For the holidays, you want to get away? But where to go in December to enjoy it? Here are some travel ideas to make the end of 2019 unforgettable!
Where to go in December to spend the holidays in the sun?
To get a change of scenery for the holidays, Thailand is a great choice. In the land of smiles where the cost of living is up to five times cheaper than in France, you can easily enjoy the comfort of a luxury hotel in an all-inclusive package and bask in the heavenly beaches of Phuket or Koh Samui for example. Scuba diving enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy the rich and varied seabed in Thailand with its idyllic water temperature
For sunbathing not far from Paris, head for Las Palmas, the capital of the island of Gran Canaria. Beyond its superb colonial architecture, Las Palmas has a beach in the heart of the city. Las Canteras is even one of the longest city beaches in the world at 3 kilometers long. As an added bonus, it has a beautiful promenade lined with restaurants and stores. There is plenty to do during your vacation between two sunbathing sessions. And then when you want to see other beaches, just go to the rest of the island, you'll be spoilt for choice: Maspalomas, Gui Gui, del Inglés beaches..
If you want to be warm in France in winter, Guadeloupe is the perfect destination! With its two largest islands, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, separated by the Salt River, there is no shortage of long, dreamy beaches... The turquoise waters of Guadeloupe and the fine sand are yours. Then there are the small islands, including Marie-Galante, Désirade and Saintes, rich in coves and more secret heavenly beaches. Guadeloupe is really a small pearl of the Caribbean for beach pleasures! To leave at this time of the year is to choose the ideal season: just after the end of the year celebrations starts in Guadeloupe the carnival! From thefirst Sunday of January, you can attend parades.
December is not part of the high tourist season but you may be surprised by some of the prices. Think about anticipating your trip to the sun!
Going to the Caribbean in December is an opportunity to experience Christmas in a totally different way
Where to go in December to brighten up your year-end with a city trip?
At the beginning of December, if you want to see a lot, go to Lyon. It's the Festival of Lights and for a few days the city is transformed into a jewel with many artistic light installations in its heart. Most of its monuments are beautifully illuminated too. It's a real life-size fairy tale not to be missed!
When you say Christmas, you say Christmas markets! In Belgium, it's a real tradition, and not only in Brussels. The beautiful city of Bruges, the Venice of the North, is transformed every year into a splendid Christmas village. The Markt square is the center of the festivities with an ice rink, stalls selling typical Christmas items, but also mulled wine, chocolate and waffles
In other European countries, such as Germany, the traditional Christmas markets are just as beautiful. But one of the most famous German markets is in Erfurt. It has a giant Christmas tree - 25 meters high - and a magnificent nativity scene with 14 life-size wooden figures. Set up around the Domplatz, it offers more than 200 stands selling a multitude of typical products of the Thuringian region of which Erfurt is the capital.
Where to go in December to celebrate December 31st in style?
If you dream of an original New Year's Eve, we recommend the city of Valparaiso in Chile. The party goes on outside all night long, especially because of the magnificent, and mythical, traditional fireworks on December 31! It is one of the most important fireworks shows in all of South America. And then the next day, you are free to explore this beautiful city perched in the hills and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you get higher, you'll be able to appreciate the magnificent landscape Valparaiso has to offer.
For more fiestas, Amsterdam is also a great destination on December 31. Its compact city center is ideal for walking from one party venue to the next without having to take a cab. And, good news, Amsterdam is full of bars and clubs of all kinds for all budgets. To get your strength back in the evening, you can indulge in "oliebollen", a typical Dutch sweet doughnut
To party in Europe on December 31, Edinburgh is also a very good place. The streets, especially Princes Street, are alive with concerts, DJ sets and funfairs, with the beautiful Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop. And at midnight, a sublime fireworks display, fired from the castle, lights up the city!
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Where to go in December for a family vacation?
You want to enjoy our beautiful country at the end of the year? Why not spend Christmas in the mountains? Petit Futé shares its travel ideas with you in its article on where to spend Christmas in the mountains.
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To avoid the winter blues, you can make a return trip to Casablanca. Temperatures are much milder there, and in fact they are pleasant all year round. You will benefit from affordable prices thanks to the low season. Travel agencies offer cheap flights from Paris. With these savings, you will enjoy your excursions more.
Another exotic destination for your loved ones, the wide open spaces ofArgentina will welcome the whole family with pleasure. Don't forget to bring warm clothes if you want to try an excursion to Tierra del Fuego! If you prefer to do a loop tour of the country, you can take advantage of all the climates Argentina has to offer in December. Between the sub-zero temperatures of Tierra del Fuego and the tropical climate of the north, you are likely to be overwhelmed by the multiple facets of this South American country.
You've filled up on travel ideas for the month of December. Petit Futé hopes that you will take full advantage of your vacations to have a great New Year's Eve and a happy holiday season!
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