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Futuroscope

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Expect the unexpected... Get away to one of France’s most popular amusement parks and the only one of its kind in Europe! Absorb the fantastic, fun and fairy-tale Futuroscope atmosphere with over 25 original experiences waiting for you in stunning attraction theatres, as heart-thumping adventures, outrageous thrills, mind-blowing journeys, the fairy-tale evening show and fascinating attractions deliver delights to suit all tastes and ages!

Parc Astérix

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Situated north of Paris, Parc Astérix is only 2hours from Calais and easily accessible from the motorway A1. It is an ideal stopover on your way to your holiday or on your return. Just make sure you pack a change of clothes, you will get very wet! Laughter, good humour, the chance to share moments with family and friends, in 2016 you can come and enjoy some sensational experiences at Parc Astérix. Discover 6 themed worlds, 39 attractions each crazier than the last, and 5 irresistible shows! Parc Astérix is a dazzling adventure based on 7 big thrill rides, 19 attractions for the entire family and 13 attractions for Little Gauls, including the Forest of Idefix. From classic big dippers to an inverted coaster and a Gallic bobsleigh: at Parc Astérix, there’s plenty of adrenaline to go round, and each attraction is different. Take a deep breath, you’re in for a bumpy ride!

L’Ermitage du Bois Joli

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This magnificent estate once belonged to a local noble family who lived there for many years. 29 years ago Martine and Pascal fell in love with it and decided to buy it to set up their restaurant.

Domaine de la Bien Assise

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Nestling in the countryside but just minutes from the sea, Castel Camping de La Bien-Assise is a campsite, hotel and restaurant which enjoys an exceptional location in the 37 acre grounds of a Château. It is a great stop off point between the UK and the continent.

Saint-Denis: the second Fanzone in Paris

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From football to art, we take a look at some of the best things to see and do in Saint-Dennis. Whether you’ve been to France or not, you’re more than likely to have heard of Saint-Denis, Paris, a northern suburb in the City of Love, which is home to the famous Stade de France. This summer, Saint-Denis will welcome visitors from all over the world for football matches between the likes of France, Romania, Iceland and Austria. As well as the football, visitors can enjoy ancient basilicas, modern shopping precincts and more. Read on to find out what Saint-Denis has to offer.   Fanzone Built in 1998, the Stade de France has long been a top destination for football fans. Over the years, this magnificent stadium has hosted some truly exciting matches, including their World-Cup-winning match in ’98. This year, visitors to Saint-Denis can join the football fanatics at the Stade or watch the matches from the designated football Fanzone. The official Fanzone will be held near the Basilica of Saint-Denis, with giant screens broadcasting the matches throughout the competition. The whole suburb will be buzzing with a contagious atmosphere, but nowhere will it be more exciting than at the Stade and the football Fanzone. The Stade de France will be full of football fans. ©Flickr user Mickaël T. What to do Rue Jean Jaurès market Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, Rue Jean Jaurès is transformed into a bustling marketplace, with over 300 market stalls selling everything from tasty treats to antique furniture. Rue Jean Jaurès is next to the Basilica of Saint-Denis in the centre of town, so it’s the perfect way to start your day exploring Saint-Denis. Pick up a crêpe and a Café au lait and browse the many stalls – you’re unlikely to walk away empty handed. Pick up a crêpe at the local market. ©Flickr user Marco Ooi. Museum of Art and History Not too far from the football Fanzone you’ll find the Museum of Art and History, one of Saint-Denis’ must-see attractions. The museum, which was established in 1901, was previously located at the former Hôtel-Dieu, before being moved to an ancient convent that once belonged to the Carmelites (a Roman Catholic religious order) in 1981. The museum houses an impressive collection, including an entire wing that is dedicated to the history of the Carmelites and a many works by multitalented artist, Francis Jourdain. In addition to the spectacular artworks and objects, the museum has a lovely garden which has been designed to stimulate the five senses, with over 30 types of plants. Where to eat Chez Rosette As you probably know, French cuisine is amongst the best in the world and the abundance of fresh produce and artisan products make dining out a real pleasure. There are plenty of great restaurants in Saint-Denis, so you’ll never have trouble picking a spot to eat. Chez Rosette is a popular choice, serving up fresh fish, hearty stews and, of course, delicious desserts. Dig in! Where to drink The Frog and Rosbif For delicious craft beer and tasty grub, The Frog and Rosbif is the place to be. This centrally located pub has a massive range of in-house beer, from crisp blonde lagers to dark ales. As well as the large selection of beers, The Frog and Rosbif serves up American-style food. Think pastrami sandwiches, mac and cheese and, of course, burgers. Where to stay Courtyard Paris Saint-Denis While there are plenty of hotels to choose from, the Courtyard Paris Saint-Denis is our top pick. This 4-star hotel has high-speed Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and is only a short Metro ride from the football Fanzone at the Basilica of Saint-Denis. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the Stade de France, transport is easy for you too – you can walk there in under 25 minutes!  Get to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Drive to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle – it takes just 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais. For suggestions on where you can stop during your drive from Calais to Saint-Denis, read our driving guide here

Travel to Saint-Denis for the Football 2016

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Heading to Saint-Denis for the football in 2016? Road trip your way there with our helpful guide. This summer, one of the world’s biggest football tournaments is happening in France, and it’s set to draw thousands of visitors from all over the world. Heated matches will take place throughout the country, kicking off in Lens and finishing in Saint-Étienne. The second destination in this football extravaganza is Saint-Denis, a northern suburb in Paris. Driving to the football from the UK is easy with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, and there are plenty of great places to check out along the way. This is our guide to road tripping from Calais to Saint-Denis. About Saint-Denis Tucked away in France’s northern suburbs, Saint-Denis is home to magnificent architecture, colourful markets and, most famously, the Stade de France. Visitors can spend their days exploring the Basilica of Saint-Denis, dining at delicious restaurants and, of course, watching the football matches, either at the Stade or at the designated football Fanzone. From Calais to Saint-Denis There are two main routes you can take when driving to the football from Calais: a coastal route that goes west from Calais before heading inland, and another which goes inland and down through Arras. Whichever route you choose, there’s lots to see and do along the way. Here are a few of our favourite spots. Coastal Route Stop One: Berck Sometimes known as Berck-sur-Mer, this coastal town is a lovely place to take a break on your way to the football. Take a stroll along the seaside, brush up on your local history at the Municipal Museum and, if you’ve got time, why not play a round of mini golf? Then, pick up a croissant at one of the local boulangeries and get on your way. Stop Two:Amiens Next stop on the coastal route is Amiens, a city steeped in history and overflowing with ancient buildings and picturesque streets. Main points of interest include the Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and the Musée de Picardie, as well as the city’s many winding canals. There’s enough to keep you busy for days. Take a break in Amiens © Flickr user user ines s. Stop Three: Beauvais At around 45 miles from Saint-Denis, Beauvais is the third and final stop when driving to the football from Calais… and what a great stop it is! Take a dip in the Canada Lake, seek out one of the many golf courses or shop till you drop at Beauvais’ array of boutique and highstreets stores. Inland Route Stop One: Saint-Omer Like many of France’s cities and towns, Saint-Omer has its fair share of beautiful buildings and gardens. If your time is limited, we’d recommend Saint-Omer Cathedral and Le Jardin Public as must-sees. For those with a little more time, La Coupole planetarium (5 miles outside of Saint-Omer) is well worth a visit, especially if you’re travelling with kids. Then, it’s back on the road, football-bound! Stop Two: Arras By the time you get to Arras, you’re bound to be feeling a little peckish, so break for a bite to eat at La Bulle d'O. Head Chef, Olivier Lainé, serves traditional French food with a fine dining twist. Choose from rack of lamb with sweet potato gratin, foie gras with parsnip cream and more. Stop Three: Compiègne Before joining the hustle and bustle of the football crowd, get back to nature in Compiègne, with a walk through its stunning forest. Start at the Château de Compiègne and make your way down the Avenue de Beaux Monts (the main promenade), from there you can walk whichever way you choose. The forest is huge, so give yourself at least a few hours to explore. Explore Compiègne Forest. © Flickr user NicholBrummer Travelling to France for the football? Don't miss out on this year's biggest football event. Travel from Folkestone to Calais with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle in just 35 minutes. Read our destination guide for Saint-Denis here.

