Spring Break 2024: avoid these 3 destinations if you’re afraid of crowds, the French will attack them

Spring is the French’s favorite time to travel. Last year, 38% of those who went on holiday preferred spring, well ahead of winter (21%), summer (20%) and autumn (13%)*. If the season is synonymous with longer daylight hours and rising temperatures, it also signals the return of… crowded destinations.

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How to go on vacation away from the crowds?

But while 74% of the French have already given up visiting a tourist location due to overcrowding**, how can you spend your holiday away from the crowds? Firstly, by very logically avoiding cities systematically overloaded with tourists in proportion to their population – such as Dubrovnik (Croatia), Venice (Italy), Bruges (Belgium) and Rhodes (Greece)***. Then by looking at the ranking of the trendiest destinations, often updated by experts in the tourism industry, and possibly choosing stays confuse.

Marrakesh, Lisbon and Rome: 3 most popular cities for spring break 2024

Majorelle Garden, in Marrakech © iStock

However, Liligo.com has just revealed the most searched cities on its platform for the period from April 6 to May 13, 2024. And according to the travel comparator, it is Marrakech (Morocco), Lisbon (Portugal) and Rome (Italy) that are at the top. spring plans of the French.

A typical yellow tram in Lisbon.A typical yellow tram in Lisbon © iStock

These cities are far from expected, but they regularly appear in the top destinations of travelers in France. Rome, for example, is the most popular city for the Easter weekend***. As for Marrakesh and Lisbon, they are simply the most sought-after destinations by the French last year, in all seasons combined.

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The 10 most sought-after destinations by the French for spring break 2024

City, country, average ticket price during this period

  • Marrakech (Morocco): 318 EUR
  • Lisbon (Portugal): €194
  • Rome (Italy): €196
  • Istanbul (Turkey): 282 EUR
  • New York (United States): €531
  • Porto (Portugal): €177
  • Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe (France): €733
  • Barcelona (Spain): €147
  • Dubai (United Arab Emirates): €560
  • Bangkok (Thailand): 783 EUR

* Based on a Tourlane study conducted during the summer of 2022.
** Based on an Opinion Way study for Evaneos conducted in January 2024.
*** According to the Holidu.fr index, the European cities most crowded with tourists
**** Based on flight searches conducted on Kayak.fr for flights departing between March 29 and April 2, 2024 from French airports.
***** Search for trips from France between January 1 and December 31, 2023 on the Liligo website.

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