During Euro 2016, which will take place in France from 10 June to 10 July, why not make the most of following your national team to discover the tournament’s host cities at the same time?
If you’re not coming to Paris “just” to visit the city but also to enjoy the Euros, get ready: from bars in the 5th arrondissement (around Saint Michel and rue Mouffetard), to the Fan Zone on the Champ de Mars and matches at the Parc des Princes, the capital will live and breathe football for a whole month!
Even though Lyon now has the Grand Stade (the home of Olympique Lyonnais), that doesn’t mean that supporters have forgotten the legendary Stade de Gerland, the club’s former stadium. On that note, why not make the most of your stay in the capital of the Gauls to take a guided tour of the stadium and to (re)discover this place from a different perspective, as unexpected as it is fascinating.
You’ll certainly be surprised to discover that Marseille is a city that never sleeps, where there is always something to do. After visiting the Basilica locals call the “Good Mother” and exploring the Panier and Old Port areas, why not get stuck into a lively beach soccer match on one of the city’s many beaches? Even if you’re on your own, you’ll find plenty of people to have a kick-about with!
Under its sensible exterior, Bordeaux is actually a party city which is great to wander around, along rue Sainte Catherine in particular, which is the perfect place for a drink after a match at the Matmut-Atlantique stadium. If you’re in the mood, being in Gironde can also be a chance to discover wine country, with guided tours and tastings in many of the region’s vineyards.
An absolute must in Nice is a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, admiring the sunset over the Mediterranean. Or maybe you’d prefer to make the most of being at the Allianz-Arena to visit the National Sport Museum, with its special new Goooal!! exhibition dedicated to the Euros.
Before your match at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, what would you say to hitting the artificial ski slope for a spot of skiing in the middle of summer, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region? You can do just that at Noeux-les-Mines, which boasts a 320-metre slop for an experience that is unique in Europe and which will show you a different side of this little-known region.
After watching your team win at the Stadium de Toulouse, you might be a bit peckish: a perfect opportunity to try the (hearty) local fare, such as cassoulet, sausages and fénétras, in one of the many welcoming local restaurants, particularly in the old town and the Capitole area.
If it’s your first time in Saint-Etienne, you’ll quickly find out how proud the city is of its football club, ASSE, whose players are nicknamed “The Greens” after their shirt. The locals love their team so much that there is even a museum dedicated to the team, located within Geoffroy-Guichard stadium. A perfect opportunity to get up to speed before the match kicks off.
Whether in triumph or defeat, Lille is a city that loves to party, as you’ll very quickly realise when you visit! Whether drinking a local beer in one of the bars in old Lille (not far from the Grand Place) or eating moules-frites, there’s always something to do, even in the middle of the night!
Though Saint-Denis is known mainly for its Basilica (where the Kings and Queens of France are buried), it’s the Stade de France that is now the city’s biggest draw. Did you know that you can take a tour around this legendary stadium? You can explore its passageways, sit in the changing rooms and discover the view from the presidential box: a unique experience!