Football Fanzone in Lille 2016

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Close to the border of Belgium, Lille is a stunning, multicultural city and will host some of the most exciting football games this summer. The capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France, Lille is celebrated for its diverse culture and beautiful city centre. When you’re travelling for the football this summer, see the most of this thriving city by using our guide to the best things to see and do in Lille. Lille’s Palais des Beaux Arts – Image by Flickr user Alex Toulemonde Fanzone The 30,000 capacity Place Francois Mitterrand, near to Lille’s city centre, will host the official 2016 Fanzone for this summer’s football tournament. Huge live screens will display matches happening in Lille and elsewhere, while live entertainment will be regularly held throughout the football tournament. It’s going to be a great place for football fans to get involved, so if you’re in Lille, check the Fanzone out. What to do Palais des Beaux Arts 15th to 20th century art is on display at the incredible Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille’s iconic Fine Art museum. From top to bottom, you’ll find delicate porcelain and ceramics, archaeology, medieval antiquities, plus works by the big names in art such as Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin and Peter Paul Rubens. Try taking one of the 45-minute tours, which explore specific themes, such as love and the colour blue, throughout the museum collection. Bois de Boulogne The Bois de Boulogne is an impressively large public park that can be found across the canal from the smaller, equally pretty Jardin Vauban. Bois de Boulogne is Lille’s largest park, boasting an amusement park, zoo and children’s playground. It’s ideal if you’re travelling with the whole family as there’s plenty to see and do, especially in the summer sun. The main attraction of the park is the Citadel – a huge 17th century star-shaped fortress, which is a beautiful place to unwind after a particularly lively football match. Marché de Wazemmes Found in the trendy Wazemmes neighbourhood, the Marché de Wazemmes is a popular food market with heaps of character. You’ll find everything here from delicious French cheeses, meats, fish and fruit, to ready-to-eat delicacies such as fresh breads and pastries. On a Sunday morning, this part of town is thriving and is a great place to check out Lille’s diverse community. Where to eat Estaminet 'T Rijsel A traditional restaurant serving Flemish cuisine, Estaminet 'T Rijsel has a wonderful array of beers on tap, which you can enjoy with rich dishes such as Flemish Stew (with beef, cooked in beer, brown sugar and gingerbread), or ham and endives with béchamel sauce and Maroilles cheese. For a casual meal, try the sharing plates. Featuring rillettes, sausage, pate and cheese, they’re the perfect accompaniment to any cold beer. Maroilles is a cheese popular in northern France and you’ll find it on many restaurant menus in Lille. – Image by Flickr user Frédérique Voisin-Demery Where to drink La Capsule La Capsule is a cool, dimly lit bar in the heart of town and has around eight beers on tap at any one time for you to try. With even more rare beers from around the world available by the bottle, it’s a popular spot for beer connoisseurs. La Capsule is a great place to spend an evening with friends, so if you’re travelling as a group to see the football this summer, make sure it’s on your to-do list. Café Oz An Australian-themed bar in the heart of Lille, Café Oz is part of a small chain which offers Australian-imported beers, entertainment and hearty bar food. Aboriginal-style artworks line the walls inside, which provide a vibrant backdrop for live DJ sets and bands. The bar also shows key televised sporting events, so it’s a good option if you’re looking for a change of scene from the Fanzone when watching the football in Lille. Where to stay Hotel Carlton A traditionally decorated hotel with stunning bedroom views overlooking the nearby square, the Hotel Carlton is well located in the centre of town. With such a prime location, all the shops, restaurants and sights you want to visit are within walking distance, making this hotel ideal if you’re looking to pack a lot into your stay when in Lille. Rooms are cosy, comfortable and breakfast is available before you head out for the day. Princesse Apart'hôtel For more independence on your trip to Lille, try staying at the self-catered apartment units of Princesse Apart'hôtel in Lille’s historic district. With 24-hour access, the apartments, they’re a great choice for those planning long days and longer nights. They have all the mod cons you need for a comfortable stay, such as Wi-Fi, a flat-screen television and a fully equipped kitchenette, so you could even enjoy the football at home!  Travelling to France for the football? Make the most of the games this summer and explore the city of Lille with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. For fun things to see and do during your drive from Calais to Lille, find out more here

Football Fanzone in Bordeaux 2016

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The atmosphere at the Chanan-Delmas stadium is sure to be electric! – Image by Flickr user RG1033 One of France's most glorious cities, Bordeaux is an incredible destination with heaps to offer. Here are our top things to do in Bordeaux. The city of Bordeaux will be welcoming thousands of football fans to its grounds and Fanzone this summer, as it hosts one of the year's main football tournaments, with matches between the likes of Wales, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Republic of Ireland and many more. The huge Place des Quinconces boasts France's biggest screen during the event, so even if you don't have tickets to the Bordeaux stadium, you'll want to visit. If you're planning on visiting Bordeaux this summer, there's so much to see and do which will make your stay well worthwhile. Prepare to see grand city squares, incredible museums and galleries, impressive architecture and amazing feats of technology in the city of Bordeaux. Fanzone Bordeaux's Fanzone will be held at the Esplanade des Quinconce, which will boast the biggest screen in France! This summer is a great time to be visiting Bordeaux, which will host four group stage games and one quarter-final match. The Fanzone can hold up to 50,000 people, so it's sure to be a lively event. What to do The Water Mirror Possibly the most interesting spot in the city is Bordeaux's water mirror, locally known as Mirroir d'Eau. Located opposite the Palais de la Bourse, this incredible sight was designed by Michel Corajoud, a landscape architect and artist, and has been in Bordeaux for under 10 years but is already one of the most popular city sights. Two centimetres of water cover a vast granite slab, with the water sometimes undulating to create a huge visual spectacle. It's a great place to visit in the summer as you can take your shoes off and cool your feet in the water! Bordeaux's water mirror by night. © Image by Fabrizio Sciami Marché des Capucins If you're strolling about town on a Saturday morning and are looking for somewhere fun to grab some food before the football, you'll want to pop by Marché des Capucins. Taste fresh oysters and delicious French white wine from one of the many seafood stalls, or simply enjoy walking through the market looking at the delicious fresh produce on offer. You'll find incredible cheeses, olives, fruit and vegetables, meats and freshly-baked goods, along with bursts of colour from the local flower stands. The lovely fresh produce at the Marché des Capucins. © Image by Hailé F Where to eat La Brasserie Bordelaise Join the Bordeaux locals as you sit at barrel tables and chairs, surrounded by bottle-lined walls and a contagious atmosphere. At La Brasserie Bordelaise, dining is fairly laid back but you still have all the fine wines and Armagnacs that you'd expect from a Bordeaux eatery. If you're looking for something other than pub grub, this restaurant serves up delicious steaks, great drinks and a fun ambience which is ideal for celebrating after the football. Where to drink The Cambridge There's one pub in Bordeaux where you'll feel as though you're right back at home – The Cambridge. Serving up English beers in a dark wood setting, The Cambridge isn't the only British-themed pub in Bordeaux, but it's one of the best. You can even get a full English breakfast or fish and chips for lunch. It's a great place to meet fellow football fans. Le Verre Ô Vin If you're going to Bordeaux, you're going to want to try some of the wine for which the area is so famous. While you can taste local wines in restaurants and pubs, nothing beats an authentic wine bar. At Le Verre Ô Vin you can enjoy fine wines in a cosy underground setting, with exposed brick walls and dark wood tables. Don't forget to try some of Bordeaux's amazing wines! © Image by Nigab Pressbilder Where to stay Appart'City Bordeaux Centre For somewhere close to the city centre where the Fanzone is, clean and practical, Appart'City Bordeaux Centre is your best bet. It's got good transport links, in case you don't want to use the car during your stay, and the building is big and colourful so you can't miss it! The hotel is in the heart of the business district, sandwiched between the historical centre and the Chanan-Delmas stadium, so you're near to the football and to the sights and sounds of Bordeaux. Mama Shelter For somewhere with a bit of a younger audience, Mama Shelter is a stylish boutique hotel with both a bar and restaurant attached. It's great if you're travelling in a group and want to stay somewhere with a good hangout space, and there's even a roof terrace where you can have drinks and a bite to eat. Travelling to Bordeaux for the football? Use our guide to make the most of your trip. With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can get from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes. For fun things to see and do during your drive from Calais to Bordeaux, find out more here

