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Bellewaerde

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Spend a day at Bellewaerde with the entire family and enjoy the fun, adventure and spectacular discoveries. The fun family attractions make everyone jump up and down with excitement. You will get to know hundreds of animals close by, all this in an overwhelming natural setting. Ready for a day you will never forget? Welcome to Bellewaerde!

The Museum of the Great War

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The Museum of the Great War was opened in 1992, at the very heart of the Somme Battlefields in Péronne. The contemporary museum, designed by architect Henri-Edouard Ciriani, was incorporated into Péronne’s 13th century castle, an emblem of the town of Péronne, besieged many times throughout history.  At the heart of the Somme Battlefields, the Museum of the Great War presents the full magnitude of the First World War.

Aa Saint Omer Golf in France

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Voted golf club of the year in 2016 amongst 700 other golf clubs in France, the Aa Saint Omer is a beautiful parkland that will have you coming back year after year. Just 30 minutes from Calais.

Bagatelle

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Situated between Berck and Le Touquet in a 26-hectare park with more than 40 amazing attractions, Bagatelle offers hours of fun with friends and family in a relaxed environment.  

Hôtel du Moulin aux Draps

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Hotel Moulin aux Draps is a charming, modern, hotel tucked away in the peaceful countryside of the Pas-de-Calais, near the town of Desvres in Northern France. The perfect place for a quiet weekend away and an ideal location from which to explore the secrets of this fascinating region. Only forty minutes from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais Terminal and within striking distance of the Opal Coast, Boulogne, Lille, World War historical sites, fascinating museums, fantastic restaurants and golf courses with beautiful countryside you can explore by foot or bicycle. In our restaurant you will find fine food and heavenly views. On summer evenings, watch the sun go down. In winter, the ceramic fire adds a homely glow. The menu changes each day and traditional French dishes are a plenty. Only the finest locally sourced produce is used.

Le Mans Guide

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Live the greatest race in the world ...and much more! Every year some 250,000 spectators descend on a small town in north-western France for the annual Le Mans 24 Hours Race , the most famous endurance race in the world. This year will be no exception with 56 cars competing in the legendary 'twice around the clock' race on the 17th and 18th of June 2017. As always you can be sure of an exciting race and a close finish. Ferrrari, BMW, Porsche, Corvette, Lotus, Aston Martin ... will all be there battling for the first place. Le Mans 24 Hours offers a full weekend of events proving that at Le Mans "every second is a new emotion". The great drivers' parade takes place in the town centre on 16th June, as well as vintage car races and Ferrari's curtain raiser... And of course, the start of the 24 Hours Le Mans at 15:00 on the 17th June. At Le Mans 24 Hours lasts a whole week! History Le Mans has hosted a 24-hour race since 1923, stopping only briefly for The Great Depression and the Second World War. The race was set up by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) to test both car and driver for endurance and reactions. This has led to car manufacturers being forced to innovate in order to allow better aerodynamics, fuel efficiency and braking and Le Mans regularly features new designs from some of the biggest names in racing (known as Le Mans Prototypes, or LMPs). Although the 13.6km track, named the Circuit de la Sarthe, has seen many tweaks over the years (most notably the inclusion of chicanes on the straight to stop drivers going too fast) the basic layout has remained the same. Some sections use public roads which can be driven on in the days leading up to the race before being closed off, giving you a unique opportunity to get an insight into the experience of the competitors (except at a slower and safer speed of course). The events Every year fans get the chance to meet their heroes with the Drivers' Autograph Session, and those lucky enough to get their hands on a General Enclosure, Grandstand, or VIP weekend ticket will get a chance to explore behind the scenes with guided pit walks, offering a unique first-hand experience of the track. One of the most popular non-race events traditionally occurs on the Friday, when the competitors take part in the Drivers' Parade through the centre of Le Mans. The carnival-style event not only gives spectators the opportunity to get up close to both classic cars and drivers, but also to enjoy a huge street party. Each year is more colourful and livelier than the previous; expect music, dancing and the odd cheeky display of bravado from some of the best drivers in the world today. If you're feeling the need for speed then the high velocity events begin mid-week, with free practice sessions and qualifying practice sessions warming up the tyre rubber. These are normally followed by more qualifying practice sessions in the following days. As the main race approaches on the Saturday there are a number of support races which make for an equally impressive spectacle. In the morning, the Le Mans Legend takes place, a unique event reserved for cars that have previously competed in Le Mans. Each year a different era is picked from the past and drivers range from amateurs to former champions, such as Sterling Moss. Of course, after all this excitement it's easy to forget that you have 24 hours of one of the greatest races on the planet to cap it all off. You can watch all the action first hand or on one of the eleven giant screens scattered around the race area, grandstand and village, so you don't have to miss one nail-biting minute.   Accommodation and tickets The ACO opens several campsites around the circuit for the event. Most are only a short walk from the track and are connected to the village by a small train. You will need to get a special camping ticket, normally one per vehicle required, and the best campsites sell out fast, so be sure to book as early as possible. Tickets can be bought directly from the ACO at the official Le Mans race website. To see the race you will need at least an Enceinte General ticket (general admission), but separate tickets are needed for the grandstands. For more tips and advice see our guide to camping in France. Other sights The city of Le Mans itself should not be overlooked, with its stunning architecture and amazingly-preserved old town. An ancient settlement, the remains of a Roman wall and amphitheatre can be seen in town and the cobbled streets may seem familiar as the setting for Gérard Depardieu's film adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. Paris is just a 2 hour drive away, so if you want to take a break from the racing festivities and do something a little different why not check out our guide to shopping in Paris? Whether you're a huge racing fan or just interested in experiencing one of the most incredible and exciting events on the sports calendar then be sure not to miss the "24 Hours of Le Mans" event. Circuit des 24 Heures 72019 LE MANS CEDEX 2 Phone : 02 43 40 24 24 Fax : 02 43 40 24 15 Information and tickets at: www.24h-lemans.com Book your journey

