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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.

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

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

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 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

Football Fanzone in Lens 2016

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A picturesque city in northern France, let’s take a closer look at things to do in Lens during this year’s football. One of the main cities in north-eastern France, Lens will host heated football matches between England and Wales, as well as Albania and Switzerland, this summer. With many football fans travelling to France for the games, Lens is a great destination surrounded by some fantastic sights. This summer, make the most of your trip and explore the wider city of Lens, its history, culture and the best places to eat and drink.  The Louvre-Lens museum has fast become one of the main attractions in Lens © Forgemind ArchiMedia Fanzone If you’re in Lens for the football don’t forget to check out the Town Hall Square, where the official Fanzone is taking place. Just one kilometre from the Lens Bollaert-Delelis Stadium, the Town Hall Square Fanzone will have multiple large screens, showing all matches during the month of football this summer. With a capacity of up to 10,000 football fans, you don’t have to enter the stadium to be part of the action. What to do Louvre-Lens Museum Located in the heart of Lens, the Louvre-Lens museum is a stunning building that displays art on loan from the Musée du Louvre, in Paris. The building is a sleek structure of glass and steel, with the external walls covered in aluminium, reflecting the surrounding natural landscape. Even if it’s just to see the amazing architecture, make the most of your trip to see the football in Lens by discovering some of the city’s culture.  Once indoors, you can find a great selection of short and long-term exhibitions, all from the Louvre in Paris. Although changeable, the exhibitions aim to cover a vast chronology, from the beginnings of the written word to 19th century masterpieces. The Remembrance Trails Surrounded by WWI monuments and trails to explore, Lens is jam-packed with historic sites to visit. One of the most eye-catching monuments is undoubtedly the Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge, which remembers the 66,000 fallen Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in combat, while the nearby reconstructed-trenches allow you to see some of the areas used by soldiers during the battle on 9th April 1917.  It’s also possible to take a guided tour of the surrounding battlefields and memorials, by following a Remembrance Trail tour from Lens city centre. Experienced guides will take you to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette and the British The amazing memorial at Vimy Ridge. © openroads.com Where to eat Le Pain de la Bouche If you're looking to grab a bite to eat while in Lens, fewer places are more quintessentially French than this quaint restaurant. Serving up traditional French stews and filet mignon, plus delicious traditional French bread, faluche, and mouth-watering cheeses. The restaurant's cosy setting and friendly staff make it a wonderful stop for dinner – perfect after a busy day watching the football. L'atelier de Marc Meurin If you're looking for a restaurant with style, L'atelier de Marc Meurin is known for serving up delicious food, beautifully-presented. This restaurant is great for a special occasion, so why not make your trip to Lens even better and enjoy one of the city's finest eateries. Starters include smooth duck liver terrine with a freshly poached fig, while mains include hearty black angus beef, caramelised scallops and freshly caught fish of the day. Just a 20-minute drive from Lens, check out the belfry and town hall at Arras.© David Merrett Where to drink Pub Mac Ewan's In this part of northern France you won't struggle to find delicious local beers, but one place with an especially good selection is Pub Mac Ewan's, in the centre of Lens. There are lots of beers on tap to choose from, plus a surprising selection of whiskeys and rums if you prefer. Staff are friendly and happy to suggest a local drink for you to try, while the pub's five screens regularly broadcast popular sports, so it's a great alternative if you're looking for somewhere fun to watch the football. Where to stay Hotel de France A large, practical hotel, the Hotel de France is just a 15-minute walk away from the Bollaert-Delelis Stadium, plus a little over two kilometres from the Musee du Louvre-Lens, so you're close to all the main sights and sounds of the city. This hotel is ideal if you're looking for a relaxed basecamp during your stay in Lens, with free WiFi and a restaurant and bar onsite. La Villa Du Louvre Lens Comfortable and welcoming, La Villa Du Louvre Lens is a quaint B&B which is near to the Bollaert-Delelis Stadium. The rooms are well decorated and clean, while breakfast is fresh with large portion sizes. This B&B is perfect for a quieter stay in Lens, with the building located on a calm road close to the Louvre-Lens museum. Get excited to see the action at Lens’ Stade Bollaert-Delelis.© Guillaume Baviere Get to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Make the most of the games this summer and explore the city of Lens with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. For fun things to see and do during your drive from Calais to Lens, 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 Lyon for the Football in 2016

