When is the best time to go to the Provence-Côte d'Azur?

When is the best time to go to the Provence-Côte d'Azur? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Provence-Côte d’Azur, the weather is good everywhere in May, June, July, August and September
  • The best months to go to Marseille are April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • On average, the warmest months in Marseille are July and August, and the coldest months are January and February
  • The rainiest months in this city are October and November
  • The cities with the best climate are Fréjus, Saint-Aygulf, Saint-Raphaël and Roquebrune-sur-Argens, with good weather at least 9 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Marseille are July, August and September

Annual weather in Provence-Côte d’Azur

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Provence-Côte d’Azur for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 29°F to 54°F
3 to 6 days*
February 29°F to 56°F
3 to 6 days*
March 32°F to 61°F
3 to 6 days*
April 41°F to 68°F
4 to 8 days*
May 50°F to 74°F
2 to 10 days*
June 58°F to 85°F
2 to 11 days*
July 61°F to 90°F
1 to 11 days*
August 59°F to 90°F
1 to 7 days*
September 50°F to 81°F
2 to 7 days*
October 43°F to 72°F
4 to 6 days*
November 36°F to 63°F
4 to 8 days*
December 31°F to 58°F
3 to 6 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Provence/Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) by cities

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The best months to go to Marseille are april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.



The best months to go to Aix-en-Provence are april, may, june, july, august, september and october.



The best months to go to Antibes are april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.

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Temperatures and rainfall in Provence-Côte d’Azur

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Provence/Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Antibes, Avignon and Cannes, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Provence-Côte d’Azur

Find out when Provence/Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Provence-Côte d’Azur

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, November and December. The number of visitors to Provence/Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) is high in: April, May, June, July, August, September and October.

  • Very low season in Provence-Côte d’Azur: January, February and March.
  • Low season in Provence-Côte d’Azur: November and December.
  • High season in Provence-Côte d’Azur: April, May, June, September and October.
  • Peak season in Provence-Côte d’Azur: July and August.

Figure: Visitor index for Provence/Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) month by month

Average price for flights to the Provence-Côte d'Azur

A return flight between London and Marseille is generally cheaper if you go in march ($ 53 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 38 more for your airline ticket to Marseille if you go in august.

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Where to go in Provence-Côte d’Azur?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
La Ciotat52°F54°F58°F63°F68°F76°F81°F81°F76°F68°F61°F56°F


perfect weather

good weather

tolerable weather

bad weather

very bad weather

About Provence/Côte d’Azur (French Riviera)

What can I do in Provence-Côte d’Azur?

Beaches / swimming

Nature and countryside

Culture and heritage


Family travel

Crafts / shopping



Is this weather information for Provence/Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) reliable?

Climate data for Provence/Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Provence/Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) allows us to determine the average for each month in Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Antibes, Avignon, Cannes, Cassis, La Ciotat, Lavandou, and 92 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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