You might picture France as a place of hot summer beaches and snowy winter ski resorts, but this country has a lot to offer all year round. There’s plenty to discover, and when you visit in the off-season you’ll be rewarded with fewer crowds, cheaper accommodation and a more authentic local experience. Check out these French autumn holiday destinations and start planning your mid-season break today.
Biarritz, the surfers’ paradise
This city recently played host to the world’s leaders at the 2019 G7 conference, but it’s long been a favoured destination for the planet’s rich and powerful. Even Napoleon took a break from campaigning to relax in this idyllic city. During the summer months the beaches are jam-packed full of tourists, but in autumn you’ll have them (almost) all to yourself. The sea is warm enough to swim in until November, and you can expect temperatures in the 20s. In fact, Biarritz is famous as a surfers’ paradise, attracting attention from around the world. Fancy swapping the surfboard for a snowboard? The Pyrenees mountains are only a couple of hours drive away. Where else can you get that kind of choice?
Marseille boasts stunning architecture
One of the most beautiful cities in France, Marseille boasts architecture to rival even that of Paris. Take a trip to the stunning Basilica and the Museum de Notre-Dame de la Garde, soaring high above the surrounding city. Walk around the historic docks, take a boat trip around the world-famous Calanque, and immerse yourself in a fantastic historic coastal city. Best of all, if you visit in autumn, you’ll avoid the summer crowds and high costs.
Arles, the south’s best-kept secret
A hidden gem nestled along France’s southern coast, Arles is a great place to spend an autumn holiday. Although it’s not as large or as famous as the other cities we’ve recommended, Arles has a charm all its own. It was a major Roman city, and the Amphitheatre they constructed still stands at the heart of the city. Arles boasts a beautiful old-world charm that contrasts with many of the high glitz and glamour found elsewhere in this region. The nearby Camargue, a UNESCO Heritage site, is even home to wild horses and flamingos. If you’re looking for something a little different this autumn, Arles is a great place to go.
Explore the south of France this autumn
Great weather, cheaper rates and fewer crowds. What more could you want? Pick one of these fantastic destinations to get away from it all this autumn.