Travel to Lille for the Football in 2016

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The church at Dunkirk – Image by Flickr user Daniel Jolivet Football fans are flocking to France this summer for one of the year’s biggest tournaments. Will you be one of them? If so, why not take the time to explore more of northern France, when driving to Lille. Lille is a popular destination and capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, in northern France. It can be easily reached from Calais by car, by following the A16 and A25 roads, which will take you directly to the city. This part of northern France has a dramatic history and is dotted with fantastic towns and villages to visit, so check out some of the top pit stops to make on your journey from Calais to Lille. Dunkirk Famous for its prominent role during World War II, Dunkirk has a lot to offer for visitors. Located on the North Sea coast, around a 40-minute drive from Calais, the town is home to the last remaining French windjammer ship, the Duchesse Anne. Today a museum, the magnificent ship was built in 1901 and was originally used as a training ship for German soldiers, before being gifted to the French after WWII. The Museum of modern and contemporary Art of Dunkirk can also be found in town, which boasts a great collection of art works dating from the 1950s to the present day. The museum is situated in the middle of a scenic sculpture garden, while the building itself is impressive as an example of contemporary architecture, made up of striking white blocks. For a spot of lunch, head to Le Country Grill for hearty burgers and sides such as mozzarella sticks and cream cheese jalapenos. With generous burger portions, it’s great if you’re hungry! Those seeking a more typically French experience might want to look out for Le Marmiton, a quaint local restaurant serving up gourmet French cuisine. Bergues Locally known as “the other Bruges in Flanders”, Bergues is a Flemish town which entered the spotlight following a popular French film, Welcome to the Sticks (in English), which was made in 2008 and featured the town belfry. If you’re a fan, you can join one of the film tours which depart from the town centre. Even without its claim to fame, Bergues is full of charm. The centre of town is overlooked by the pretty church of Saint Martin, parts of which date back to the 16th century. Take a stroll along the town’s medieval ramparts and get great views of the town belfry, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re feeling fit, climb the 191 steps to the top of the belfry to see panoramic views of the town square below. Walk to the top of the belfry at Bergues.© Image by Olivier Duquesne Bergues is also famous for producing delicious Bergue cheese, so be sure to look out for it in town. If you want a sit-down meal, the Taverne Le Bruegel restaurant is housed in a pretty building, decorated in traditional Flemish style inside. Prepare to try some delicious local beers on tap and enjoy hearty soups and stews, along with steaks, sausages and chips. The pretty Flemish restaurant, Le Bruegel. © Image by Jean Robert Thibault Golf Blue Green Dunkirk When driving to Lille for the football, stretch your legs on the golf course near Dunkirk, Golf Blue Green. Made up of two courses, one 18-hole course and one nine-hole course, the Blue Green club is just 10 minutes from Dunkirk by car. It’s an ideal stop to make on your way to the football, as a game of golf is sure to get you in the competitive mood! The club covers a staggering 76 hectares and offers reasonable daily green rates, plus lessons for beginners and advanced players. There’s also a driving range if you’re not looking to play a full game. Grab a bite to eat after a long day on the course at the on-site restaurant. Cassel About 45-minutes north of Lille is the commune of Cassel. Situated on a hilltop, Cassel is a great place to enjoy the sunny weather and take a break from the car. If you head to the top of Mont Cassel, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views over the nearby Flanders Fields. On an especially clear day, you might even see over the North Sea to England! Beautiful views can also be had around Moulin de Cassel, a pretty windmill surrounded by peaceful gardens. This is one of the highest points in Flanders and the views are wonderful, especially during the summer. Nearby are old Roman roads, which are around 2,000 years’ old, as well as medieval walls and a WWI monument. Moulin de Cassel.© Image by Jean Robert Thibault Explore more of Lille and its surroundings, by visiting the official Lille Tourist Office. Travelling to France for the football? With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can get from Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes. Make the most of your drive to Lille and the rest of France using our guide to the city

