When to Go

High Season (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.

Shoulder (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.

Low Season (Oct–Mar)

  • 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.