France Weather in April

The weather in France in April is very pleasant for travelers who don’t like the heat. Spring is there, flowers and trees are blossoming. Morning can be cold but from mid-day, it gets warmer.

April may still be rainy in some of the French regions, especially near the mountains and by the Atlantic ocean. If you want to avoid rain, you should consider coming to France between mid-june and mid-september, this is the dryer season.

In Provence & the Riviera it’s already feeling like summer on some days.

Leonard de Serres - ADT Touraine
Chenonceau gardens - © Leonard de Serres - ADT Touraine

Festivals and Events in France in April

What to do in France in April ? April is just the beginning of the festival season in France. Because the weather may still be unpredictable, there are little festivals outside.

These are the main events in April:

  • “Printemps de Bourges” music festival (one of the biggest pop music festival in France)
  • Deauville in Normandy Easter classical music festival
  • Spring fair in Avignon on the last week of April
  • Bayonne in the Basque Country hosts the traditional Basque choirs on the 3rd week-end of April
OT Hendaye
Children with traditional Basque Costumes - © OT Hendaye

Best Places to visit in France in April

If you wonder where to visit in France in April, we will answer you: the Loire Valley & Paris !

Chaumont-sur-Loire

With its International Gardening Festival opens mid-april. This is an amazing place to visit for people interested in gardening. We go there EVERY single year and we are always amazed by the creations. Passionate may even spend 2 days there without being bored.

Chateau de la Bourdaisière

The Plants Festival in la Bourdaisière castle in the Loire Valley is a local event in a very pretty castle. Spending an afternoon there is very pleasant. Discover unknown plants but also chicken and stroll La Bourdaisière amazing kitchen garden.

Paris

Stroll Paris streets and discover the seasonal exhibitions while they just start. Paris is still busy with Parisians in April but not yet with too many tourists. That's the right time to take a romantic stroll in Montmartre district

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La Bourdaisière kitchen garden - © France Just For You

Best Things to do in France in April

In Carpentras, Provence

Taste the first strawberries of the season in Carpentras strawberry festival on the third week of April. Enjoy the Luberon villages when the crowds haven’t arrived yet and taste the local wines from Mont Ventoux.

On the French Riviera

Take the sun in Nice on the Riviera and if you do like locals, take a bath in the Mediterranean sea before the crowds arrive. 

In Burgundy

Discover Burgundy vineyards on a bike on a sunny day. Stop at wineries and have a picnic with great views over La Rochepot castle.

 

Get more ideas on the Best Things to Do in France.

Alain Doire - Bourgogne Tourisme
biking in the vineyards - © Alain Doire - Bourgogne Tourisme

FAQ about traveling to France in April

  • How hot is France in April ?

Nowhere in France will be hot enough to prevent travelers from enjoying they road trip. 

The average afternoon temperatures are 14-16°C 57-61°F in the northern part of the country and 17-19°C 63-66°F in southern France. 

Get more details on the temperatures in each French region on our FAQ about the French weather. 

  • Where is the warmest in France in April ?

The warmest regions of France in April are Provence, Dordogne, Carcassonne and the French Riviera.

  • Is April a good month to visit France ?

April month is perfect if you fear the heat and if you like the "spring feel" of the blossoming flowers and trees.

Travelers who enjoy warm weather may consider coming later in the year. 

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