Travel to Bordeaux for Football in 2016

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Rouen Cathedral is just one thing you can see on your way to Bordeaux – Image by Flickr user not not phil An eight hour drive from Calais, the trip to Bordeaux is full of things to do. Here’s our guide to travelling to Bordeaux for the football. A gorgeous port city in southwestern France, Bordeaux is known as the wine capital of France and is playing host to key matches during this summer’s football tournament. It’s said that the best time to visit Bordeaux is between June and August, so make the most of your trip to the city by planning out your journey from Calais to Bordeaux. The quickest way to get there is by taking the A10 via Paris, however just a few minutes longer is the A28 via Le Mans, so you can cater your trip depending on what you want to see and do along the way. Rouen Rouen is a great place to stop on your way to the football in Bordeaux. Two hours from Calais, much of the city centre is pedestrianised. However, there are designated parking areas in the historic part of town, plus plenty of car parks and street parking available throughout the rest of Rouen. In the town centre, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame is a vast structure and a fantastic example of a Gothic cathedral. When looking for a bite to eat, La Petite Auberge serves up traditional cuisine from the region in a rustic setting. Dine on delicious escargot (snails served out of the shell in a garlic butter sauce) and crusty French bread, before a cheese board or sweet crème brûlée for dessert. Châteauroux If you’re driving to Bordeaux via Paris, a visit to the large town of Châteauroux is worth a pit-stop. The pretty old town boasts 16th century buildings, while the north of town is best for exploring the area’s Medieval past. While it’s not possible to go inside, if you have time to see the beautiful 12th century Château Raoul (which gave the town its name) you won’t be disappointed. Love the outdoors? Check out Châteauroux forest, to the south of town. Here you’ll find fantastic walking and cycling trails through beech and oak forests, home to beautiful wild animals. Rent some bikes, try out horse riding or just take a walk through this scenic part of the French countryside. Angoulême The town of Angoulême is recognised as a “Villes et Pays d'art et d'histoire” which means a Town of Art and History. It’s got a great selection of museums, such as the Fonds Régional d'Art contemporain (FRAC), so you’re spoilt for things to see and do while in town. Don’t miss the Town Hall in Angoulême’s centre, which is built on the site of a former château and still has two of the original towers. If you fancy staying the night or simply want to pick up a bottle for back home, there are loads of wineries in the area to visit, such as the Charlemagne wine cellars in the centre of Angoulême. These cellars have been producing sparkling wine in their 6,000 square-metre space since 1921, and it’s free to visit. Whatever your taste in wine, both experts and novices alike will find it a worthy stop en route to the football. Le Mans If you’re just passing through Le Mans and can only see one thing, make time for its Roman Wall. Boasting 12 towers and surrounding the scenic old town, the wall is almost 1,200 metres long. It’s an amazing sight, with nothing else like it in France. Inside you’ll find timber-framed houses and cobbled streets, while nearby you can find the fine art museum, Musée de Tessé, which is home to its very own reproduction of an Egyptian tomb! If you’re thirsty, head to the Pilier Aux Lumières tea rooms, near to the main cathedral, which serve up delicious teas and cakes.   Saintes One and a half hours north of Bordeaux on the A10 is the historic town of Saintes, which is home to some truly great French restaurants. At La Table de Marion presentation and flavour are equally important, and you can easily see why it’s a Michelin-starred restaurant. The tasting menu will give you a wonderful selection of dishes, such as grilled duck breast and sliced beef, while the modest size of the restaurant caters to those looking for an intimate dining experience.   Travelling to France for the football? With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can get from Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes. Make the most of your drive to Bordeaux and the rest of France using our guide to the city

Visit Prado Beach, the Marseille Fanzone for the Football in 2016

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In southwest France, on the beautiful Côte d'Azur, is Marseille. Known for its bustling port and miles of lovely beaches, this summer Marseille will play host to one of the year's biggest football competitions. England, Russia, the Ukraine and Poland are just a few of the teams that will battle it out at for the chance to be crowned champions. Visitors can experience the action first-hand at Marseille's Stade Vélodrome, or from the designated Fanzone at Prado Beach. Read on to find out more about the football, and what else is on offer in Marseille. Marseille’s Old Port at night © Image by Flickr user Ralf Smallkaa Fanzone If you weren't lucky enough to get tickets to matches at the Stade, Marseille's Fanzone is the best place to catch all the action. The official Fanzone for the 2016 football will be held at Prado Beach and will accommodate up to 80,000 fans! Large screens will broadcast matches throughout the competition (not just those played in Marseile), and the area will come alive with buzzing football fans. And with everything you could need within walking distance, the location couldn't be better. What to do Calanques When you're not watching the football, either at the official Fanzone or the Stade Vélodrome, there's plenty to see and do in and around Marseille. Calanques (coastal inlets made of limestone) are dotted along the coastline between Marseille and Casis, and they're well worth a visit. There are trails of varying lengths to choose from, depending on how many calanques you want to see and how far you want to walk. The view of one of Marseille’s calanques.© Flickr user Ludovic Lubeigt Where to eat L'Atéo A short walk from the Prado Beach football Fanzone, away from the hustle and bustle, is L'Atéo. As you'd expect, this beachfront restaurant specialises in locally-caught seafood, making for a light menu that's perfect for summertime. Dine on delicate scallops and tasty tartare while you enjoy lovely sea views. Finish your meal with something decadent and a glass of dessert wine – delicious! Chez Ida If you like your meal with a side order of karaoke, then Chez Ida is for you! This charming restaurant serves delicious French cuisine, including lamb shoulder and foie gras, accompanied by dining room karaoke. Perfect for groups looking to belt out their favourite tunes, Chez Ida is a great place to unwind after a day of football in the sun. Many restaurants in Marseille serve fresh seafood. © Flickr user Rob Taylor Where to drink Sportbeach If you've ever been to France before, you'll know the French like to have a drink, and nowhere is this truer than on the delightfully sunny Côte d'Azur. After a long day in the sun – exploring the Calanques or watching the football – there's nothing better than a cold glass of French wine. While there are lots of bars and pubs to choose from, Sportbeach has a large outdoor area right on the waterfront, which is great for long summer nights.  Where to stay Pullman Marseille Palm Beach Stay in the heart of the action at the Pullman Marseille Palm Beach. This well-placed hotel is a 13-minute walk to Prado Beach, home of the official football Fanzone, and a short bus ride to central Marseille. Choose from a range of rooms, from classics to suites, and enjoy beautiful views out to sea. There's even an onsite sauna and spa if you're in need of some relaxation. Get to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Get there… with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Journey from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes and from there, Marseille isn’t far away. For places to stop and things to do during your drive from Calais to Marseille, read our driving guide here

Football Fanzone in Nice 2016

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Love football? Join us at the Fanzone in Nice for the football in 2016. If you've ever been to Nice, you'll know what a beautiful place it is. Located in the French Riviera, visitors to Nice can enjoy picture-perfect beaches, vibrant markets, delicious food and, for one summer only, football! Along with nine other destinations in France, Nice will host a series of football matches at its Stade de Nice (Allianz Riviera), as well as broadcasting the action at the designated Fanzone. If you're a football fan planning your trip to Nice, read on for our guide. Nice’s beautiful coastline. © Flickr user Sharon Hahn Darlin Fanzone Over the course of the football competition, exciting matches between Poland, Northern Ireland, Spain and Turkey (to name just a few) will take place at the Stade de Nice. If you didn't manage to get tickets, you can watch the teams battle it out at the official Fanzone. The Fanzone will be held at the Promenade du Paillon and will feature two large screens to broadcast all of the matches from the tournament, including those taking place in the other host cities, so you won't have to miss any of the action! What to do The Old Town Like many European cities, Nice has a picturesque Old Town. Lovely old buildings line winding narrows streets, and the whole area is alive with activity all day and (almost) all night. Look out for the magnificent Cathédrale Sainte Réparate and stop for a short break at one of the many cafes. Musée Matisse Nice is full of amazing museums and fantastic galleries, from the contemporary to the classical, including the Musée Matisse. This famous museum is dedicated to the great painter, Henri Matisse, who called Nice is home for almost 40 years. There's a wonderful permanent collection, plus rotating temporary exhibitions, showing his most impressive works. Explore the Musée Matisse. © Flickr user m-louis .® Where to eat Voyageur Nissart Nice is home to some truly delicious dishes, including the famous salade niçoise. If you want to sample some traditional Niçoise cuisine, make your way to Voyageur Nissart, where you can tuck into aubergine with tomato sauce, Niçoise tripe stew and many more dishes. If you're heading to the football and looking for food on the go, pick up a socca (a crisp, chickpea pancake) from one of the many street vendors. Salade niçoise – a Nice speciality. © Flickr user Yuko Honda Where to drink Wayne's Bar After a long day of watching the football or exploring Nice, there's nothing better than a cold drink at a friendly bar. Just a short walk away from the Promenade du Paillon Fanzone is Wayne's Bar. Here you can relax and unwind with an ice-cold beer or a glass of delicious wine – what more could you want? Where to stay Hôtel La Pérouse Treat yourself to a stay at the beautiful Hôtel La Pérouse, a 4-star hotel located on Nice's seafront. The accommodation varies from classic rooms to sea-view suites, so there's something to suit every kind of budget. The hotel itself is lovely, and it's in the perfect place to reach the Fanzone, the Stade de Nice and the city's main attractions. Get to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Drive to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle – it takes just 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais. For suggestions on where you can stop during your drive from Calais to Nice, read our driving guide here

