Winter getaways pricier this year

SKI BREAKS: A popular alternative for Christmas.

WINTERTIME has arrived meaning many people are renting cottages and chalets so they can get away for a few days and enjoy some skiing. 

Others might prefer relaxing by the fire with some hot chocolate and a good book. In any case, these winter getaways are a popular alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city during the Christmas period. 

Owing to this popularity, prices for rented residences have seen a slight increase this year, according to data released from real estate portal The average price in 2016 for a chalet or cottage near a ski resort is €562 a week, a rise of 0.4 per cent compared to 2015. However, the prices are 2.8 per cent lower than they were four years ago.  

Winter rentals come in all shapes and sizes, and not surprisingly, in all price ranges. The survey by indicated the gap between the most expensive and cheapest weekly rate is €672. A handful of high-end chalets in the Pyrenees of Lleida cost the most, charging an average weekly price of €1,006. 

Those looking for more of a bargain may want to head to Segovia, where the average weekly price is €372 a week, or to Fuentes de Invierno in Asturias (€387) or La Rioja (€394). 

Miguel Angel Alemany, general director of said “residences at the foot of the ski slopes have recoved very well in recent years, but there are also many nearby municipalities where there are great opportunities at excellent prices.”

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