Prices up to 50% lower than high season.
Sights, attractions and restaurants open fewer days and shorter hours.
Hotels and restaurants in quieter rural regions (such as the Dordogne) are closed.
(Apr–Jun & Sep)
Accommodation rates drop in southern France and other hot spots.
Spring brings warm weather, flowers and local produce.
The vendange (grape harvest) is reason to visit in autumn.
(Jul & Aug)
Queues at big sights and on the road, especially August.
Christmas, New Year and Easter equally busy.
Late December to March is high season in Alpine ski resorts.
Book accommodation and tables in the best restaurants well in advance.