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Weather IN FALL in Burgundy, Provence, Cote D'Zur

WE are planning for 3 weeks in France spending the majority of our time in Burgundy, Provence, Cote D'Azur. Our dates are absolutely flexible and in general we enjoy being outdoors wherever we travel. We will be doing some biking, kayaking, beaching, swimming?, wine tasting, outdoor eating, and just enjoying "the way of life". In terms of weather, crowds, places being open, would we be better to go mid September to beginning of October or arrive towards the last week of September and stay until mid October.

Thank you so much for your input.

Posted by
1993 posts

I prefer late September to October, and hopefully you will be there when the grape vine leaves turn gold and bright orange/red. This is why the region is called the Côte-d´Or.

Posted by
3803 posts

For the best chance of catching fall colors in Burgundy vineyards, you should be there around mid to late October.
So I would also pick "late September to mid-October" and I would start with Côte d'Azur (land in Nice if possible), then head west to Provence and north to Burgundy.
The weather would probably be better the other way around, but fall colors in Burgundy are incredible. I'd happily forgo outdoor dining to enjoy them.

Posted by
501 posts

If you want to beach and swim, you are better off arriving in the middle of September in the cote d'azur. (no guarantees, however). The beach clubs start to close down from mid to late September, depending on the beach. The water is warm, however. Early October can still be good but it can be dicey the further you go into the month (but hey, I dined on the beach in late November this past fall - but in a light jacket)

Then head to western Provence and end in the fall colors of Bordeaux.

Posted by
268 posts

As a former resident of Bourgogne for several years, autumn can be quite nice on a dry day. My advice would be to move from south to north on your sojourn, unless you're starting in late October. I'm not sure how much you can take in of "the way of life" with just a few weeks, but you should be able to get a very, very, general and superficial sense of whatever areas you choose to visit in that short time.