When many people think of the glitz and glamour of the Cote d’Azur, they imagine warm waters, summer festivals and hot, beating sun. However, even though the French Riviera welcomes far more visitors during the summer months, it remains somewhat a hidden treasure in winter time, with just as many magical experiences on offer. So if you fancy exploring the South of France without the hustle and bustle of the summer season, why not visit in December!
December may signal the start of the winter season on the Cote d’Azur, but that doesn’t stop the sun from shining down across the beautiful towns in the South of France. Though it may not be as warm as the summer months, the French Riviera boasts a very pleasant climate throughout the cooler season. In the daytime, the average temperature can vary between 10°C and 14°C, so while you may want to wrap up come the evening, you can still enjoy a coffee and a croissant outside during the day.
Snow & Sand
Do you prefer cool winter or warm sunny breaks? Because on the Cote d’Azur, there’s something for everyone. In the winter months, holiday-makers don’t have to make a choice between snow and sun – it’s possible to have both in one day! Why not enjoy a morning taking to the slopes in the Alps before heading down to the coast for lunch by the seaside? Even those that don’t ski can make the most of the winter snow with tobogganing, or maybe even just a cosy meal overlooking the mountains. The sparkling blue sea looks just as beautiful in the winter as it does in the summer, though it may take a more seasoned swimmer to take a dip, as though the weather is warm, the sea can be chilly in December!
Explore Quieter Attractions
In December and January, the French Riviera welcomes approximately 50,000 tourists a day – a fraction of the 650,000 visitors that flock to the French hotspots in August. Though some of the French Riviera’s tourist attractions close over or reduce their opening hours in winter, this will a wide variety of different museums, galleries and other attractions to visit – all without the bustling tourism that is present in the height of summer.
Aside from the usual Mondays, many of the Cote d’Azur’s museums and galleries only close for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
A winter break on the French Riviera would not be complete without wandering around the magical Christmas Markets. From the beginning of December to the start of January, Nice, Cannes, Antibes and Saint Paul de Vence are transformed into fairytale towns filled with sparkling Christmas lights and colourful decorations. Enjoy some mulled wine, warm crepes or perhaps even some champagne as you stroll around the festive stalls selling gorgeous and unique stocking fillers.
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