Brasserie Hamiot

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In Boulogne-sur-Mer, everyone knows the Brasserie Hamiot. Ideally situated in the town centre and close to the port, this establishment has been forever present in the town of Boulogne, where families and friends gather at the bar or in the large restaurant to enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere. Its long opening hours offer you the opportunity to stop by at any time for a coffee, crêpe or even a delicious Moules Frites typical of the North of France.

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! Set off on amazing journeys and dive headlong into the fantastic, fun and festive Futuroscope atmosphere as it celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017!  Futuroscope is following in the footsteps of Jules Verne with a new-look journey around the world in its latest ride The Extraordinary Journey, the only attraction of its kind in Europe… Take to the skies aboard an incredible machine with your legs hanging free, and feel the thrill of being lighter than air… Fly like a bird to the edge of make-believe, whoosh by mirages in the desert, base-jump from the top of a skyscraper in a futuristic city, and more…  Enjoy 25 original experiences with family and friends, including star attractions such as the THEA* award winners The Time Machine and Arthur, the 4D Adventure. And get ready for a magical evening show by the light of the moon with La Forge aux Etoiles, the aquatic fairytale fantasy. From Cirque du Soleil (every evening after dark, included in the price of admission).

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 2017 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 Nice for the Football in 2016

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Make the most of your journey to Nice, with our guide. This year's biggest football tournament is fast approaching, and it's taking place in France! Teams from all over Europe will be competing in a series of tense matches, which are kicking off all over the country, and hoping to win the coveted trophy. Football fans will come from far and wide to see their favourite teams in action at France's best stadiums, or in the designated football Fanzones. Nice is just one of the tournament's chosen destinations and you can get there with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle.  Nice's beautiful coastline. © Flickr user Sharon Hahn Darlin About Nice Nice, the capital of the Côte d'Azur, is home to lovely weather, glamorous people and beautiful stretches of Mediterranean coastline. From the Promenade des Anglais on Nice's seafront, to the Cours Saleya flower market, if you're visiting for the football, you're in for a real treat! From Calais to Nice Driving to the football in Nice is easy when you travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, and while there are plenty of routes to choose from, we've created a route which passes through some of France's top spots. Stop One: Laon Just over two hours south of Calais, Laon is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat. Grab a table at Crêperie Agora, which can be found next to Laon's beautiful cathedral, and dig into a delicious crêpe (or two!). Choose from reblochon cheese and bacon, salted caramel and butter, and many, many more. Stop for a crêpe in Laon. © Flickr user stu_spivack Stop Two: Troyes After a quick refuel in Laon, you'll be back on the road to Troyes. The town itself is a lovely place to take a walk thanks to its many old buildings, including the Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul Cathedral and the Saint-Loup Museum, which can be found around almost every corner. Stretch your legs, then it's back on the road to the football! Stop Three: Bourges Next stop on your road trip to the football is Bourges. Located on the Yèvre river, Bourges is home to the Marais de Bourges, a network of gardens, waterways and footpaths. It's a great place to stop for a short break, a picnic or a canal boat ride. You'll forget that you're even in a city. Stop Four: Saint-Étienne With multiple drivers, you could drive the whole route in one (very long) day, but we'd recommend staying a night in Saint-Étienne, a city in the mountainous Massif Central. There are plenty of good places, including budget hostels and luxurious hotels, but the 3-star Kyriad Hotel is a happy medium. Stop Five: Valence Following a good night's sleep in Saint-Étienne, your next stop will be Valence. There are lots of things to do and places to visit, including the Museum of Art and Archaeology, which is full of beautiful artworks and interesting archaeological objects. There's so much to explore that you'll be kept busy for hours. Stop Six: Gap Next stop is France's highest town, Gap. Located in the Hautes-Alpes, Gap is surrounded by beautiful scenery just waiting to be explored. To the north of Gap, just a short drive away, is Écrins National Park. Alongside over 100 mountain peaks you'll find green meadows, rushing streams and vast lakes. When you're not at the football, Gap is the perfect place for a day trip.   A beautiful lake in the Hautes-Alpes near Gap. © Flickr user Dhinal Chheda Are you a football fan? Don't miss out on this year's biggest football event. Travel from Folkestone to Calais with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle in just 35 minutes. For information about Nice's football Fanzone, as well as where to stay, what to do and where to eat, read our destination guide 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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