5 things to do in Provence in winter
1.Go skiing in the Alps
The Alps offer many nice ski resorts which generally open from December to March. Some are more family oriented, other are more expensive and prestigious. If your are travelling with children, try La Foux d’Allos, Praloup or Les Orres. These ski resorts have received the “Famille Plus Mountain” label, a national label to approve facilities available to families with children.
2. Visit the Christmas markets in Provence
In a previous article, we presented you the Christmas traditions in Provence, one of them being the Christmas markets. Avignon hosts the most important Christmas market from November, 24th to January, 1st. And to learn more about the Santons, go to Arles’ International Salon of Santons.
3. Experience Nice Carnival
The main event on the French Riviera in winter is certainly the Nice Carnival which takes place from February 15th to March 6th 2013. More than 1000 dancers and musicians from all around the world will gather for 15 days of parades and entertainments. Book now your hotel in Nice if you want to attend !
4. Visit the museums in Nice and Antibes
Many artists have decided to stay in Nice and Antibes over the years. The two towns therefore propose great museums. In Nice, do not miss the Matisse Museum in a beautiful pink house surrounded by olive trees. Visit also the National Chagall Museum where the 17 paintings of his Biblical Message are presented. In Antibes, stop at the Grimaldi castle and visit the Picasso Museum, one of the most important museums dedicated to the Spanish painter. The castle was actually Picasso’s atelier for many years.
5. Discover Provence gastronomy
What better thing to do when it is raining outside than to enjoy exquisite meals? Provence has so many traditional dishes that it will take you months before you could taste them all. Socca, farcis and pisalladière in Nice, ratatouille, Camargue bull stew, aioli and bouillabaisse in Marseille… : so many gastronomic treasures !