine/Beaujolais Nouveau – This annual event takes place on the third Thursday in November and includes music, festivals and fireworks, with wine released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the grapes have been harvest. There are typically parties hosted through the country.

France in December

  • Christmas Markets – Christmas markets are hosted across France through Christmas Eve, with some of the best in Colmar and Strasbourg.
  • Festival of Lights, Lyon – The Festival of Lights takes place annually over four days in mid-December, December 7 to 10 in 2017. It includes impressive lighting displays throughout Lyon, which honor Mary, the mother of Jesus. You’ll see candles along the outside of windows, as well as elaborate modern lighting.
  • Habits de Lumiere, Epernay – The capital of Champagne celebrates for three days along the Avenue de Champagne, December 8 to December 10 in 2017. It includes street theater, music, illuminations, tastings, a fireworks display and an exhibition of vintage cars.
  • Christmas Eve/Christmas Day – This holiday over December 24 and 25 begins with Christmas Eve meal followed by a visit by Santa Claus during the night who leaves presents under the tree, just like it does in the U.S. and other countries that celebrate the Christian holiday.
  • New Year’s Eve – December 31st, New Year’s Eve, is celebrated with fireworks in and parties throughout France, with the biggest and best found in Paris. There is an impressive light show and fireworks display at the Eifel Tower, as well as parties across the city, with lots of champagne, music and dancing.
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France in November: Embracing Autumn’s Serene Tranquility

Discover the tranquil beauty of France in November with our all-inclusive guide to the intriguing activities, cultural treasures, and shifting landscapes. Learn about the best happenings, places you simply must see, and the special beauty that this peaceful month of fall provides to the heart of France.

November in France greets you with a sense of subdued beauty as the leaves transform the countryside into shades of gold and copper. The nation is serene, and its cultural legacy is evident in its charming cafes, museums, and historical landmarks. I’m a travel copywriter for Triplou, and I’d like to extend an invitation to you to come with me on a tour through the heart of France in November. The changing landscape, rich cultural traditions, and friendly locals will make for an enthralling travel experience.

November in France provides a wide range of activities, including the spiritual pilgrimage to Mont Saint-Michel, the culinary joys of Lyon’s Festival of Lights, the historic charm of Armistice Day, the literary attraction of Parisian bookstores, and the artistic beauty of Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Come experience with me the fascinating happenings, delectable food, and stunning locations that make this autumnal month the ideal time to travel around the nation.

Exploring the world of books and writers in the City of Light.

In November, one should fully enjoy Paris’s literary side. You’re encouraged by the cold to curl up in old-fashioned bookstores and libraries and lose yourself in the world of books. Explore the antique bookstores along the Seine, or stop into the renowned Shakespeare and Company, a famed English-language bookstore in the city centre.

Paris: A Literary Wonderland in France in November

In November, Paris hosts the Salon du Livre de Paris, a book expo that attracts writers, publishers, and readers alike. You may find new books, participate in debates, and attend book signings. Take a seat on a bench in the Luxembourg Gardens with a book and take in the peace and quiet that descends upon the city.

A celebration of new wine in the heart of the Beaujolais region.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day, a vibrant and much-anticipated festival in France, falls on the third Thursday of November. When the Gamay-based Beaujolais Nouveau wine is first made available, the French celebrate with great happiness and fervour.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day

Festive events, wine tastings, and special dinners are held in the wine districts of Beaujolais and Lyon. There are fireworks, music, and dance to welcome the arrival of the wine. A genuine taste of French culture and conviviality may be had on Beaujolais Nouveau Day, whether you’re in Lyon, Beaujeu, or any of the region’s quaint villages.

Honoring the end of World War I at the historic site of the Armistice.

Armistice Day, observed on November 11th, is a sombre occasion in France to mark the end of World War I. The northern French town of Compiègne is significant historically since it was the location of the 1918 Armistice signing, which put an end to the war.

Armistice Day in Compiègne

Both the historic railway carriage where the Armistice Clearing was signed and the agreement itself are accessible to the public. In addition to paying their respects, visitors can peruse the adjacent museum and discover the history of the occasion. This day is a symbol of France’s tenacity and dedication to world peace.

A luminous celebration in France’s gastronomic capital in France in November

Early December sees Lyon’s “Fête des Lumières,” or Festival of Lights, a spectacular occasion. This festival transforms Lyon into a mystical wonderland by illuminating the city with breathtaking light works.

Lyon's Festival of Lights

As part of the celebration honouring Mary, the mother of Jesus, Lyonnaise people customarily set lit candles on their windowsills. It has now developed into a stunning exhibition of light art and installations across the city. Streets, bridges, and historic sites are transformed into vivid light displays and projections. Walking about Lyon in the midst of the Festival of Lights is a captivating experience that brings a little magic to the November evenings.

A spiritual pilgrimage to the iconic island abbey.

November is a fascinating time to visit Normandy’s magnificent island abbey, Mont Saint-Michel. There are fewer people here, and the UNESCO World Heritage site is made more mysterious by the autumnal ambiance.

Mont Saint-Michel

The island’s connection to the mainland is seen as you get closer to the abbey due to the shifting tides. Discover the cloisters, stunning views from the summit, and mediaeval architecture of the abbey. In November, the serene atmosphere of Mont Saint-Michel facilitates a more introspective and spiritual encounter. This famous site is a must-see in the autumn, whether you’re travelling there on a pilgrimage or are just looking for peace and quiet.