Paris Fanzone in Champ de Mars 2016

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France’s capital is home to some thrilling football matches this summer, so make the most of your trip to Paris with our handy guide. As the capital of France, Paris will play host to some incredible football matches this summer. Expect to see action from the likes of Turkey, Croatia, Romania, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria and Germany, to name just a few. Whether you’re travelling with a group or with family, Paris has a huge mix of sights, from galleries to gardens and theme parks. Home to the iconic Disneyland Paris, you might want to extend your trip and spend some time in this incredible resort. The Champ de Mars at the base of the Eiffel Tower will host the official fanzone in Paris © Image by Flickr user Hugh Millward Fanzone This summer, Paris will boast two football fanzones, with the main event taking place at the Champ de Mars. A beautiful stretch of park at the base of the Eiffel Tour, the Champ de Mars is big enough to hold 120,000 football fans, with plenty of giant screens so that everyone can see the matches taking place. The iconic park will also feature a stage, so you’re sure to catch some entertainment while you’re there. What to do The Louvre If you've come all the way to Paris for the football, you may as well make the most of the city's culture at the Louvre, found smack-bang in the middle of Paris. It's an amazing institution holding some of the world's finest artistic works, the most famous of which includes Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Over the years, the historic palace has been extended with wings such as the steel and glass pyramid and the “Richelieu Wing”. With so many parts to the museum, you'll need to decide what you want to see beforehand, while art enthusiasts can easily spend a whole day exploring! Even if you’re not big on art, Paris’ Louvre is worth a visit. © zoetnet The Latin Quarter Buzzing with live music, history and a great nightlife, Paris' Latin Quarter is famous for inspiring writers and artists over the years for its bohemian atmosphere. It was once the hub of student life in Paris (with Latin being the language most frequently spoken here back in 1257). Even though it's been gentrified over the years, it's still a great place to visit bars, bookshops, cafés and live music clubs. Its main street is Boulevard St-Michel, where you'll find shops and restaurants, while you can grab a post-football beer at a café down Place de la Sorbonne. The Latin Quarter by night is a lively hub of activity. © gadgetdude Where to eat Bouillon Chartier A legend in the Paris food scene, Bouillon Chartier has been serving customers great French food for over 100 years. One reason for its success is the quality of its food and the surprisingly reasonable prices. With so many restaurants in Paris to choose from, for traditional French cuisine this one is a must. Tables are laid in a huge listed building, while dishes include classics such as foie gras and escargot, accompanied by delicious herring, beef tartare and grilled lamb, amongst others. Prepare yourself for rich food and a good choice of French wine – the perfect end to a day of football. Le Coq Rico For more of a bistro, Le Coq Rico is an interesting restaurant focused on all things chicken. Located on the Montmartre butte, as soon as you walk into the restaurant you're welcomed by the smell of roasted chicken, which is enough to get any appetite going! Two or more people can feast on whole chicken with chips, macaroni cheese or seasonal vegetables, while starters include fried chicken wings with spiced cromesquis (a type of croquette). Rediscover chicken at Le Coq Rico in Paris. © Mon Œil Where to drink Monsieur le Zinc Monsieur le Zinc is a fun little bar serving beer and wine on tap, in a contemporary basement space. Customers load a card with the amount of their choice with one of the bartenders, before using the taps (creatively made using old gas pumps) to serve themselves a range of wines and beers. It's a twist on a self-serve bar, giving the customer an independent experience. Harry's New York Bar Historically Paris is known for being the favourite haunt of various celebrities, including footballers, artists and notable figures, with many of them frequenting Harry's New York Bar. Once the bar of choice of Ernest Hemingway, Rita Hayworth and Coco Chanel, Harry's has been serving delicious cocktails in its tasteful wood-panelled room since 1911. Check out the bar schedule for live piano and jazz performances. Be part of history at Harry’s New York Bar. © Frédéric de Villamil Where to stay Courtyard Paris Boulogne A 20-minute walk from the Parc des Princes stadium, which will host five football games throughout the tournament, the Courtyard Paris Boulogne is a spacious and clean hotel, with a distinctly European feel. There's a breakfast buffet and dinner options if you're looking to stay in, and the staff are friendly and welcoming with good spoken English. Travelling to Paris for the football? Use our guide to make the most of your trip. With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can get from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes. Make the most of your drive to Paris and the rest of France using our other travel guides

Travel to Saint-Étienne for the Football in 2016

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Join the one of the biggest sporting events of the year and visit the Saint-Étienne Fanzone for the football in 2016. Once an industrial city, today Saint-Étienne is a hive of cultural and sporting activity, boasting a range of galleries, both big and small, and a famous sports stadium. The Stade Geoffroy Guichard opened in 1931 and has been hosting notable sporting events ever since. This summer, the Stade will join 10 other stadiums in France as one of the hosts for 2016's biggest football tournament. The tournament will attract eager football fans from all over the world, all hoping that their team will be the one to lift the trophy. If you're travelling to Saint-Étienne for the football event of the year, read on for our guide. Explore nearby Parc Naturel Regional du Pilat. © Flickr user Max LesZed.com Fanzone If you didn't manage to get tickets to the Stade Geoffroy Guichard, you can catch every moment of the tournament at the designated Fanzone. Each of the host cities will have their own Fanzone, broadcasting the matches to millions of football fanatics. Saint-Étienne's Fanzone will be set up at François Mitterrand Park, approximately 1.5 kilometres from the city centre, and will feature large broadcast screens and food and drinks vendors. Kicking off the action in Saint-Étienne is Portugal v Iceland, followed by Czech Republic v Croatia, Slovakia v England and one round of 16 match, and you can be in the heart of it all at the Fanzone. What to do Parc Naturel Regional du Pilat Saint-Étienne is located in the Massif Central, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes next to the Parc Naturel Regional du Pilat. This beautiful park is a great spot for walkers and cyclists, particularly during the warm summer months. As well as walking and cycling, you can try hang gliding, treetop walking, kayaking, white water rafting, water skiing and mountain biking. A great day out when you're not watching the football! Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain For something a little more relaxed, visit the Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain. Housing a large collection of modern and contemporary art, including works by Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, the museum will keep you busy for hours. Want to learn more about the collection? Join one of the guided walking tours or attend one of the regular artist talks. Where to eat Chez les Fondus Cheese is in France is the best in the world, so a restaurant with lots of cheese on its menu is always going to be good. As you may have guessed from its name, Chez les Fondus specialises in fondue. Choose from delicious cheese and dessert fondues, as well as raclette (melted cheese with potatoes, pickled onions, gherkins and ham), cured meats and more, for a hearty post-football meal. Tuck in to some cheese fondue at Chez les Fondus. © Flickr user Vasile Cotovanu Where to drink The Smoking Dog When visiting Saint-Étienne you won't be short of great places to drink, thanks to its many pubs and bars. The Smoking Dog is a centrally located pub, which is perfect for a post (or pre)-football pint. A range of beers can be found on tap – Guinness, Kronenbourg and more – alongside bottled craft beers, ciders, spirits and soft drinks. You can even grab a cup of coffee if you feel like it! Where to stay Hôtel Furania Saint-Étienne Stay in the heart of Saint-Étienne at Furania Saint-Étienne, a friendly 2-star hotel surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops. From here, you can access many of Saint-Étienne's attractions on foot, including the football. There's also free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a French-style buffet breakfast. Get to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Get there… with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Journey from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes and from there, Saint-Étienne is just a drive away. For tips on road tripping from Calais to Saint-Étienne, read our driving guide here

