Favourite French winter destinations

While France may be synonymous with summer holidays and ski resorts, there are plenty of places that are perfect for long winter breaks. 

We know that travel is still uncertain, but there’s no time like the present to plan next year’s winter getaways. Here are some of our favourite French winter destinations, that are all the more magical in colder months. 

Chamonix

Winter sports are just as important to the French as croissants, which is why Chamonix is one of the best places to visit in France in the winter.

The magical resort is home to stunning scenery and the iconic Mont Blanc. 

Besides the views, there are plenty of restaurants for you to hunker down in come sunset.

Strasbourg

Situated in the Alsace region of France, Strasbourg is the epitome of winter in France. 

Bordering Germany, the pretty town has a definite Germanic feel to it, as well as plenty of traditional German food and drink on offer – the perfect excuse for Gluhwein! 

Wander around the pretty streets and duck into quaint shops before heading to a cosy pub!

Beaune⁠

⁠This fairytale medieval town situated in the heart of Burgundy wine region is the perfect place for a long winter weekend.  ⁠

⁠Whilst it may not be as warm as summer months, you can still enjoy wine tasting and tours throughout the year. ⁠

Aix en Provence

⁠Loved by Hemingway, Zola, and Cezanne, Aix en Provence is one of the ritzier towns in the region and is a year-round destination. ⁠

⁠The winter is the perfect time to explore the town thanks to fewer crowds! ⁠

Lyon⁠

⁠France’s second largest city is a year-round destination, and winter is the ideal time to explore the city without the usual hustle and bustle of the city. ⁠

⁠Admire the charming city and take advantage of the city’s incredible cultural offerings. ⁠

⁠Besides the historical sites, there are plenty of places foodies will love too! ⁠

Menton

The sleepy village of Menton is located on the glamorous Cote d’Azue, and is just steps away from Italy. 

Known for its Mediterranean climate, charming buildings, and azure seas.

The perfect time to visit in winter is between February and March, during their annual Lemon Festival.

Paris

We need no excuse to visit Paris – whilst spring and summer see revellers enjoying the banks of the Seine, in Autumn and Winter the light casts a magical glow across the whole city. 

There’s still a buzz about the French capital in winter, and the pretty Christmas decorations are straight out of a movie set.

Nantes

⁠A list about our favourite French winter destinations wouldn’t be complete without Nantes.⁠

⁠The capital of the Vendee, Nantes is a vibrant city year-round, and there’s no shortage of things to do. From the museums, to the chateau, the medieval streets, to the high-end boutiques. ⁠

⁠Whilst we may not be open during the winter, come May half-term the city is still quiet compared to summer months! ⁠

Don’t forget to head over to our Instagram @votre_vacances to see these winter wonderlands.