When we think about the South of France, most people will probably cast their mind to the sun, beaches, perfect blue waters and everything that signifies summer. However, the places we now think of as summer hotspots started life as winter resorts for those seeking warmth from colder climates.
The South of France on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea is just one of many fantastic places in Europe where the British travel to on holiday in the winter to enjoy the last sunshine of the year. The beauty of France at this time of year stretches from the Alps and Pyrenees, covered in snow and packed with skiers, to the south coast. The south still offers you the chance to enjoy the mild and sunny weather, with temperatures hitting around 15 degrees Celsius.
If you book one of our luxury villas in South of France with a heated pool, you will be getting the beautiful winter sun, coupled with a gorgeous villa and a heated pool, perfect for a holiday in the cooler weather. These are some of the best destinations to visit when on your winter break in the South of France.
Cannes is the perfect place for those looking for a little style and class, making the town perfect to visit any time of the year. In the winter months, Cannes is somewhat deserted, with the summer sun seekers gone. It is a prime location for exploring the local area too, being a short drive away from Antibes and Nice.
St Tropez is the playground for the rich and famous throughout the summer, but it is very different in the winter sun when the town is a lot quieter and allows for more breathing space for those visiting. The beaches, such as Plage de Pampelonne and Plage des Salins, are blissful places to sit back and relax upon. Even the boutique shops and restaurants are free from tourists, giving you more opportunity to lap up the luxurious atmosphere of St Tropez.
The neighbouring principality in the South of France makes for a wonderful day trip location. There are several winter activities to do in Monaco, from ice skating outdoors to ice-karting. The grandiose yachts in the harbour are moored for the winter, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, spotting the biggest and best of the yachts after a morning ice skating.
In the summer, the Camargue region is full of locals and tourists, yet winter tells a different story. The area falls on the migratory route for many birds, and so anyone with interest in wildlife should check it out, as the several thousand birds of various species stop over for a breather. A favourite is the pink flamingos, whose plumage becomes more vibrant in the winter as they prepare for the mating season.
No matter the time of year, Nice is a buzzing and vibrant city. Not only is it a wonderful place for a family holiday in the winter, but there is also still a lot to see and do in the cooler months. A highlight is the Nice Carnival, one of the biggest in the world, that is held annually in February on the French Riviera. Watch the huge floats go by, take part in the Flower Parade and take a ride on the giant Ferris Wheel.
Why Does France Make For A Great Winter Destination?
There are several reasons why you should head to the South of France, and other parts of the country during the winter months, with one of the biggest benefits being the lower costs. Airfares and accommodation costs can be found at a reduced rate, saving you a lot of money.
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