Weather in France in November

Is November a good time to go to France?

Popular ski resorts offer good package deals and travel costs are low. It’s wet for most of the month, but it’s a great excuse to escape the rain into quiet museum halls and decorated galleries for hours at a time, and then enjoy a coffee at a high street café and watch the world pass by. To avoid disappointment, note that some attractions, hotels and restaurants, especially in smaller towns, close for the winter. 

Climate in France in November

South France is the warmest area, often in the mid-teens (60°F), but the rest of the country hovers below 10°C (50°F) for most of the month, with alpine and northern regions regularly dropping below zero (0°C, 32°F). While its warm in the south, it’s also particularly wet with an excess of 120mm (4.7in) in some spots and the rest of the country is typically below 90mm (3.5in). Beware of flooding, especially in the south, and take storm warnings seriously. In addition, there will be snowfall in alpine areas, and possibly in the north as well.


What’s on in France in November

Good food, fine wine and great music, what better reason is there to go to France in autumn? The Reims Jazz Festival in Champagne is a good excuse to cut loose and enjoy the winter vintage while dancing to famous and upcoming jazz artists, while the Beaujolais Festival offers good wine and local traditions without any tourist frills. Similar festivals include the Annecy Wine and Food Festival and the November Cider Festival in Normandy.

Art and nature lovers should visit the exhibits at the International Festival of Animal and Nature Photography and the Cannes Dance Festival is one of the best exposes of modern dance trends. There are many events on Armistice Day on 11 November, particularly in Normandy. Finally, the Strasbourg Christmas Market is the first of many winter markets to follow in the build up to Christmas. 


What to pack for a holiday in France in November

Pack dark coloured synthetic clothing because it dries faster than wool or cotton and won’t show dirt easily in the wet weather. Bring a few long sleeved shirts, trousers and a pair of jeans, thermals, warm jerseys and a warm waterproof coat or a raincoat. Warm hats, gloves and scarves are essential for hikers and snow sport travellers, but come recommended for city travel too. Closed toed shoes or trainers are okay for city dwelling, but in the wet weather boots are first prize and are essential for those going to the Alps or alpine areas. Finally, pack something smart for a special evening out because some events and restaurants require formal attire.