France in November is a season for introspection, festivities, and cultural discovery. Every experience has its own unique charm and significance, whether you’re exploring Paris’ literary treasures, celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau Day with a toast, remembering Armistice Day, taking in the magical lights of Lyon’s Festival of Lights, or travelling to Mont Saint-Michel for a spiritual experience. November is the perfect representation of autumn in France—a season of customs, peace, and the welcoming embrace of regional culture. Take into account November’s distinctive charm and varied offerings of France when you plan your autumnal adventure. You’ll have treasured recollections of your trip through France during this time of introspection and gratitude.

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1 st  November 2012 La Toussaint – All Saints’ Day.  All over France chrysanthemums are taken as a gift to put on graves as loved ones who have passed on are remembered.

11 th November 2012 Armistice 1918

National Event – Beaujolais Nouveau – the new season’s wine arrives on the third thursday of November each year, the festivities start at midnight on Wednesday for this serious drinking event.

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Chablis – Fetes des Vins de Chablis – usually held on the 4 th weekend in November exhibitors of wines give you plenty of opportunity to taste the best from the region.

Corsica Coast Race (Corsica): From 1 to 4 November, the world famous Corsica Coast Race will host a 100-km tour of the island with its departure and arrival in Ajaccio.

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Etaples – Festival of the Herring (Fête du Hareng Roi), every year on the banks of the River Canche in the town of Etaples the humble herring is celebrated – cooked to your wishes – grilled, marinated, smoked accompanied by a hunk of French bread and a hearty glass of wine.

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Lyon – Silk Label Festival From 15 to 30 November, this event will be homage to Lyon’s proud Silk tradition with exhibitions, workshops, themed walks, conferences…

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Travel France In November

Travel France In November

Traveling to France in November can be a truly spectacular experience. From cultural exploration to culinary indulgences, those who choose to visit the country in the winter months are rewarded with a unique experience. But before taking a leap, travelers should consider the pros and cons of visiting in November.

Pros of traveling to France in November

Travelers who visit the area during November can take advantage of reduced rates. Hotels, restaurants, and flights are all available at lower prices than those of peak tourist season. Furthermore, the winter months provide a unique kind of beauty that cannot be enjoyed during peak season, with the foliage providing a stark contrast to the bright blue skies. Illuminated by sunlight, the winter months offer a gallery worth of postcard perfect views of the French countryside.

The off-season travelers can also take benefit from a mild weather. Owing to the country’s mid-latitude location, travelers can take advantage of the temperate climate and enjoy the country’s beauty without risking any extreme weather conditions, a comfort unavailable in many other places in Europe.

Cons of traveling to France in November

While travel for November has several benefits, travelers should also consider the risks involved with winter travel. While the winter temperatures are mild, this can mean that outdoor activities become less attractive and that sightseeing and exploration may be limited. Furthermore, popular destinations, such as Paris, may close early due to the onset of winter.

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In addition, November is a time of year when the country becomes very wet and can be subject to flooding in some areas. This can have a negative impact on the country’s infrastructure and make it difficult for travelers to get around. And with a greater chance of rain, travelers should be certain to pack all the necessary rain protection and other cold-weather gear.

How safety is ensured for tourists

While France in November is often thought of as a quieter time of year in terms of tourist numbers, safety is still an important aspect of traveling in this time of year. The government has implemented several initiatives to ensure the safety and security of tourists, such as increased police presence in major metropolitan areas and the use of CCTV cameras to monitor activity. In addition, travelers can also take advantage of a number of services, such as free Wi-Fi connection, provided in many of the most popular tourist spots.

Overall, while November has some potential downsides, travelers should take into consideration the advantages of choosing France as a winter destination. From slashed prices to improved safety initiatives, there are several reasons why France in the November months should be on any traveler’s list of potential places to go. So if you’re considering a winter getaway, consider a trip to France this November. You may just discover the hidden delights that await.

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Shirley J. Blanc is a French expat and a passionate Francophile. She has been living in France for over a decade, and loves to share her experiences and knowledge about the country with others. Shirley has written extensively on topics such as French culture, language, travel, and cuisine.

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Activities to Do in France in November

Eiffel Tower Tour, Versailles Tour, Disneyland Paris Tour, Seine River Cruise Paris, Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour, Louvre Museum, Montmartre Paris Train Tour, Luxembourg Garden Tour and many more. November is the end of the autumn season in France and it is the time when the winter slowly creeps in. Besides, it is also the shoulder season which means an off-season for tourist arrivals hence you can indulge in the most exciting things to do in France in November. In this no rush month, you can explore Walt Disney’s Disneyland with your kids and have a surreal experience in the Space Mountains. 

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Paris is a beautiful city and is also called the "City of Lights". This city is full of beauty, love, history, art, and culture. Famous for many things to do, places to see, and art to stare at, one of the biggest attractions in Paris is Disneyland Paris. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the park is one of the most magical places in Paris right now. Home to over 50 themed rides and attractions, Disneyland is one place you do not want to miss. Visit the park and take in the festive spirit as you stroll through the a dazzling winter wonderland during Disney Enchanted Christmas. Book your tickets now and enjoy entry to both Disneyland® Park & Walt Disney Studios® Park.