Travel to Paris for the Football 2016

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Travelling for the football? Make the most of your journey from Calais to Paris by planning a few fun stops along the way. This summer, thousands of football fans will be heading to France's capital to enjoy the football tournament. If you're going to be one of them, why not make the most of your trip and plan some fun stops along the way, between Calais and Paris? By car the journey takes about three hours if you take the A26 and then the A1, which will lead you directly to Paris. If you've got a little more time, you can take the coastal road via Le Touquet and Abbeville and see more of the landscape in northern-France. Located on the Seine River, the city of Paris is in the centre of the Île-de-France region, which is colloquially known as the Paris region. Here are some great places to stop on your way to Paris, when you're travelling to the football this summer. The scenic city of Amiens © Image by Flickr user ines s. Amiens Capital of the Somme department in Picardy, Amiens is a popular tourist spot in its own right. Amiens is home to a breath-taking Cathedral, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in France and the 19th largest cathedral in the world. It's also home to several markets, such as the book market at Place Alphonse-Fiquet, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month, and the iconic “floating market” (although today it sits on dry land) every Saturday. This famous food market is supplied by the nearby Hortillonnages gardens, which grow a range of fruits and vegetables. It's possible to tour the gardens both on foot or by boat, but a boat tour is especially pretty in the summer. Senlis Just north of Paris, the historic commune of Senlis is a delightful place to stop the car and stretch your legs. A quaint town with hundreds of years' worth of history in its walls, Senlis boasts a pretty Gallo-Roman centre, with cobbled streets and picturesque buildings. Explore medieval walls and the local royal castle, which boasts its own park and Romanesque tower. For a bite to eat, head to La Scaramouche, where you can dine on beautifully presented dishes such as saffron-seasoned hake aioli and braised pork shank. The contemporary restaurant boasts large windows, which give great views of the town's cathedral. Explore the cobbled streets of Senlis.© Guillaume Speurt Chantilly West of Senlis, Chantilly is in the heart of Chantilly Forest and is home to 11,000 residents. The first thing you'll notice when visiting Chantilly is the huge château, which sits in the middle of immaculately-kept gardens. Visiting in the summer means you'll see Chantilly Forest at its best, so there are plenty of walking and cycling options to enjoy. Fans of horseracing will want to check out the Chantilly racecourse, where thousands of horses are trained and raced each day. Stop by the Marche Decouvert, which takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and stock up on picnic food to enjoy in the surrounding forests and parks – it's a great day out when you're not at the football. The stunning Chantilly Château. © vasse nicolas,antoine Beauvais Capital of the Oise department, Beauvais gained fame for producing some of France's best tapestries. Despite its status as a city, Beauvais is naturally very pretty and is home to a huge park, Canada Lake. If you're headed to Paris for the football, stopping off at Beauvais to enjoy water sports on the lake will provide a refreshing break. As well as a grand cathedral, Beauvais is home to an unusual astronomical clock, which was built between 1865 and 1868. This amazing clock features 52 dials that display the times in 18 cities around the globe, the rising and setting times of the sun and moon, as well as planetary positions and even tidal hours. The stunning astronomical clock at Beauvais cathedral. © Omar Bárcena Travelling to France for the football? With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can get from Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes. Make the most of your drive to Paris and the rest of France using our other travel guides

Football Fanzone in Saint-Étienne 2016

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For a road trip you'll remember, follow our guide when you travel to Saint-Étienne for the football in 2016. This summer, during June and July, France will host one of the most anticipated events in the sporting calendar: the football! Teams from all over Europe will battle it out in a series of matches, each of them vying to lift the trophy, to be held at ten destinations throughout the country. Saint-Étienne, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, is one of these destinations. If you're travelling to Saint-Étienne's Stade Geoffroy Guichard, or the official Fanzone, get there with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Pick up some delicious food at Saint-Quentin's market. © Flickr user Alex Janssen About Saint-Étienne Saint-Étienne was once an industrial city, but, in recent years, it has been transformed. Gone are the industrial factories, and in their place you'll find modern art galleries, fine-dining restaurants, retail precincts and more. Combined with this year's football tournament, Saint-Étienne is set to be a top summer holiday destination. From Calais to Saint-Étienne Driving from Calais to Saint-Étienne can take anywhere between 7 and 10 hours, depending on which route you choose. This route, which we've created just for you, takes 9 hours and is best spread over two days, with lots of stops along the way. Stop One: Saint-Quentin Around two hours' drive south from Calais is Saint-Quentin. Located in the Picardy region of France, this historic town is home to several must-see attractions. Stretch your legs at the colourful local market, held Tuesday to Sunday, where you can pick up delicious snacks and produce. Not feeling peckish? Visit the Basilica of Saint-Quentin, a beautiful old church, the Butterfly Museum, which displays a huge insect collection, or simply pick up a café au lait and get back on the road to the football. Stop Two: Châlons-en-Champagne The next stop on your drive to the football is Châlons-en-Champagne, the perfect spot for a lunch break. While there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from, The Grand Jard park is a great place to have a picnic, especially in the summer. Pick up a few baguettes, a selection of cheeses and cured meats, and set up your picnic blanket under a shady tree. After eating, take a stroll around the beautiful park, past ponds, flower gardens and the canal. Stop Three: Avallon Located in the centre of Burgundy, Avallon is a quiet market town complete with cobbled streets and traditional stone and woodwork houses. After driving all day, Avallon is where you'll stay overnight. The Moulin des Ruats Hotel is a spectacular converted mill, overlooking a picturesque river and lovely grounds. Choose from 25 beautiful rooms, each one with its own unique charm, and dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves Burgundian classics alongside more modern creations. Avallon in Burgundy.© Flickr user Random_fotos Stop Four: Mâcon After a good night's sleep in Avallon, it's on to the fourth and final destination: Mâcon. A small city on the banks of the Saône river, visitors to Mâcon will find that there's lots to see and do. Take a boat down the river, past pretty riverside buildings, browse the shops on Rue Carnot or simply stretch your legs with a quick walk around town. If you like a glass of wine, be sure to pick up some of the region's finest at a wine shop, or visit one of the local wineries. As it's only a drive away from Saint-Étienne, Mâcon also makes a great day trip destination for when you're not watching the football. Take a boat ride down the Saône river in Mâcon. © Flickr user Mark Goebel Get to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Get to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Travel from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes and you'll be in Saint-Étienne in no time at all. Find out more about the football Fanzone, as well as where to eat, where to stay and what to do in Saint-Étienne, in our destination guide.

