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What to Do in France This Winter

Tourists generally choose summer as the time to travel to France, though this is a country which is beautiful at any time of the year. Winter especially is a season which takes on a magic quality.

In winter, rural landscapes are completely transformed by snow. Iconic landmarks like the Grand Palais and the Champs Elysees are covered in dazzling fairy lights from head to toe. City squares come alive with outdoor Christmas markets, and public ice-skating rinks stay open throughout the night. Better yet, tourist crowds have long since departed so you can explore your favorite museum without worrying about a queue!

The following are things to do in France this winter.

Winter in France

History and Culture in Aix-en-Provence

There is so much to do in Aix-en-Provence, and cultural attractions take center stage.  Between the architecture and the city’s heritage and its monuments, a walking tour combined with a stroll around the historic city is a must for any traveler here.

The best thing about traveling during winter is the lack of tourism. Wander the streets and rub shoulders with the locals. Visit some of France’s finest museums without waiting in a queue.

The Granet Museum is one of the most popular in Aix-en-Provence. It has an impressive collection of works from the 14th to the 20th century, by Ingres, Rembrandt, and Cézanne.

Chamonix Mont Blanc for Cross Country Skiing

Those looking to try their hand at winter sports should consider travel to Chamonix Mont Blanc. Cross-country skiing is particularly popular here, and France is one of the top destinations in Europe for the sport.

Chamonix offers some truly tranquil cross-country ski trails suitable for both beginners and those suited to more energetic runs. There are many adventure companies in the area that offer guides, tours and lessons.

Second photo by Francesco Crippa

Stay Warm in Marseille

The South of France is a fantastic destination for those who are looking to enjoy a more moderate climate … because winter in France doesn’t have to be all about the snow!

Travel to Marseille to take advantage of off-peak season while still enjoying a mild climate. Organize accommodation for a few nights and use Marseille as your base for exploring the greater region. Rent a car and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of day trips throughout the South of France.

Tremblay-en-France For the Shops

Booking a hotel in Temblay en France is a great idea for those who love to shop. Nearby Aeroville is a huge complex, and winter visitors can take advantage of the massive after-Christmas sales.

Enjoy the Mediterranean in Montpellier

Montpellier is another destination in France with a mild winter climate and sunny days. This is truly a Mediterranean gem.

A vibrant and dynamic winter destination, cultural events continue through the winter season with concerts, shows, festivals, and fairs, and there is a fantastic local vibe as university students return to Montpellier after their break. Bars and nightclubs actually start to get busier during winter for this reason, and the party atmosphere rivals Europe’s best.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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