People seem to be football mad this year! First Euro 2016 and now the UEFA Champions league. With such a focus on European football, we thought now is a better time than ever to create a guide to a few of these champion cities.
Paris (221 miles – around 4 hours)
Being the host city of UEFA Euro 2016, Paris has experienced the thrill of being the epicentre of the footballing world. It has had a significant impact as Paris S.G. are, at this moment, placed second in The Champions League. Make sure you visit both the Parc des Princes and the arena built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the Stade de France, as they are international stages worthy of any great occasion. Looking for somewhere to watch the match while drinking a nice English ale? Head over to The Bombardier which is a fantastic English pub serving a full range of ales and bitters on draught.
Barcelona (863 miles – around 13 hours)
Barcelona is arguably the football capital of the world, so a road trip to this glorious city is a must. It is essential you go to Camp Nou, the largest football stadium in Barcelona. This breath-taking structure needs to be seen from the stands in order to be believed, so buy a ticket to a match and fully immerse yourself in the passion of the Barça fans. Once you are done experiencing the enthralling energy of the match, you can retrace the footsteps of FC Barcelona’s legendary players in the museum. Finally, for those die-hard fans, grab a bite to eat at Los Caracoles – a restaurant popular with the most illustrious stars.
Munich (645 miles – around 10 hours)
If Barcelona isn’t your thing a trip to the city of the most successful German football club, and one of the most well-known clubs in the world, makes a worthy alternative. Be sure to visit what is considered to be the most modern stadia in Europe, the Allianz-Arena, which houses both Bayern Munich FC and their rivals, TSV 1860 Munchen. This rivalry affords an impressive light show from the 3,000 diamond-shaped cushions which light up in different colours on match days: red when Bayern play; blue when their local rivals TSV 1860 Munich are at home.
Wherever your road trip takes you, ensure that you get off to a good start or finish on a high note. Holiday Inn Express Folkestone offers a comfortable night’s sleep and is the closest hotel to the Channel Tunnel.
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