Football Fanzone in Toulouse 2016

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Join us in Toulouse for this summer’s biggest football tournament. Known as La Ville Rose (the Pink City) due to the pink-hued bricks used in many of the city's buildings, Toulouse is not only beautiful, but it's full of fantastic things to see and do, and visitors can discover magnificent museums and bustling markets alongside Toulouse's vibrant cultural scene. This summer, Toulouse will join nine other destinations in France as a host for one of the biggest football tournaments of the year. Here's our guide. This summer, visit Toulouse. © Flickr user Maxime Raphael Fanzone Like the rest of France's host cities, Toulouse's stadium (the Stadium Municipal de Toulouse) will hold matches throughout the tournament. If you didn't get tickets, do not fear, as Toulouse will have a designated football Fanzone where fans can congregate to watch matches throughout the summer tournament. Large screens will be set up at the centrally located Allée Jules-Guesde, and matches will be broadcast to upwards of 20,000 people, while surrounding bars and restaurants will provide refreshment throughout. What to do The Garonne When you're not watching the football, there's plenty to keep you busy in Toulouse, starting with the Garonne river. The river runs through the centre of the city, so it's perfect for an afternoon riverside stroll or a leisurely boat ride. Many boat tours will take you all the way along the Garonne to the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO-protected canal that has to be seen to be believed. The Canal du Midi. © Flickr user Ludovic Lubeigt Carmes Market France is known for its fresh produce and artisan products, the best of which can be found at the local markets and fairs. In Toulouse, you can pick up all kinds of cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, cured meats and more at Carmes Market. Held every day (except Monday) from 7am to 1.30pm, the market showcases delicious produce from local vendors. Yum! Where to eat La Cave Au Cassoulet Regions in France are known for their speciality dishes, from Burgundy's beef bourguignon (beef stew) to Picardy's flamiche (leek and cream tart). Cassoulet, a slow-cooked casserole made with pork, goose, duck and white beans, is Toulouse's speciality. Try this hearty dish at La Cave Au Cassoulet; it serves some of the best in the city.  Dig in to a delicious bowl of cassoulet. © Flickr user David Blaine Where to drink The Dispensary If you're looking for a wide selection of beers, spirits and wines, look no further than The Dispensary. This cosy pub says it is "inspired by the best of British", and this is reflected in the British-style pub food menu and the British beers which can be found on tap. As well as the great beer and food on offer, the pub can be easily reached on foot from the football Fanzone or the stadium.  Le Dubliners An Irish pub as good as any, Le Dubliners is the place to go if you're looking for a good pint, whether it be Guinness or your favourite beer. A lively atmosphere makes this pub the ideal nesting place before or after the football, and you can even enjoy bar nibbles, such as a selection of cheese, cured ham, sausage and bread. The pub has an open stage for musicians every Wednesday and a darts club, so there's always something going on. Where to stay Privilège Hôtels Privilège Hôtels is made up of not one, not two, but three hotels, all of which are centrally located and within walking distance of the Stadium Municipal de Toulouse and the football Fanzone. Each hotel has its own unique personality and you can choose from rooms of varying sizes and prices, from double rooms to self-catering apartments. Get to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Drive to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Journey from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes and from there, Toulouse isn't far away. For tips on driving from Calais to Toulouse, read our driving guide here

Travel to Toulouse for the Football in 2016

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Use this helpful guide when you drive from Calais to Toulouse for the football in 2016. 2016's biggest football tournament is fast approaching, and this year it's taking place in France! Over the course of June and July, teams will be taking to pitches all over the country, hoping to get their hands on the trophy. Ten destinations have been chosen to host the matches, including Nice, Lille, Paris and, of course, Toulouse. Football fans will flock to Toulouse's Stadium Municipal or the official Fanzone, which will be held at Allée Jules-Guesde, to watch their team play. Wondering how you're going to get there? Travel from Folkestone to Calais with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and from there, you can follow our road trip guide to Toulouse. Look out for the beautiful windows in Amiens Cathedral. © Flickr user James Mitchell About Toulouse Located in southern France in the Midi-Pyrenees, Toulouse is a lovely place to visit at any time of year. However, it really comes alive during the summer. Not only is there a vibrant cultural scene, complete with great museums and galleries, but it has fantastic markets, world-class restaurants and the beautiful Garonne river. So when you're not at the Stadium Municipal or the designated Fanzone, there's plenty to keep you busy. From Calais to Toulouse The drive from Calais to the football Toulouse takes between 9 and 11 hours, depending on which route you take. This route takes approximately 10 hours and 35 minutes, and is best spread over two days. Stop One: Amiens After driving from your home to Folkestone, and from Calais to Amiens, you're bound to be a little peckish. Take a seat at one of Amiens' many cafes and dig into regional specialities, such as ficelle picarde (savoury pancake filled with mushrooms, ham and cheese), Pâté de canard d'Amiens (duck terrine encased in pastry) and macarons d'Amiens (almond paste biscuits). After your meal, take a walk to Amiens Cathedral – it's beautiful! Stop Two: Chartres About 55 miles south of Paris is your next stop, Chartres. Once here, there is a lot to see and do. Visit the famous cathedral, which houses an impressive collection of religious relics, and wander through the Old Town, past half-timbered houses, to the picturesque Eure river. Cross any one of the pretty footbridges and explore the winding streets, before crossing back and making your way to the Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Eure river in Chartres. © Flickr user Nelson Minar Stop Three: Châteauroux Your last stop for the day is Châteauroux, a large town in the Loire Valley. As you'll arrive here in the early evening, you'll want to check in to your hotel and get something to eat, before turning in for the night. There are many hotels to choose from, including the simple Le Continental and the 3-star Elysée Hotel. Drop off your bags and head to a local bistro for a bite to eat and a well-deserved drink. Stop Four: Brive-la-Gaillarde After a sound night's sleep in Châteauroux, it's back on the road to Brive-la-Gaillarde, your final stop. Although there are several small museums, we'd recommend visiting the Eric Lamy Chocolaterie. This wonderful shop is full of decadent delights (chocolates, ice cream, sweets, cakes and macaroons) and mind-boggling chocolate sculptures. See the magic behind the creations with a tour of the chocolate workshop, or simply stock up on your favourite sweet treats for when you're watching the football! See how chocolate is made in Brive-la-Gaillarde. © Flickr user David Leggett Get to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Travel to Toulouse for the football in 2016 with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Folkestone to Calais takes just 35 minutes, and with direct motorway access you'll be on the road in no time. For tips on where to stay, what to do and where to eat, as well as information about the football Fanzone, read our Toulouse destination guide here.

