The Worst Month to Visit France for Vacation? Posted on October 29, 2020March 10, 2021 by Kimball Oconnell The feeling that you should never have left home is a terrible experience on vacation. Even though France is the ideal destination for visitors worldwide, there are things to watch out for to keep your experience great. You may hear it quite often that July and August are bad times to go vacationing in La Republique Francaise, but here is the detail. Your thoughts of summer in a paradisiacal atmosphere can quickly become a nightmare if you do not consider conditions that are not unique to July/ August alone. When you go to Paris or other regions, consider the weather, holiday, overcrowding, and access to services. A major condition is the country’s weather, which differs for regions. The temperature on average winter does not usually exceed 32 °F. Summer does not get hotter than 75 °F, but in the East, where the Alps are, winter gets colder. The Atlantic Ocean in the west influences its temperate climate, so it has lots of rainfall, fog, and mild cold. Along the Atlantic Coast, In the south, it is mild weather, snowy winter, a lot of rain in spring, and dry-warm summer. North has clear skies, abundant sunshine, then the occasional storm is a common occurrence. For example, Paris is typically suitable for visitors, it does not get too cold, nor does snowfall often, in fact, it is uncommon to find snowfall. Brest has high precipitation in the last three months of a year–October through December, so you want to avoid the Brittany area in those periods. You may meet people who are also visitors and fewer residents around July/ August. If you are not sure why this is, it is because the French people are also on vacation. It is the season for tourism, and workers are out for fun too. The overall atmosphere is different with locals off-duty, so services that you find easily might become rather hard to come by. Hotels cost higher, restaurants are closed, few places stay open for part of the day, no more 24 hours service. Hanging posters on doors tagged “jours fériés” is a common sight for French shops and workplaces. They display this phrase when out of service. But tourist attractions stay open in the holidays of Spring or Summer. Major days like Christmas, New year, 1st May, and French National Day get almost all workplaces closed. On unofficial celebrations, shops in city centers may remain open for some hours. Another interesting thing about holidays in France is that when it falls on either Tuesday or Thursday, workplaces remain closed on the preceding Monday or following Friday. Overcrowding from tourists is a major concern for France, in 2018 alone, 90 million tourists traveled to the country. The influx brought noise pollution, littering, and other disturbances that worried natives. In 2019, residents of a small alley, Reu Cremiuex, complained that their streets had become a hell for them due to tourists’ activities. Unless you can handle the constant flow of suffocating crowds, avoid France in these periods. Traffic Jam in Paris is the worst in Europe under normal circumstances, so imagine when millions of people use the same roadway with thousands of tourists alike. If you want to avoid complications with crowds and road use, think about some other times for the tour. Tourist buses, especially double-deckers, have been pointed for scrutiny lately, as they pose threats to locals and tourists. Halfway through 2019, the police recorded over 200 infringements of the law linked to tourist buses. Tourists in Paris, Lyon, or Marseille who are not used to bumper-bumper level traffic will find it especially difficult in this city. Aggressive tourism in the country takes its toll on both visitors and residents. Visitors may come in peace and have no intentions to harm the residents or their environment, but events resulting from massive influx harm the locals. The locals are less receptive when there are too many tourists, affecting your experience in France substantially. If you want to go to Paris or other regions, it is advisable to go from April to June or September to November. The residents are more welcoming in these periods as lesser people will be around, and overcrowding is less common.