With a mild climate, loads of sun and short winters, the South of France promises successful holidays throughout the year, whether on the coast, in the hinterland or in the mountains.
Provence Sun is not a Myth…
Do you like the sun? Then you’re in the right place! With 300 days of sunshine a year, thanks to the famous mistral wind that clears up the sky, Provence sets records for amazing weather! Here, rainfall is low, particularly along the coast. As for temperatures, winters are mild, but can be cold – or even very cold, especially inland, where the Alpine influence is felt. Don’t worry, winter is short. From March, temperatures are spring-like. It’s the time to sport your sunglasses for the first lunches on the terrace.. In summer, the thermometer hits in the 30s. Visit between March and June or September and November, when the mild temperatures are ideal for exploring Provence!
… Neither is Alpine Sun!
If you head north, the sun will still be shining! Our Alps boasts sunshine well above the national average, equivalent to that of Provence: 300 days a year. Rain is rare here. The Mediterranean mountain climate of the Southern Alps varies depending on altitude and terrain. The Mercantour, Ubaye and Queyras can be covered by a metre and a half of snow in a day. Haute-Provence, for its part, is subject to the influence of the mistral. Here again, it’s in off-season that the Alps reveal their true beauty. In spring, the sun is shines as nature awakes. In autumn, the larches don dresses in shades of ochre.
What about the Côte d’Azur?
Sun and Warmth!
The Côte d’Azur spoils travellers throughout the year. From January, take the intoxicating Route du Mimosa. Then, in February, dance to the beat of the floral and fruity corsos. Spring is the season in full bloom that will ravish all your senses. It’s at this time of year that the mistral blows its strongest, revealing a sky of the purest blue. The summers are warm: temperatures reach an average of 26° in July-August. But the heat, moderated by the sea breeze, remains bearable. In search of cool? Take refuge in the hinterland! Marked by a few storms, the off-season serves up magnificent days, when a warm sun caresses massifs that are still sprinkled with magnificent flowers.