Things to do in Lyon: Fanzone in Place Bellecour

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Join the fans at the official Fanzone in Place Bellecour. Home to the football club, Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon is set up to host no fewer than six football matches for this year's tournament. The local stadium, Stade de Lyon, is a fairly new addition to the city and can be found to the east of the city centre. As France's third largest city, there's so much to do in Lyon and it's in a great position to host this summer's football. The city centre, as well as hosting the Fanzone, is a fascinating mix of buildings, from its modern commercial hub, Confluence, to the Renaissance Vieux Lyon district, near to the river Saône. We've picked a few of our favourite things to see and do in the city, helping you to get the most from Lyon during your visit, for this summer's football event. The fanzone will be held in Lyon's Place Bellecour © Image by Flickr user Dennis Jarvis Fanzone The official Lyon Fanzone will be held at the central location of Place Bellecour. Showing all matches of the football tournament, the Place Bellecour Fanzone will be able to hold tens of thousands of football fans this summer, so if you're travelling to Lyon, you'll want to be there! There will also be entertainment on offer for visitors to Lyon, so prepare for a truly special event. What to do Parc de la Tête d'Or Covering an amazing 290 acres, Lyon's urban Parc de la Tête d'Or can be found in the heart of the city, in the 6th arrondissement. It's France's largest urban park, and is well worth visiting if you're travelling to Lyon this summer. You'll find a beautiful lake with rowing boats to rent, aromatic rose gardens, a fun zoo, which is great for all ages, and there's even a puppet theatre. The small zoo is home to elephants, deer and giraffes, to name just a few species. If you're travelling with any young football fans, take the miniature train around the park to get the best views. The beautiful Parc de la Tête d'Or in Lyon.© Connie Ma Fourvière Hill With sweeping views over the city, Fourvière Hill is the best place to see Lyon on a clear, sunny day. The district of Fourvière is located to the west of Lyon's colourful old town, Vieux Lyon, with the prominent hill serving as a popular spot for visitors who want to get the best views of the city. The hilltop boasts a beautiful basilica with a statue of the Virgin Mary. There's also a Gallo-Roman museum to visit and, further down the hill, amazing Roman ruins and gardens. The basilica atop Fourvière Hill.© Dennis Jarvis Where to eat Restaurant Le Musée If you're looking for hearty, traditional French cuisine, a visit to Restaurant Le Musée is a must. Hidden down a small street, Rue des Forces, the restaurant offers a cosy atmosphere with its checked tablecloths, and serves up classic Lyonnaise dishes such as pork in a rich onion sauce, rabbit pate and crème brûlée. The staff are friendly and accommodate English speakers, but always appreciate it when guests try a little French! The hand-written menu changes daily, and even features vegetarian dishes such as roasted peppers with goat cheese. Le Sud Lyon is famous for being the home of celebrated chef, Paul Bocuse. When in town for the football, it seems only fitting to sample some of his cuisine! One of his more recent pursuits is the brasserie, Le Sud. It's a wonderful eatery to visit in the summer, with spacious outdoor seating, while the set lunch and dinner menus offer up superb value for money, giving you the chance to taste Paul Bocuse's world-renowned cooking without breaking the bank. Dine on delicious cassoulet. © Connie Ma Where to drink Wallace Bar For a simple pub that serves up craft beers and ales alongside portions of fish and chips, head to Wallace Bar. During the football this summer, it's sure to be packed with fans who will either be celebrating or commiserating the most recent match. With a number of televisions showing all the latest sporting events, you can take a break from the Fanzone and chill out here for an evening, and still not miss the game. Located in the heart of Lyon's old town, you can't miss it. Brooklyn Bar Serving up inventive cocktails and delicious tapas, Lyon's Brooklyn Bar is a trendy option for anyone looking for a sophisticated drink while in town. Inside, the bar is stylishly decorated, while bartenders serve up cocktails to suit each and every taste. Find your new favourite cocktail, or enjoy the bar's extensive wine collection with the help of the knowledgeable bar staff. Where to stay Hotel des Celestins A traditional and well-kept hotel, the Hotel des Celestins is in the centre of Lyon, perfectly located for the Fanzone and a short walk from the city's old town. Housed in a historic building, the hotel is full of character and offers breakfast for a reasonable price. Dine on fresh pastries, brioche, fruit and yoghurt before a busy day watching the football. While the hotel is centrally located, it's nice and quiet, allowing you to get a good night's sleep after a long day. Get to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Make the most of the games this summer and explore the city of Lyon with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. For fun things to see and do during your drive from Calais to Lyon, find out more here

Travel to Lens for Football in 2016

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A selection of fun things to see and do during your drive to Lens, for this year's football. The city of Lens is just an hour's drive from Calais and there are some fantastic things to see along the way, so you'll have plenty to do when travelling to see the football. Once an industrial hub, in recent years Lens has received a cultural revamp in the form of its famous Louvre-Lens museum, and this has given the city a surge of life. In north-eastern France, Lens is just 40 kilometres from the city of Lille and sits within the Nord-Pas-de-Calais department of France. From Calais, drivers can take the A26 for most of the way to Lens, before taking exit 6.2 for the A21, which will lead you to the city centre. Check out some of the most interesting things to see and do, while travelling to Lens for football in 2016. Explore the cathedral at Saint-Omer © Image by Flickr user Charles D P Miller Saint-Omer Just under half way between Calais and Lens, the commune of Saint-Omer is an ideal place to stop on your way to this summer's football. A medieval town with a thriving marketplace, if you stop by for a spot of lunch, you can enjoy strolling around the centre, exploring the beautiful 17th century architecture. Be sure to check out the neo-classical town hall and, by contrast, the gothic-style cathedral. Constructed in the 13th and 14th centuries, the cathedral is vast, with the main features including an organ built by the illustrious organ builder, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, as well as stained-glass windows and a stone spire. Grab a coffee at one of the many town squares, and enjoy everything Saint-Omer has to offer. Ardres Just 14 kilometres from Calais, the well-preserved medieval town of Ardres takes around 25 minutes by car. It's a popular spot for visitors from the UK who come to see the traditional market town, which boasts views over the picturesque marshlands surrounding Calais. Historically the town has long been under dispute, and the nearby commune of Balinghem was the site of the famous "Field of the Cloth of Gold" battle in 1520. Visiting during summer is wonderful, as you'll get to enjoy the Ardres Lake at its best. Here you can try out all kinds of water sports, including fishing, canoeing and sailing, so it's the perfect place to stretch your legs and take a break from driving. The inside of the stunning cathedral at Béthune.© isamiga76 Béthune Around 20 kilometres from Lens, you'll find the pretty town of Béthune. Despite its relatively small size, Béthune is packed with plenty of shops and restaurants, making it an ideal stop for supplies and a bite to eat. Just north of town is the Chateau de Beaulieu, which is home to a beautiful hotel and restaurant, with the option to sit and dine in the chateau gardens, perfect for a sunny day. The town's main sight is the impressive belfry, which dates back to the 14th century, and overlooks the old town. The main square is a delightful mix of architectural styles, from art deco to gothic, and it's a wonderful spot to grab a drink in the sunshine. Make new friends exploring the countryside around Cap Blanc-Nez. © Vincent Desjardins Caps et Marais d'Opale Natural Regional Park Just south of Calais, the Caps et Marais d'Opale Natural Regional Park is worth exploring if you have an extra day before heading to the football, or on your way back to Calais when returning to the UK. It's a beautiful protected part of northern France, with plenty of cycling trails and coffee shops within its small towns and villages. You don't need to travel too far into the park to enjoy its natural beauty, and it's easily accessible by car. To the north you can enjoy the cliffs at Cap Blanc-Nez, and whether you're hiking, mountain biking or horse riding, you'll find plenty of trails to explore. Go walking and cycling around the Caps et Marais d'Opale Natural Regional Park. © Rodrigue ROMON For more information on Lens and its surroundings, check out the Tourist Information and Cultural Heritage Office. Travelling to France for the football? With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can get from Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes. From there, Lens is just an hour's drive away. Make the most of your drive to Lens and the rest of France using our guide to the city

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