Euro 2016 is a matter of weeks away and for the first time in our lifetime a major international tournament will see England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland all competing. That means that fans from Britain and Ireland will be descending on France to show support for their team. Whilst the football is obviously the priority we will look at the options available in France for fans when they look to relax or look for activities to do between the games.
Starting with Paris, many fans will travel via the Eurostar which takes you into the capital. As well as that, Paris boasts two fine football stadiums which will host Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. You can follow their journey and the latest odds with Betway Sports who will have every game covered in the tournament. A lot of fans may use Paris as their base whilst they follow their team around the country and the obvious and main attraction is the Eiffel Tower, which was declared the most valuable monument in Europe because of its worth to the French economy. Standing at 1,050ft it is the main attraction in Paris and brings tourists from all over the world to view it. The city is also known for its culture, and it is home to some of the most famous museums in the world, none more so than the Louvre, which contains to the Mona Lisa amongst some other world renowned work. If sight-seeing isn’t for you there are countless bars and coffee shops that you can relax in as you take in some of the finest fashion shops in the city.
If Euro 2016 has postponed the traditional family holiday of sun, sea and sand then don’t worry because you can still find that in France. There are many beautiful beaches along the coast and other parts of France that may be close to the areas that you want to travel too, this may be the perfect way to keep the family happy! For British fans the standout fixture is England v Wales which will be played on the 14th June in Lens, so we can expect tens of thousands to make the journey to Northern France. With an afternoon kick-off that will leave a lot of time for fans to explore both Lens and potentially other parts of Northern France, including Lille. You can find a range of options in this part of the country, from war monuments, museums, to great places to eat and drink to celebrate or commiserate.
Overall, France is a great country to host Euro 2016, they have some excellent stadiums and for fans there is so much to do. Whether it’s seeing some of the most famous landmarks in Europe, soaking up the sun or just relaxing and mixing with the locals, you can enjoy more than just the football when you are out there.