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Spend a fun-packed day with your folks at Disneyland Paris and explore 5 magical lands and 4 cinematic studios. Visit the park during the Disney Enchanted Christmas and enjoy the festive spirit with twinkling lights and snow-dusted landscapes. Stroll through the park and enjoy more than 50 attractions including Marvel Avengers Campus, World of Pixar, Production Courtyard, Peter Pan's Flight, and more. Let the adrenaline rush through your veins as you take some thrilling rides like Avengers Assemble, Crush's Coaster, RC Racer & Indiana Jones and the Temple. Enjoy various shows & parades and meet your favorite Disney characters including Daisy, Donald, Mickey & Minnie. Team up with Avengers and help Captain Marvel & Iron Man while exploring the Avenger Campus. Book tickets for Disneyland Paris and be amazed by the magical world of cinema at Walt Disney Studios® Park.

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One of the most classic things to do in France in November is to take a tour of the Jardin Du Luxembourg which is a renowned Paris Park. Laid out in the 17th century this 25-hectare park boasts an English-style garden, apiary, orangery, greenhouses replete with exotic orchids, and a fragrant Rose garden. You must come here to explore the artistic treasures found throughout the gardens that include a 17-th century fountain called Fontaine de Médicis, and the Palais du Luxembourg Palace’s east front. You can plop on one of the chairs spread before the fountain, and marvel at the beauty of the place, or visit the orchard here, where heirloom assortments of apples grow. Timing: Opens at 7.30 AM and 8.15 AM and closes between 4.30 PM and 9.30 PM according to season. Checkout:  Paris Switzerland Tour Package From India                     Paris Tour From Mumbai

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Designed by Jean François Chalgrin, a French Architect, the Arc de Triomphe resembles Rome’s Arch of Titus. This 50-meter massive arch is a larger-than-life figure that depicts the glorious return, victories, and departure of the French armies. Thus, one of the most memorable things to do in France in November is to visit this spot and take a guided tour of the monument. There is a viewing platform at the monument’s top where from you can enjoy the sweeping views of the 12 avenues. It is recommended to stay still at 6:30 just to witness the 6:30 PM ritual that takes place every evening for rekindling the tomb’s memorial flame. Timing: 10 AM – 10:30 PM If you are planning for a trip to France, then you can Checkout & Book:  France Honeymoon Trip Packages Also Checkout:  Paris Trip From Kolkata

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Notre Dame Cathedral Tour

The Cathédrale of Notre Dame is a French Gothic Architecture masterpiece that may look archaic compared to the city’s other famous landmarks but the detailed façade of the church will leave you awestruck. It took over 200 years for countless stonecutters, carpenters, and architects to erect this Gothic design masterpiece. Hence one of the most soul-inspiring things to do in France in November is to visit this church. A large fire damaged the 19th-century spire and the medieval roof. But, you can still marvel at the resplendent stained-glass windows that filter the ethereal, jewel-toned light into the melancholic space. Timing:  Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 6:45 PM Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM to 7:45 PM If you are planning to visit Paris, Checkout:  Paris Tours                                                                             Paris Honeymoon Trip Packages

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If you are a history enthusiast who has always yearned to discover the classic figures of art history, right from Monet to Picasso, Carpeaux, and Cézanne, then one of the most unforgettable things to do in France in November is to tour the Le Petit Palais. This sumptuous palace-turned museum is known for its fine architecture and rich collection of sculptures, paintings, and Greco-Roman antiques. To enjoy its peaceful ambiance in its entirety, do visit the Museum’s pretty garden and have a drink atop the terrace; because you can absorb art better in the shelter of colonnades! Timing: 10 AM – 6:00 PM Planning for a trip to Europe, Checkout & Book:  Europe Holiday Tours                                                                                     Europe Honeymoon Packages

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Get into the festive season’s spirit by indulging in one of the warmest activities to do in winter in France, and that is visiting the Christmas markets of the six main squares of the city. See the Frozen Fairyland’s ice sculptures, warm up your cold hands around a mulled wine or a spicy hot drink. Walk through colorful stalls nestled in boulevards that make it look like a magic forest, and let the illuminations drive away the gloomy winter days. Timing:  Open every day from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Planning a trip to Turkey? Explore & Book:  Turkey Honeymoon Packages Do Checkout:  Europe Tour Package For Family

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The best times to visit Nice, from colorful carnivals to free music festivals

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There’s a good reason why the highway linking Paris to the French Riviera is called the autoroute du soleil  (highway of the sun). With four miles of sun-kissed turquoise shores sheltered by the imposing Préalpes mountains rising behind the city, Nice is blessed with 300 days of sunshine per year. 

But while Nice has one of the warmest winter climates of any Mediterranean destination, this iconic city is still predominantly a summertime destination and it's between June and August when the crowds are at their heaviest. The shoulder seasons offer arguably the best value for a visit, but Nice is a special spot all year round. This month-by-month guide to what's happening in Nice can help you plan the perfect time for your visit.

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The summer high season is busy and beautiful

The months of June, July, and August are when Nice’s Promenade des Anglais swells with visitors enjoying the relentless sunshine before it dips below the airport in the west amid a blaze of orange. The balmy evenings are when the city is at its most pleasant and the cafes and bistros of the Old Town spill out onto the street, especially when July’s Nice Jazz Festival is in full swing. 

The winter low season has low hotel prices and chilly evenings

The famous Promenade des Anglais actually takes its name from the number of English aristocrats who loved spending winter in Nice in the 19th century (and that includes Queen Victoria herself). These days travelers can afford further-flung winter sun destinations, but Nice still maintains fairly mild temperatures in the winter – usually powder blue skies followed by chilly evenings. Low hotel prices make this time of year an ideal time to explore parts of Nice that normally fly under the radar during the warmer months.

The spring and fall shoulder seasons are the best time to visit

The shoulder seasons are arguably the best time of year to visit, as the strain of tourists eases but the bright weather is still more than adequate for most visitors (especially those from sun-starved northern climes). The days are warm enough to lie in the sun and, though you’ll probably need a jacket in the evening, the temperate is usually mild enough to eat and drink al fresco. 

January is the time to explore Nice to its fullest

January is the quietest month of the year and the time to make the most of the city , from its tranquil sun-kissed beaches to superb museums like the Musée Matisse . The oldest rally race in the world – the Rallye Monte-Carlo – kicks off just down the road in Monaco every January and the varying Alpine conditions make this one of the world’s more unique motorsport events. Key events: New Year, Rallye Monte-Carlo .

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February brings the color of the Carnival

A tradition dating back to the 19th century, Nice comes alive with color for two weeks in February when the gleefully ostentatious Nice Carnival rolls into town. Expect comically large floats, large crowds, and busy stalls offering lavender, fabrics, and street food. Key events: Carnaval de Nice , Play Azur Festival .

March goes lemon crazy in Menton

One of the French Riviera’s most famous festivals – La Fête du Citron – takes place in nearby Menton and celebrates the annual production of specialty lemons and other citrus fruit. Back in Nice, the Festin des Cougourdons is a celebration of Niçois culture and heralds the beginnings of spring. Key events: La Fête du Citron (Menton), Festin des Cougourdons.

April welcomes the spring sun

By April, the weather can start to feel like summer during the day and spring is in full swing. Avril aux Jardins (April in the gardens) takes place throughout April at Jardin Albert 1er and there’s a variety of workshops (including pottery, bakery, and candlemaking), dance performances, and artisan stalls. Key events: Avril aux Jardins , Easter.

May is about the glitz and glamor

With the weather getting balmier by the day, La Fête des Mai kicks off in the Roman ruins around the Gardens of Cimiez. May is also a good month for day trips either side of Nice, with Hollywood stars arriving for the Cannes International Film Festival and the glamor of Formula 1’s most famous race – the Monaco Grand Prix.  Key events: La Fête des Mai (Spring Festival), Open de Nice Cote d'Azur, European Night of Museums, Cannes Film Festival , Monaco Grand Prix , Fete des Roses.

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June is the official start of the summer season

Summer begins with high temperatures and higher hotel prices. La Fête de la Musique is an event celebrated across France every summer solstice on June 21 and music spills out into the streets from Nice’s bars, cafes, and bistros.  Key events: Fête de la Musique , Festival du Livre (Annual Book Festival), Fête de la Saint-Pierre et de la Mer (Festival of St Peter & the Sea).

July is the month for music

Nice is swelled with tourists enjoying the endless July sun, but there’s plenty happening too. The Nice Jazz Festival has been running since 1948 and regularly features a star-studded line-up, while Bastille Day is a bombastic national celebration held every July 14 in France.  Key events: Nice Jazz Festival , Bastille Day.

August sees the hottest temperatures

August is typically the hottest month of the year in Nice and it’s also when many locals go on vacation. So expect crowded beaches and the narrow streets of the Old Town to be packed, but also look out for the spectacular Assumption Day fireworks on August 15.  Key event: Assumption Day fireworks.

September offers perfect Riviera weather

September is one of the best times of year to visit as hotel prices begin to fall while the weather largely stays the same. Though if you do want to slip indoors for a while then European Heritage Days is a Europe-wide event where members of the public are encouraged to immerse themselves in their local history and culture, with Nice’s museums, galleries, and churches all throwing their doors open.  Key event: European Heritage Days .

October is the best value time to visit

While October sees fewer tourists, the weather stays pleasant in Nice and hotel prices are very reasonable. It’s also a final chance to spend a solid amount of time on the beach on a warm afternoon. Key events: French Riviera Marathon, Tous au restaurant.

November celebrates with wine and music

Though the weather is cooler in November, the event calendar begins to pick up again. C’est Pas Classique! Is a series of over 40 free music concerts across a range of genres, while the third Thursday of November sees the celebrations of Beaujolais Nouveau Day – an annual festival for the release of a new batch of the fresh and fruity young wine. Key events: C’est Pas Classique! Free music festival , Alpes-Maritime Marathon, Beaujolais Nouveau Day .

December comes alive with Christmas markets

The colors of Christmas arrive in Nice in December and Place Masséna turns into a jaunty Christmas village with food stalls, towering trees, and bright fairy lights. The weather is chilly in the evening but plentiful glasses of toasty glühwein are on hand to help. Key event: Christmas Village.

