I do love jetting off on a Winter break throughout the colder months – wrapping up warm to explore a new or favourite city, when all the festive feels are going on, the Christmas markets are twinkling away and the mulled wine is on tap. Whether it’s with a partner for a romantic rendezvous or gathering a group of girls or guys, Jet2CityBreaks have selected some of the best Festive destinations with package deals included.
If you fancy a french getaway, then I recommend France for a Winter getaway with Jet2CityBreaks. One of my favourite cities in the world is the city of love, and so Jet2 holidays flew me to Paris for a midweek break. Sourcing the many Christmas markets, wandering around the beautiful scenic streets and dining in as many cafes that offer French Onion soup made for a fantastic 5 days in the city.
I flew from Leeds Bradford Airport early on a Monday morning and 1.5 hours later arrived into Charles Du Gaulle Airport where a transfer is already arranged and waiting for you to transport you to your Jet2 hotel. I stayed at Les Jardins Du Marais, located centrally and perfect for a couple of nights away. Be sure to grab a cocktail or glass of red in their bar during your stay, but for meals I recommend venturing out as Parisian restaurants and French dining in general is too good to miss.
Head to a little cafe called Au Pied Du Sacre Coeur (right by the Sacre Coeur) for the best French Onion Soup you will ever taste (order their fries too) and for evenings I love L’Avenue (pricier but so worth it) or Ruc (their steak tartare is incredible).
The best Christmas market I visited was the one in Jardin Des Tuileries, bound to get you feeling all festive if you weren’t quite there yet and serving up some of the most calorific but spectacular food I tasted during my 5 days in the city. From the French waffles and the hot chocolate, to the mulled wine, the Churros and the hot dogs… ok I’ll stop now.
Some of the many other Christmas markets in the city are Marché de Noël at Notre Dame, Le Village de Noël at Les Halles, Abbesses Christmas Market at Montmartre, Village de Noël at La Défense and Marché de Noel at Saint Germain des Prés but there are so many to choose from, you’ll only be able to visit a few.
I will never visit the city without making a least a nearby trip to the Eiffel Tour, it really is stunning up close and afar and at night with it’s glittering lights, is always a photographic highlight of the trip for me. Whilst transport is quickest on the Metro in Paris, I try to walk as much as possible everywhere as the city is just so picturesque and fairly compact distance wise.
Fast forward 4 days, an abundance of fantastic food, a great many miles walked and more Christmas markets consumed than Santa and his many elves could manage, I’m now planning next year’s pre Christmas break… perhaps Copenhagen or Berlin?