Every season of the year has a special charm and although it sometimes seems that we flee from the cold that comes with winter, there are many who look forward to the season that ends the year and begins the following twelve months. Winter has colors, flavors and celebrations that make it special, so we are sure you would love to live it with us.
In Montpellier, as we have already said several times, we are fortunate. The city’s Mediterranean climate allows us to enjoy hot and sunny summers, perfect for spending the day on the beach shore, and winters that are cool, with temperatures that are not so extreme and that allow us to enjoy activities at all times and the cultural events that take place in the city during the winter months. Montpellier is the destination of choice for many to escape the harsh European temperatures and, of course, to enjoy the French lifestyle.
Les Hivernales is one of the most awaited events throughout the year by the inhabitants of Montpellier and its visitors, being one of the most important Christmas markets in France. Throughout the month of December, the Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle is filled with Christmas decorations and small stands in the form of chalets where it is possible to find products from the region, perfect for tasting Christmas flavours or for buying small gifts. In addition, an ice rink, a small carousel and various shows make it a fun experience. You can’t leave there without trying a glass of Vin Chaud.
In Montpellier we are not only lucky to have a unique climate, but we also have a diversity of landscapes that makes it easy for us escape to the beach during the summer or to the mountain during the winter. In the cold season, one of the favorite plans for many is undoubtedly to escape to the Cévennes National Park during the day to ski the Mont-Aigoual Mountains or to spend the afternoon playing with the snow.
Open Sud de France
One of the country’s most significant sporting events takes place every February at the Montpellier Arena, the most important sports center in the region. The city’s tennis tournament is the 3rd most important in France and it managed to occupy the top positions in the country in less than a decade. For a full week, tournament attendees can enjoy four courts open to the public, two with games and the other two for training.
During the winter months, various festivals attract thousands of visitors annually. Electronic music lovers will not want to miss the “I Love Techno” festival that has been held in the city since 2015, after being moved from Belgium to southern France, and which brings together the best DJs in one place and attracts more than 20,000 spectators. Another festival that seems to please more than one is the Truffle Festival, where attendees have the opportunity to discover and taste the so-called “black diamond”.
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