5 Reasons Why Paris is Better in Winter
One of Europe’s favourite cities, Paris is a tourist hotspot at all times of the year. The busiest time, though, tends to be during the summer months even though winter is when Paris really comes alive. Here are just a few reasons why Paris is the perfect winter holiday destination.
1. It’s (a little bit) quiter
As mentioned above, the most popular time of year to visit Paris tends to be in the summer when everybody has their holidays. That means the beautiful city is a little less busy in winter, which really makes a difference when waiting in queues at the Louvre or Eiffel tower.
With fewer fellow-travellers you can also be sure to book flights and Paris accommodation a lot more easily. If looking for somewhere comfortable in the city that won’t break the bank, then take a look at the self-catering Paris apartments on offer from All-Paris-Apartments.
2. The Champs-Elysées all lit up!
From November until January, you can look in wonder at the lights all along the glowing Champs-Elysées. Lit-up trees line France’s most famous street for two months, with the 300 trees at the Rond-Point roundabout at the bottom the clear highlight (no pun intended) of the display.
3. Christmas Markets
From mid-December you’ll find Christmas markets on almost every second street in the French capital. The best are found at the Trocadero Gardens (near Champs de Mar Metro), La Defense market (near La Defense Metro oddly enough), and the enchanting little Lapland in Paris, Place St Sulpice (near Saint Sulpice Metro).
4. The Winter Food
French winter food is especially enjoyable for those with a bit of a sweet tooth. From yule logs to raisin bread and almond tartlets, there is something for all kinds of patisserie lovers.
And warm yourself up after your tasty treat by ordering a Parisian hot chocolate, probably the best in Europe! For those looking for something more savoury, a nice French onion soup will do the trick!
5. Ice Skating on the Eiffel Tower
As you can imagine there is not so much opportunity for ice-skating in the summer months in Paris. In December, though, it’s a different story!
From late December to February you can skate on the first floor of the world’s most famous tower. There is no better place to ice skate than 60 feet above the Parisian ground and with one of the best views there is.