Cheap flights to Geneva
With an old town ripe for exploring, full of winding cobblestone streets, gothic cathedrals and ancient city walls, Geneva has the historic charm that you would expect from any Swiss city. And being at the foot of the Alps, it also has a natural beauty that is hard to beat. Think lakeside promenades, parks and cafes complete with snow-capped mountains and you get the picture. But don’t go thinking this city is all history and no buzz. You’ll be hard pushed to find a more cosmopolitan place in Europe.
Geneva is home to international organisations such as the Red Cross and United Nations, to name a few, and is a modern city full of upmarket restaurants and hotels, with a nightlife that is more pumping than you’d expect. Rooftop cocktail bars, lakeside terraces, live music haunts and techno blaring dance clubs are all here catering to Geneva’s diverse population.
During December, Place de la Fusterie is festooned with decorations, crafts and gift ideas. Enjoy some vin chaud and a crepe before getting your skates on at the open-air ice rink opposite.
Celebrating all that is great about autumn, the annual Les Automnales festival of art, entertainment and food takes over the Palexpo convention centre on 8-17 November. In addition to exhibitors from all over Switzerland showcasing their expertise in everything from cheese to furniture, there will be some added mysticism with a special stand dedicated to astrology and tarot (30 Route François-Peyrot, automnales.ch).
For a pleasant winter walk, head to Parc des Bastions at the foot of the Old Town. Tree-lined paths wind around the park, where giant chess boards prove popular with the Genevois and tourists come to marvel at the austere Reformers' Wall.
Just an hour's drive from Geneva, Mégève is a glitzy but charming chocolate-box village full of fairy lights, fashionistas and fabulous food. Whether you hit the slopes or stay in town, the mountain views are glorious.