During school holidays, especially Easter and the end of the year, the snow prevails over the sun. Vacations by the sea during the cold season are, in most cases, reserved for couples without children. Even if the holidays are an opportunity to spend holidays in the sun with the family, the French prefer by far to spend their stay in the mountains, skiing, or in the countryside. According to tourist service providers, bookings during the winter are increasing in number each year. Like what spending holidays in the cold is far from scaring the French.
Why go on vacation during the winter?
french-snow-villageWinter vacations are, in many ways, much more relaxing than summer vacations. The main reason is the reduction of tariffs. Indeed, even if going on vacation during the winter seduces many French families, this period is still considered to be out of season. Therefore, the prices are more affordable. Tourist sites are free. You can really enjoy your vacation, without stressing about queues or worrying about reservations. If you used to leave for the Basque Country during the warm season, you might be surprised by what this destination has to offer you during the winter. At first glance, this country seems to be a real vacation spot for the summer. But it is just as interesting during the winter. Outdoor activities are more enjoyable. Hiking trails or surf spots are totally available to you. Unlike the summer holidays, the beach will not be crowded with people. When it comes to accommodation, you won’t have to look far. Ametza,this campsite near the village of Espelette is open until October, and offers spacious and comfortable accommodation, with the possibility of a covered terrace for their customers. You can decide to escape for the weekend, and take the opportunity to discover this authentic Basque village. Several interesting places like some museums or even some castles remain open in winter. The other benefit of winter holidays is the change in scenery. Nature takes on different color hues. Even the sunset is more beautiful. You may go to a place that is familiar to you, but feel like you are somewhere else.
Activities to do during the winter holidays
french-snow-skiDuring the winter, skiing and dog sledding are considered top activities. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to find a destination with enough snow to go skiing. Therefore, the majority of vacationers prefer to turn to indoor amusement parks. Ice palaces today attract the attention of many tourists. Sleeping in caves or igloos has become the favorite activity of vacationers during the winter. Some ice palaces have even truly been converted into luxury hotels. Interesting activities such as diving in frozen lakes are offered here. Other hotels even offer music and dance lessons during the stay.
If you decide to stay at home during the winter holidays, it’s not so bad since it allows you to reconnect with your family. You will have the opportunity to share with your children the joys of snowball fights, or the art of skating. Organize a snowman contest in the garden, with a good hot chocolate as a reward. You can also have fun inventing indoor games together. You can choose to simply curl up in front of a family movie. The good thing about winter is that you need to cover up. As a result, you forget your complexes. Winter is one of the rare occasions when you can give in to the call of raclettes and chocolates. So, for a day or two, take advantage of your moments of relaxation totake your family to visit Bayonne , the first chocolate town in France. On site, you can enjoy a fondue in a cabin, suspended a few meters from the ground. What to spend holidays both fun and original.