J’adore L’automne: The Best Autumn Destinations in France

by Mallory Knee

 J’adore l’automne: a common phrase in France that goes to show how beautiful a trip would be. Check out some of the best autumn destinations in France here!

France in the fall is a sight to behold. The golden leaves, crisp air, and empty streets are just a few of the reasons why autumn is the perfect time to visit the romantic country. Whether you want to explore the French countryside or walk along the cobblestone streets and urban parks in the big cities, there are so many wonderful options to choose from for autumnal travel. The country has four different climate zones, so you’ll have a wide range of time to get to France and take in the striking color show. Below we’ve listed some of the best autumn destinations in France for you to visit during your upcoming vacation—you’ll be glad you decided to visit the breathtaking country in its off-season.

Haute-Marne

In this northeastern region of France, you’ll find one of the biggest artificial lakes in Europe, Lac de Charmes, which is surrounded by beautiful trees boasting vibrant foliage. Although it’s not too far from Paris, Haute-Marne is still off the beaten track and truly breathtaking, full of forests, fields, rivers, and ancient towns that feature some of the quaintest autumnal aesthetics.

Limoux, Occitanie

Located in Southern France, Limoux is covered in vineyards, which make for a splendid sight of varying shades of gold and burnt orange. You may have heard of the area for its invention of sparkling wine, and fall is the best time to come and drink it. Various small wine shops and bars allow for a lovely day of exploration and relaxation while you take in the fall air.

Strasbourg, Grand Est

Capital of the Grand Est region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is full of tree-lined streets—so a midday stroll will provide you with beautiful views and wonderful memories. Head to the city’s two largest public parks, Parc Palais du Rhin and Parc de l’Orangerie, for blissful views

Paris, Île-de-France

You may have doubts about this urban locale, but Paris is actually a marvelous haven for autumn-lovers. Strolling the streets is an option, but there are also plenty of opportunities for leaf-peeping in the city’s many beautiful parks. Some of our favorites are as follows: Jardin des Tuileries (or the Tuileries Garden), Parc des Buttes-ChaumontBois de Boulogne, or—if you’re feeling spooky—Cimetière de Montmarte.

Aveyron

The charming region of Aveyron is a place full of magical villages located on high ridges, where you can get lost in the fall feel. It’s a wonderful destination for people who love painting or photography, but it also makes for a soothing vacation of long and beautiful walks where the scenery constantly changes. You’ve never seen a wider spectrum of colors than on the trees in Aveyron.

The Luberon, Provence

France’s Provence region is a beautiful place to behold. Hundreds of vineyards showcase their dazzling fall colors, and the various quaint towns offer some of the most quintessential French village vibes. We love the Luberon, a mountainous area in the region, for that reason as well—consider staying in a remote villa in the area to experience some incredibly unique views.

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