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The best time to visit Normandy is June to August. Though this is the height of the peak tourist season – which can last from May to mid-October – this period also promises the most pleasant weather. Fall and spring can be optimal shoulder seasons if you're hoping for fewer crowds and better accommodation rates, but a visit during this time will likely require coats (highs hover around the 50s). Winter will usher in the best hotel rates, but some of the businesses in the region's small towns and cities will likely close up shop for the season. Plus, some of the region's top museums close for the month of January.

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<p>Situated on a peninsula a 25-minute drive east of Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a relatively tranquil spot with rocky beaches, clear azure water, and green landscapes. It has been a favorite spot with the rich and famous since Victorian times. Even today the area is much-loved by actors, politicians, and tech tycoons and is referred as the π“Peninsula of Billionaires.” There is an abundance of large, lavish villas and equally lavish yachts moored in its harbor.</p><h3>Living in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France</h3><p>Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is home to only about 1,500 permanent residents. The area has several iconic hotels including Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, which is now managed by the Four Seasons. The hotel was awarded “palace” status in 2011. The area was once just a small fishing village, but was discovered by rich expats staying in Nice who considered it one of the best places in South of France.</p><p>There are monuments and museums to visit, as well as enjoying a walk to the famous lighthouse and Semaphore Tower built by Napoleon III. Nearby are the two springs created by COEXIST that promote religious tolerance. The popular Maurice Rouvier coastal walk links Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to Beaulieu-sur-Mer.</p>

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The South of France, also known as the French Riviera and referred to as “le Midi” by the French, is the most popular area in France. The area is made up of the country’s Mediterranean coastline and its hinterland and stretches from France’s border with  Italy  to its border with  Spain .

The region has a mild climate and boasts more than 300 days of sunshine. Those living in cities in the South of France enjoy a wonderful blend of fresh produce, ancient sites, rich culture, upscale shopping, and fine dining.

For more than 100 years, places in the South of France have  attracted expats  looking for a completely different — and very relaxing — lifestyle. With more than 60 miles of coastline, this part of France also attracts millions of tourists each year.

The South of France is made up of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (affectionately known as ‘PACA’) to the east of the river Rhone, and Languedoc Roussillon, to the west of it.

The South of France is a fun place to live; it conjures up memories of 1950s glamour, and there is plenty to see and do year-round, including exploring the beauty of the coastline, the Calanques, and the lavender fields of Provence. Each of the popular cities and towns has something special to offer those planning to make it home.

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<p>Nestling on the coastline between Cannes and Nice is Antibes — one of the best towns in the South of France. Antibes is a colorful town with a mixture of nationalities of all ages. It is full of history, as it was founded by the Greeks and has 16th century ramparts to climb for great views. It was much-loved by Picasso, who spent time at Château Grimaldi and gave many of his works to the museum, while novelist Graham Greene spent his winters in Antibes.</p><h3>Living in Antibes France</h3><p>Antibes is divided into three main areas: the Old Town, Juan-les-Pins, and Cap d’Antibes. The Old Town is dominated by the ramparts and is a maze of narrow streets, shops, and restaurants with bars that feature live music. Close to the Old Town is Vauban, a large marina popular with yacht owners. This is the most affordable part of town for housing, with attractive studios, apartments, and town houses.</p><p>Juan-Les-Pins is the town’s coastal area, popular for its shopping and beaches. The peninsula of Cap d’Antibes, has beautiful coves and the Phare de la Garoupe — a lighthouse surrounded by villas — on its tip. Antibes has numerous parks and gardens plus good walking routes.</p><p>Jazz à Juan, Europe’s oldest jazz festival, is held in Antibes each July. Nice Airport lies nine miles east; there is a regular bus service. Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins have SNCF railway stations with trains connecting to all major cities.</p>

Nestling on the coastline between Cannes and Nice is Antibes — one of the best towns in the South of France. Antibes is a colorful town with a mixture of nationalities of all ages. It is full of history, as it was founded by the Greeks and has 16th century ramparts to climb for great views. It was much-loved by Picasso, who spent time at Château Grimaldi and gave many of his works to the museum, while novelist Graham Greene spent his winters in Antibes.

Living in Antibes France

Antibes is divided into three main areas: the Old Town, Juan-les-Pins, and Cap d’Antibes. The Old Town is dominated by the ramparts and is a maze of narrow streets, shops, and restaurants with bars that feature live music. Close to the Old Town is Vauban, a large marina popular with yacht owners. This is the most affordable part of town for housing, with attractive studios, apartments, and town houses.

Juan-Les-Pins is the town’s coastal area, popular for its shopping and beaches. The peninsula of Cap d’Antibes, has beautiful coves and the Phare de la Garoupe — a lighthouse surrounded by villas — on its tip. Antibes has numerous parks and gardens plus good walking routes.

Jazz à Juan, Europe’s oldest jazz festival, is held in Antibes each July. Nice Airport lies nine miles east; there is a regular bus service. Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins have SNCF railway stations with trains connecting to all major cities.

