Explore the countryside of Andorra
© Flickr user Rodrigo Gómez Sanz
For many, wintertime isn’t quite complete until they’ve seen snow falling with their own eyes, built a snowman or jumped around and made a snow angel with their loved ones. I certainly love winter – the feeling of warming up with a hot chocolate after a long day exploring is like no other.
Travelling with my husband and our dog means that I prefer to drive when we travel around Europe, as it means that I can keep my eye on our furry baby during the entirety of the trip (and I have no limits on how much luggage I can take!). Check out my top snowy breaks in Europe for some inspiration on where to travel to this winter, or plan ahead for next year’s snowy escape.
Drive from Calais: 11h 40m
A tiny country between France and Spain, Andorra is a beautiful place to enjoy some snowy weather. Home to one of the country’s five ski resorts, Grandvalira is almost guaranteed snow, especially between December and March. There are plenty of other activities to enjoy besides skiing, with local tour operators offering up helicopter tours, paintballing, snow buggies, snow bikes and even igloo building (you can also stay in one if you’re brave enough!). For more information, check out Andorra’s tourism page here.Travel with style through the snowy mountains.
© Flickr user Rodrigo Gómez Sanz
Dolomites, Northern Italy
Drive from Calais: 13h
With temperatures dropping to -5°C, the Italian Alps are the perfect place for a winter holiday in the snow. A UNESCO natural heritage site, you can spend your days traversing vast glaciers, riding horse-pulled sleighs and exploring the scenic villages, such as Chiusa/Klausen, which can be found throughout the mountains. Find brilliant shopping opportunities in the town of Ortisei, as well as beautiful local cuisine wherever you go. Hearty Italian foods such as pasta, pizza and cheese are a favourite in the Dolomites, perfect for filling you up after a day hiking through the snow.
Drive from Calais: 8h 50m
Courchevel, in France, is known as one of the best places to ski in the world, but there’s a lot more on offer in this snowy haven. Part of France’s Les Trois Vallées region, Courchevel is ideal if you’re looking for a luxury break, with plenty of five-star restaurants to wine and dine in. For a restaurant with a view, venture to the restaurant at Hotel L’Allodis, in Meribel. Sweeping views of the alps compliment a stunning menu by chef Alain Piouzané, who serves up classics such as foie gras and tournedos Rossini.Find your perfect winter escape in Courchevel.
© Flickr user Campus France
Drive to Calais: 11h 46m
While most Nordic countries are slightly too far to travel to, Denmark provides a strong likelihood of snow while still being within driving distance. On average, February is the coldest month in Copenhagen, with average temperatures sitting around 0°C and regularly dropping below freezing. If you don’t mind travelling a little farther, Gothenburg is just a few hours further north and is pretty much guaranteed snow each winter. Copenhagen’s beauty takes on a new element during the chilly months, when its colourful buildings and cosy cafés offer the ideal sanctuary from the cold.Spend winter in the frosty romantic city of Copenhagen.
© Flickr user Thomas Rousing
Travel to Europe for a snow-filled winter escape and visit our top snowy destinations. With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, you can travel from Folkestone to Calais in just 35-minutes.