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It is no wonder that travelers make a beeline for a France tour in June. For this is when flowers are in full bloom, the weather is warm and celebrations take place all over the country. June, however, is a mixed bag in terms of crowds and costs. Come early in the month for thinner crowds and bargain prices. Come late and you might have to contend with hordes of people and skyrocketing prices. However, regardless of all its shortcomings, June is an exceptional time to explore Paris, Normandy, and the sun-kissed southern coast of the country.

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France Weather in June

Aerial view of the city of Auch, France
Take stroll through the historic city of Auch in France

The weather in France in June is warm as the country encounters its first taste of summer, and beaches along the country’s south hog the limelight as the seawater reaches a warm and inviting 22°C.

The average temperature in the southern parts of the country during this month is between 17 and 22°C, while the Atlantic coast and the northeastern regions are a bit colder, with the mercury hovering between 13 to 21°C and 12 to 25°C respectively. Temperatures in Paris are mostly warm with the highs of around 23°C. However, make sure that you pack a light sweater for cooler evenings and an umbrella for rain showers. Summer activities are the name of the game during this time of year: be it exploring the French Riviera, touring the Loire Valley or relaxing on the sun-kissed beaches of Corsica.

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

Weather in France in June - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)202325
Avg Nightly (°C)111416
Avg Daily (°F)687477
Avg Nightly (°F)525861
Avg Rainfall (mm)262422

Why Visit France in June

Located in Paris, Luxembourg is a stunning garden and a perfect picnic spot
Go for a picnic in the beautiful manicured lawns of Luxembougr garden
Girl is sitting on sea beach with wineglass of wine at sunset
June is the perfectly month to chill by the beautiful beaches in France

France in June is a summer paradise, where a rising mercury means a boom in the number of tourists. While you will not see thick throngs of tourists in the first week of the month, you are likely to encounter a legion of holidaymakers as the month draws to a close. This is when the peak tourist season begins, leading to an explosion in the prices of hotels, transport and activities. Come early if you are looking for intimate excursions that do not hurt your wallet.

June brings more than just exceptional weather conditions, as this is when an array of festivals take place throughout the country, celebrating everything from the arts and music to faith and food. Below are the reasons why you should visit France in June.

  • Exceptional weather: June is warm and balmy, both on land and in waters. You can make the most of your stay in the country during this time by going on a hike, and dive into the ocean if you wish to. Take the opportunity to explore Corsica and its breathtaking beaches, and fishing ports or swim in the azure waters of the French Riviera.
  • Relatively thinner crowds: While it is true that June is the start of the tourist season, there will not be thick crowds in most places (sans Paris) compared to July and August. For great weather sans crowds, consider visiting France during this month.
  • Comparatively cheaper prices: While it is true that prices in June are higher than off-season rates, accommodation and fares are cheaper in the first half of this month than at any other times during the peak season. And that’s not all. France’s annual summer sales (soldes d’ete) kicks off in June, so expect many shopping areas to offer items at discounted prices!
  • Enjoy the festival season: Head to Normandy and celebrate the D-Day Festival, which is accompanied by parades, concerts and fireworks. Enjoy free musical performances throughout France during La Fête de la Musique, or amble around 30 themed gardens in Château Chaumont-sur-Loire, where the International Garden Festival takes place.

Where to go and what to do

the Eiffel tower stands next to a river in Paris
The Eiffel tower is a stunning sight in Paris no matter where you snap it from

Since the weather is great and summer crowds have not descended yet, you will find plenty of things to do in France during this time of year. June is the perfect time to relax on beaches, with Corsica on the top of the list of many heading for the sandy stretches of the country. The other option is the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera, where celebrities throng.

For laid-back excursions, book a chateau in Burgundy and go on a wine tour. Else, live your fairytale fantasy in the Loire Valley as you take in the beauty of its woodlands and breathtaking castles.

Willing to contend with crowds? Paris is exceptionally beautiful during this time of year. Have a picnic by the Canal Saint Martin, go on a food tour or score a ticket to the French Open! Find out more about how many days to spend in France by reading our travel guide.

If you are looking for the best time to visit France, June offers a lot of promise. Summer offers the perfect setting for outdoorsy activities like hiking and sightseeing.

The first one or two weeks of June are great for budget travelers as well as for those looking for more intimate excursions as the summer crowds have not arrived yet and rates are still relatively low. However, for those planning to visit the country in the second half of the month, we suggest that you book early to avoid rising costs caused by the incoming high season. Contact our travel experts in the country to help you with a tailor-made trip to France.

You can also browse through our list of available France tours in June.

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Published by David Lee, updated on August 5, 2022

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