Long a popular haunt for the rich and famous and world known for its international film festival, Cannes is one of the best-known coastal towns in France. Situated on the beautiful French Riviera in the south of France, the town enjoys gorgeous weather all year through. Its famous  Boulevard de la Croisette, curves along the coast and is lined with soft sandy beaches and upmarket boutiques and hotels. Nothing is cheap in Cannes and only the seriously rich can afford to live there. It is definitely a fun place to visit if you want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

Cannes has been linked with films for more than 70 years and today is one of the most famous cities in the South of France — and the second-largest. Cannes has a rich, 400-year-history. The narrow streets of the Old Town lead down the hillside to the Old Port, where it is fun to hop on a ferry to Iles de Lérins to enjoy untouched sandy beaches and a variety of historical sites.

Living in Cannes, France

During the winter months, Cannes is quiet and tranquil. In the spring, the first of the big events takes place — the  Red Bull Air Race . May is the month for the world-famous Cannes Film Festival, which attracts scores of celebrities who like to walk along the palm-tree lined Boulevard de la Croisette to Porto Pierre. For those who love action, there is Formula One in Monaco at the end of May; the principality lies just 45 minutes east of Cannes.

Cannes is without a doubt one of the best cities in South of France. The center of the city is primarily for short-term and holiday rentals. La Croix des Gardes, Palm Beach, and Californie are the main residential areas. They are on the fringes of the city.

With the sea so close, most residents enjoy water sports and underwater photography. Inland there are good hiking routes and pretty medieval villages to explore. Cannes has several museums to visit, and very chic boutiques. There are easy links to Nice Airport, which is just 16 miles away; a SNCF railway station with services to all major towns; and the hop-on, hop-off City Palm minibus, which follows a circular route around the city.

<p>Choosing to live in the town of Grasse is perfect if you prefer a slower pace of life. Grasse sits between the coast and the mountains, with stunning views over the Bay of Cannes.</p><h3>Living in Grasse, France</h3><p>Grasse is known as the “The World Capital of Perfume.” The town center is traditionally Provençal in character with old buildings, cobbled streets, and pretty squares. There are perfume shops, museums, and workshops, and as you walk through the streets you will smell jasmine, orange blossom, and roses.</p><p>During the year, there are several events linked with flowers, including the Jasmine Festival and ExpoRose. There are Open Days at the oil mills, as well the Grasse Tennis Open and popular truffle markets in November. In the Old Town there are some lovely older properties in need of renovation that can be bought for extremely good prices.</p>

Choosing to live in the town of Grasse is perfect if you prefer a slower pace of life. Grasse sits between the coast and the mountains, with stunning views over the Bay of Cannes.

Living in Grasse, France

Grasse is known as the “The World Capital of Perfume.” The town center is traditionally Provençal in character with old buildings, cobbled streets, and pretty squares. There are perfume shops, museums, and workshops, and as you walk through the streets you will smell jasmine, orange blossom, and roses.

During the year, there are several events linked with flowers, including the Jasmine Festival and ExpoRose. There are Open Days at the oil mills, as well the Grasse Tennis Open and popular truffle markets in November. In the Old Town there are some lovely older properties in need of renovation that can be bought for extremely good prices.

<p>When we think of the best places to live in the South of France, we can’t leave out Marseille, the country’s oldest city. Marseilles has a huge port and enjoys a mild and pleasant climate.</p><h3>Living in Marseille, France</h3><p>Marseille is home to many nationalities. There are a number of neighborhoods with affordable housing, and most people walk or hop on a bus to move around one of the best places in South of France. There are museums and exhibitions to visit and plenty of green spaces, including several cycle parks. It is easy to find a reasonably priced restaurant serving popular regional dishes.</p><p>Interestingly, in Marseilles, smoking is actively discouraged. Locals will tell you that the cost of living is 30% cheaper in Marseilles than in Paris. Marseilles offers easy travel too as it has an International Airport which has many overseas flight options.</p>

4. Marseilles

When we think of the best places to live in the South of France, we can’t leave out Marseille, the country’s oldest city. Marseilles has a huge port and enjoys a mild and pleasant climate.

Living in Marseille, France

Marseille is home to many nationalities. There are a number of neighborhoods with affordable housing, and most people walk or hop on a bus to move around one of the best places in South of France. There are museums and exhibitions to visit and plenty of green spaces, including several cycle parks. It is easy to find a reasonably priced restaurant serving popular regional dishes.

Interestingly, in Marseilles, smoking is actively discouraged. Locals will tell you that the cost of living is 30% cheaper in Marseilles than in Paris. Marseilles offers easy travel too as it has an International Airport which has many overseas flight options.

<p>The town of Menton is lesser known to foreigners, but has been popular since the British aristocracy “discovered” it in Victorian times. In those days, Menton was a pretty fishing village on a semi-circular bay — the last village before the Principality of Monaco and the Italian border. The British developed it into a chic health resort, and it has remained up-market ever since.</p><h3>Living in Menton, France</h3><p>Menton is one of the best places in the South of France if you seek peace and tranquillity, and it is a favorite spot for artists. The residents flip between French and Italian in conversation and cross the border regularly for lunch. Menton enjoys a micro-climate that is the best in the entire French Riviera. Menton’s appeal is reflected in its property prices.</p><p>There are places to visit including climbing the steps opposite Plage des Sablettes up to the Basilica. The steps are steep, but the views are brilliant.</p><p>The Basilica Saint Michel-Archange has some amazing ceiling and wall frescoes. Lemons are the symbol of Menton, and a Lemon Festival is held every February and March. Music is enjoyed during the annual classical music festival. There are walks to enjoy in the rolling countryside and a number of water and other outdoor sports.</p>

The town of Menton is lesser known to foreigners, but has been popular since the British aristocracy “discovered” it in Victorian times. In those days, Menton was a pretty fishing village on a semi-circular bay — the last village before the Principality of Monaco and the Italian border. The British developed it into a chic health resort, and it has remained up-market ever since.

Living in Menton, France

Menton is one of the best places in the South of France if you seek peace and tranquillity, and it is a favorite spot for artists. The residents flip between French and Italian in conversation and cross the border regularly for lunch. Menton enjoys a micro-climate that is the best in the entire French Riviera. Menton’s appeal is reflected in its property prices.

There are places to visit including climbing the steps opposite Plage des Sablettes up to the Basilica. The steps are steep, but the views are brilliant.

The Basilica Saint Michel-Archange has some amazing ceiling and wall frescoes. Lemons are the symbol of Menton, and a Lemon Festival is held every February and March. Music is enjoyed during the annual classical music festival. There are walks to enjoy in the rolling countryside and a number of water and other outdoor sports.

<p>This vibrant city is lesser known, but is a fun place to live as it is small in size, making most places easy to reach on foot. It boasts the largest pedestrian area in a European city. The city was the hub of the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages, and its famous university is one of the oldest in the world. It also has the Jardin des Plantes — one of Europe’s oldest botanical gardens.</p><h3>Living in Montpellier, France</h3><p>Montpellier is considered by the French to offer one of the nation's highest standards of living. Because the city has a large student population it has a lively café culture, reasonably priced restaurants, and always something going on. During the summer months, the cafés and restaurants spill out onto the pavements, adds to its character.</p><p>Montpellier is in rolling countryside about six miles from the coast, which has many lovely beaches — including Plage de L’Espiguette, which is 11 miles of sand and dunes. There are several markets in the city for buying excellent fresh produce; if you don’t feel like cooking,, the city has several Michelin-starred restaurants.</p><p>Montpellier is home to two large concert venues: L’Arena and Le Zenith Sud. There is <a href="https://www.operabase.com/festivals/france/festival-radio-france-occitanie-montpellier-401/en">the annual summer opera festival</a> that hosts more than 150 events and Cinemed, the autumn cinema festival. Montpellier offers excellent culture and good weather without being as touristy as some other cities and towns in the South of France.</p>

6. Montpellier

This vibrant city is lesser known, but is a fun place to live as it is small in size, making most places easy to reach on foot. It boasts the largest pedestrian area in a European city. The city was the hub of the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages, and its famous university is one of the oldest in the world. It also has the Jardin des Plantes — one of Europe’s oldest botanical gardens.

Living in Montpellier, France

Montpellier is considered by the French to offer one of the nation's highest standards of living. Because the city has a large student population it has a lively café culture, reasonably priced restaurants, and always something going on. During the summer months, the cafés and restaurants spill out onto the pavements, adds to its character.

Montpellier is in rolling countryside about six miles from the coast, which has many lovely beaches — including Plage de L’Espiguette, which is 11 miles of sand and dunes. There are several markets in the city for buying excellent fresh produce; if you don’t feel like cooking,, the city has several Michelin-starred restaurants.

Montpellier is home to two large concert venues: L’Arena and Le Zenith Sud. There is  the annual summer opera festival  that hosts more than 150 events and Cinemed, the autumn cinema festival. Montpellier offers excellent culture and good weather without being as touristy as some other cities and towns in the South of France.

<p>Attracting people from all over the world, Nice is the capital of the French Riviera, boasting pristine white beaches edging the clear blue water of the Côte d’Azur, a vibrant nightlife, stunning architecture and gorgeous views from the hills. Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall both lived in Nice for many years, if that’s any indication of the city’s potential for artistic inspiration. And there’s a reason Nice is a foodie destination: The traditional Niçoise salad originated in Nice to celebrate the bounty of fresh local produce and high-quality ingredients. </p>

Nice is the most famous of the South of France cities. It stands overlooking the Mediterranean on the Cote d’Azur (meaning “blue coast”). Nice is very cosmopolitan and enjoys an excellent climate that ensures that time can be spent outside in the sunshine all year. Summer temperatures average 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and the winter drops only as low as 50 degrees.

Living in Nice, France

Walks along the famous Promenade D’Anglais (which stretches for four miles along the shore) are fun, as is a browse in the daily market in Cours Selaya. Wandering around the marina admiring the yachts and enjoying a coffee is lovely too. The Old Town is fascinating, with narrow, winding streets lined with shops and restaurants that lead up to Nice Cathedral, which is famous for its beautiful Baroque architecture.

Nice has its own international airport, which is ideal if you enjoy traveling. The city is well located for trips into Italy as well as exploring the coast and  the winter sports in the French Alps . There are direct ferries to Corsica, Bastia, and Ile Rousse, too. Through the year there are carnivals and jazz festivals to enjoy as well as some great walks and cycling trails through the local vineyards.

8. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Situated on a peninsula a 25-minute drive east of Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a relatively tranquil spot with rocky beaches, clear azure water, and green landscapes. It has been a favorite spot with the rich and famous since Victorian times. Even today the area is much-loved by actors, politicians, and tech tycoons and is referred as the π“Peninsula of Billionaires.” There is an abundance of large, lavish villas and equally lavish yachts moored in its harbor.

Living in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is home to only about 1,500 permanent residents. The area has several iconic hotels including Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, which is now managed by the Four Seasons. The hotel was awarded “palace” status in 2011. The area was once just a small fishing village, but was discovered by rich expats staying in Nice who considered it one of the best places in South of France.

There are monuments and museums to visit, as well as enjoying a walk to the famous lighthouse and Semaphore Tower built by Napoleon III. Nearby are the two springs created by COEXIST that promote religious tolerance. The popular Maurice Rouvier coastal walk links Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

<p>Situated on the French Riviera, Toulon is one of the country’s top naval ports and is one of the quieter cities in South of France, being visited rarely by tourists. Toulon overlooks the Mediterranean; its best beaches are found in Le Mourillon neighborhood. The beach is fringed by cafes and restaurants as well as a series of grassy embankments where a variety of festivals are held during the summer months.</p><h3>Living in Toulon, France</h3><p>Toulon has a thriving cultural scene with an opera house, theaters, and a comic venue. The new La Rue des Arts is home to art galleries and workshops where jewelry artisans and clothes makers can be watched as they work. A popular walking/cycling trail connects the historic center to the beaches of Le Mourillon and continues along the coast to Hyères and beyond. Toulon has a small airport that offers internal flights, but Marseilles International Airport is 55 miles away.</p>

Situated on the French Riviera, Toulon is one of the country’s top naval ports and is one of the quieter cities in South of France, being visited rarely by tourists. Toulon overlooks the Mediterranean; its best beaches are found in Le Mourillon neighborhood. The beach is fringed by cafes and restaurants as well as a series of grassy embankments where a variety of festivals are held during the summer months.

Living in Toulon, France

Toulon has a thriving cultural scene with an opera house, theaters, and a comic venue. The new La Rue des Arts is home to art galleries and workshops where jewelry artisans and clothes makers can be watched as they work. A popular walking/cycling trail connects the historic center to the beaches of Le Mourillon and continues along the coast to Hyères and beyond. Toulon has a small airport that offers internal flights, but Marseilles International Airport is 55 miles away.

<p>Is there anything quite as romantic as traveling to southeastern France and enjoying days along the Mediterranean coastline? It’s the perfect location to enjoy cool ocean breezes and the regional Provençal cuisine. The Côte d'Azur, or French Riviera, encompasses the French cities of Nice, Cannes and Marseille.</p>

10. Villefranche-sur-Mer

We saved the best for last. Many people who live in Villefranche-sur-Mer believe it really is a “little piece of heaven.” This pretty seaside town with its buildings painted in candy colors certainly offers a slower pace of life than some other cities in the South of France. There are steep, narrow streets with flights of steps that climb up the hillsides to the terraces of vines. It retains the character of the fishing village it once was.

Living in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

The February Fishing Festival is fun. There is a parade, music and colorful costumes and fishers decorate their boats and throw flowers at each other. The town was described by Jean Cocteau as “a source of myth and inspiration,” while the Rolling Stones recorded their album “Exile on Main Street” here. The town is featured in the Bond movie “Never Say Never Again” among a number of others.

When you feel like exploring further afield, Nice lies just two miles to the west, and the principality of Monaco four miles to the east. Nice also has the country’s third-largest international airport.

There are of course so many wonderful  coastal towns and cities in France to live in . If you decide you would love to live in the South of France, it is worth taking your time to explore the region; you will soon get a feel for the areas that suit you best. One thing for sure is that you will suddenly become every popular, as family and friends flock to visit you.

Take one more step toward your dream of moving abroad, with  these articles about living in France .

<p>If you’ve ever been on vacation, you’ve likely found yourself compelled by travel books, tour guides or even a bucket list to check out a popular or world-famous attraction. But some of the most popular attractions in a tourism hotspot are known as ‘<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourist_trap">tourist traps</a>’ — establishments that target tourists with overpriced experiences and souvenirs.</p><p>With a notorious reputation for long lines, colossal crowds and bank-breaking gift shops, one survey revealed that <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tourist-traps-among-biggest-travel-nightmares-for-us-consumers-301539797.html">two in three American travelers</a> will avoid visiting attractions known as tourist traps. Those that have visited one can be left feeling underwhelmed, as the same survey revealed that 67% of travelers have experienced tourist traps that led to an inauthentic experience.</p><p>But with so many sights to see and so little vacation time, how can we tell which attractions might not be worth the visit after all? To find out, our analysts at <a href="https://casago.com/">Casago</a> figured there was no better place to turn than TripAdvisor, where we scoured thousands of reviews left for attractions in the U.S. and all over the world for the opinions of visitors gone before.</p><p>We searched for the phrase ‘tourist trap’ on TripAdvisor (with no location filter applied) to find the global attractions with the most mentions of ‘tourist trap’ in accompanying reviews. We then searched for the biggest tourist traps in each country and U.S. state by customizing the location settings and carrying out the same search, ranking the attractions by the number of ‘tourist trap’ mentions.</p><p> Read on to discover what we found out…</p>

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