When we think of Christmas markets, our first thought goes to Germany – the home of festive cheer. But when it comes to bargains, another surprising European city has come out on top as the best value destination for a Christmas market break this winter.
It has been revealed that Toulouse, in the south of France, offers the biggest bargains for Brits who are after a Christmas shopping trip within Europe, with an average price of just £112 per person for a two-night break. This includes both return flights and accommodation.
The result was announced by holiday comparison site TravelSupermarket, who ranked the average prices of holiday packages in 35 short-haul cities who have Christmas markets, along with the average prices of eating out in each city. Their research showed that Toulouse was closely followed by yet another city in southern France as Nice ranked second for a cheap Christmas market getaway at the price of £166 per person.
Düsseldorf in Germany placed third with holiday prices at £127 per person, while Florence (£128 per person) and Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria (£128 per person) were also in the top five.
The travel agency also offered some valuable advice for those looking to fly out for a Christmas break this year with Emma Coulthurst from TravelSupermarket, saying: ‘Pick a less popular Christmas market destination in Southern or Eastern Europe, such as Lisbon, Sofia, Seville, Florence or Barcelona and you are more likely to experience the city as a local.
‘Lower demand at this time of year means it is a great time to experience these cities with less crowds and for less money.’
Earlier this week, we reported that Amsterdam is the most popular destination for a Christmas break among Brits, with over 3,800 flights departing from UK airports during the month last year to arrive at Schiphol Airport. However, based on TravelSupermarket’s findings, perhaps we should all reconsider?