Since the UEFA championship 2016 is taking place right now, we thought it would be a good idea to put France in the spot light. In case you didn’t know where to go or what to do when you’re not busy supporting your team, check out the France guidebooks Favoroute has!
The quarter finals will be taking place at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Stade Pierre Mauroy is a multifunctional arena that can be converted to a large concert venue or smaller indoor sports. The stadium is equipped with a retractable roof, which can be opened/closed in 30 minutes. The stadium will host 4 group matches, a round 16 match and a quarter-final.
Lille is a city in the north of France, close to the Belgian border. This city is sometimes known as the Paris of the north, but also as the perfect mix of Antwerp and Gent. Lille may be France’s most underrated city, but it has transformed from an industrial metropolis to a cultural and commercial hub.
So if you find yourself wondering around Lille there are many things you can do! Visit the oldest part of the city, Vieux-Lille, the little streets with historical monument will take you back to the 19th century. In-between you will discover hip new bars and restaurants with delicious food!
Stade de France is located in Paris and is the largest stadium in France, it is also the stadium where the French national team plays its most important home matches. Stade de France will host four first round group matches, one round of 16 match and one quarter final.
Paris, the city of love and light, with more than 2 million inhabitants, Paris is one of the largest cities in Europe. The city is split by the river Seine in two parts and is divided into 20 arrondissements. Due to this divide every single neighbourhood has its own unique culture and environment.
Not sure what to do in-between matches? How about visiting the Luxembourg Gardens for a quick picnic. Maybe a quick trip to the most recognised symbol of Paris, the Eiffel tower, or the Louvre!
Stade Vélodrome was built in 1938 to serve as a playing venue for the World Cup. It was touched up several times including for the Euro 2016 tournament, these works included reconstruction of the two principal stands, the roof, and increasing the capacity by adding another 7,000 seats.
During Euro 2016, Stade Vélodrome will host four first round group matches, of which one of the French national team, a quarter-final, and one of the two semi-finals.
Wondering around Marseille is always a fun thing to do! Marseille like many ports around the world may seem a bit rough at first sight, but once you start exploring the city you will feel the warmth and the charm of the Mediterranean.
The key attraction of Marseille is the city itself – the atmosphere, flux and throbbing beat of a big port city full of all the people of France’s former colonies. However there are some places you must visit! The Old Port is one of them and has always been Marseille’s focal point for things such as celebration and protests. Forts on the side of the entrance were built both to keep the enemy out but also in the forlorn hope of keeping the Marseillais themselves under control.
Discover more of Marseille’s history with this guidebook!