Are you travelling for the football in France this summer? Ditch the flight and drive to make the most of your journey here are some of our top places to balance holiday, fun and football this year!
The French capital will be a fantastic atmosphere this summer, with thousands of football fans in the city to enjoy the festivities! The drive from Calais to Paris will take you about three hours – but if you’re looking for some countryside we would recommend taking the coastal route via Le Touquet and Abbeville! You can explore the countryside North of Paris and see fantastic cities like Amiens, Senlis, Chantilly and Beauvais! Cheer on Northern Ireland (their first trip to a major championship in 32 years) in Paris when they take on Germany in the group stage on the 21st of June.
The wine capital of France is playing host to some key matches during the football tournament this summer. The drive from Calais to Bordeaux will take you about eight hours, but the best time to travel to this area is in the summer- so make the most of it and give yourself a few days to take the journey. Rouen is a fantastic place to stop once departing Calais, here history awaits you at around every corner- the city has more than fifty religious buildings and in the heart of the old town you can set your sights on the Cathédrale Notre-Dame which is one of the largest and most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France. Another fantastic place to stop is Le Mans, be sure to check out the Roman Wall- the wall is almost 1200 meters long and it is truly an amazing site that you won’t want to miss. As for the football in Bordeaux, you’ll have the chance to see both Wales ad the Republic of Ireland in the group stages. Cheer Wales when they take on Slovakia on the 11th of June and the Republic of Ireland when they take on Belgium in on the 18th of June.
Travelling to see Great Britain rivals England and Wales take on each-other in the group stage in Lens on the 16th of June? The drive from Calais to Lens will only take you about ninety minutes via the A26 or A25 routes- we would suggest driving straight there! Once in Lens, you’ll have the opportunity to visit France’s newest UNESCO world heritage site, the Nord-Pas de Calais mining basin. The long landscape (over 120km) includes 87 mining villages, 51 slag heaps, some of them covering 90 hectares and exceeding 140 metres in height! UNESCO defined the region as an “organically evolved” cultural landscape, part of a list of “distinct geographical areas or properties uniquely representing the combined work of nature and of man”. While it is a unique world heritage site, it’s worth a visit if you are in the area!
Travelling to Nice to cheer on Northern Ireland for their first match against Poland? While it will take you longer to get to – if you’ve got the time there are some fantastic stops to take along your journey! Nice is blessed to have that Riviera vibe, you will be able to enjoy it’s fashionable boutiques and sun drenched beaches! Driving from Calais to Nice will take you about 10 hours if you go straight through- we would suggest making a few days of the journey to enjoy the scenery. take in the French culture and see some football! Why not spend the night in Saint-Étienne on your way back where you’ll be able to cheer on England on the 20th of June when they take on Slovakia in the group stages.
Planning a drive to join the football fun this summer in France? Start your trip off well-rested and spend the night at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone- the closest hotel to the channel tunnel!