Visiting France in June

The weather's fine, and there's much to do

Old french village street
Village street in France. rdjan Srdjanov/E+/Getty Images

June is a glorious month to visit France. The French are getting into the holiday mood, though their main vacation season is mid-July to mid-August, from Bastille Day on July 14 to around Aug.14. While Paris is extremely popular with travelers at this time of year, there's a lot more of France outside Paris, and you can avoid the crowds there if too many tourists is a negative for you. 

Weather in June

In June the weather in France is generally mild and can be glorious.

You can count on wonderful blue skies and warm temperatures most of the time, but there can still be spring showers and chilly evenings, particularly in the mountainous regions of France.  The weather varies only slightly across the country in June. Here are weather averages for some of the major cities:

  • Paris: Lows of 55 F, highs of 72 F
  • Bordeaux: Lows of  53 F, highs of 75 F
  • Lyon: Lows of 55 F, highs of 75 F
  • Nice: Lows of 61 F, highs of 75 F
  • Strasbourg: Lows of 54 F highs of 73 F

What to Pack

While most areas of France have similar weather in June, packing can be tricky if you are visiting both the mountains and the Mediterranean. It can still be cold at night in the Alps and on high ground, while you can sunbathe along the Mediterranean. Basics to throw in your bag include light cotton clothes for sunny days; a light jacket, sweater, or windbreaker; a swimsuit; umbrella; and sunscreen. Good walking shoes are a must for any trip to Europe.

 

What to Expect

As the weather warms up, you’ll find that France’s parks and gardens are at their best, with glorious colors and sweet-smelling flowers and shrubs showing off. All the museums and attractions, both big and small, are open. Many begin their extended summertime hours, with special outdoor events on offer.

June is the start of the high festival season, when France starts to celebrate everything, from food to music and from street theater to arts and crafts. Virtually every large city and town puts on a show. And the summer jazz festival season gets going. 

Shopping gets even better during the summer sales season. It's on from mid-June to the first week of August. Check out the shops with "Soldes" signs in the windows. 

One of the best perks of June: It’s time to sit at a sidewalk cafe or on a terrace watching the world go by, day and night. This is an iconic French experience and one not to miss.

Highlights 

Besides the terrific weather, blooming flowers, and the multitude of attractions France offers no matter the season, June 2018 holds some special attractions: