Brazilian carnivals might be too far, but Nice Carnival is not far behind as an experience – and much easier to get to. Held in February every year, this gives a great option to avoid the summer tourist season and yet enjoy a lively holiday, at the beautiful town by the French Riviera. Watch Nice at its celebratory best, with your travel companions and hundreds of locals. The crowds are enough to keep you warm during these last days of winter. Don’t miss out on the Flower Parade, Main Parade and the sparkling Parade of Lights once the sun goes down.
Scheduling tip: There are no events on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays so you can easily plan sightseeing of nearby landmarks on those days.