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Lyon is the third largest city in France and is one of the main destinations to hold the football tournament this summer. It's an exciting city with a thriving nightlife, bustling student scene and fascinating history. Located in France's southern Rhône-Alpes region, it takes about seven hours to drive from Calais to Lyon directly by taking the A16 from Calais, before using the French autoroutes (predominantly the A26, which is known as the 'English Autoroute'). However, no one likes to be stuck in the car for hours, especially when it's hot outside! Travel smart this summer and see some of France along the way, by using our guide to some of the best places to stop at when travelling from Calais to Lyon. Lyon is especially beautiful in the summer months © Image by Flickr user Keith Laverack Reims About two and a half hours from Calais on the A26, is the city of Reims. In France's Champagne-Ardenne region, Reims is a wonderful place to stop off for a night and indulge in local wines and chocolates. The city's gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral is adorned with statues and sculptures, many of which outline important religious scenes, such as the Last Judgement. It's an incredible structure and one of the top attractions in Reims. Just down the road from Reims is the commune of Hautvillers, which is the birthplace of champagne – just the thing for celebrating a big win at the football! Surrounded by picturesque vineyards, Hautvillers is a thriving town with lots to do, but one great way to spend an afternoon is by enjoying a champagne tasting in the summer sun. Afterwards, head to Le Restaurant de l'Abbaye Hautvillers for beautiful French cuisine in a pretty setting. If the sun's out, enjoy lunch al fresco, with lovely views over the surrounding vineyards. The Notre-Dame Cathedral at Reims. © Timothy Brown Saint-Quentin If you drive for just under two hours from Calais along the A26, you'll arrive at the commune of Saint-Quentin, in France's Aisne department. Saint-Quentin has a grand central square, the main feature of which is the town hall and bell tower, which have been built in a gothic style. A perfect spot for a coffee and lunch, the buildings around the square are an eclectic mix of architectural styles, from gothic to art deco. Saint-Quentin was almost completely destroyed in the First World War and just outside of the town centre you'll find WWI memorials, such as the one by the town railway station which commemorates soldiers lost during the war. There are also several military cemeteries dotted around the outskirts of Saint-Quentin. The central square of Saint-Quentin comes alive in the summer.© Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose Troyes Troyes is a bustling town with a beautiful centre, lined with gothic architecture. On your way to the football, step out of the car and stretch your legs by exploring the historic old town, such as rue de Vauluisant and rue Champeaux, both of which feature incredible 16th century half-timbered houses. It's a great town to visit to get a sense of France's history, boasting a vast cathedral, plus museums such as the Musée des beaux-arts de Troyes and the Musee D'art Moderne. One particularly interesting street in Troyes is ruelle des Chats. While wandering down rue Champeaux, as mentioned above, you might miss this small, dark alley, which can be found about halfway down the street. Known as the Alley of Cats, ruelle des Chats is a long, narrow and dimly lit passage, which will make you feel as though you've stepped back in time, its dark walls and cobbled streets reminiscent of the Middle Ages. Pull up a chair in sunny Troyes. © openroads.com Chalon-sur-Saône Just one hour and a half north of Lyon, the commune of Chalon-sur-Saône is nestled in the heart of the Saône-et-Loire wine-growing department in central Burgundy. The town hosts a regular morning street market, on Wednesdays, Sundays and Fridays, each week at the main square, Place St-Vincent. The area surrounding Chalon-sur-Saône is famous for its wine production, and you can sample local wines at La Maison des Vins, near to the river Saône. If you're looking to pick up supplies for your journey, stop by the local bakery, La Meulière. It's a favourite with the locals and sells beautiful fresh bread and biscuits, plus homemade preserves and cheeses. Visiting during the summer means that you can enjoy the splendid weather, so take in the scenery of the Saône by booking a seat on one of the many riverboats, which offer guided river tours. When you arrive in Lyon, check out the Lyon Tourist Office and Convention Bureau for more information on things to see and do. 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 Lyon 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 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

Travel to Marseille for the Football 2016

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Take a road trip to Marseille for this summer's football, using our helpful guide. Football is a sport that's played, watched and celebrated all over the world, and this summer one of the most anticipated football competitions is coming to France. Thousands of supporters will descend upon France, eager to catch a slice of the action in any number of the 10 host cities. One of these cities is Marseille. Located in the beautiful Côte d'Azur, Marseille is easily reached from the UK. Simply book your spot with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and make your way there with our helpful road trip guide. Stop for flamiche in Saint-Quentin.© Flickr user TheDeliciousLife About Marseille If you've ever been to the Côte d'Azur you'll know what a lovely place it is. Sunny skies, warm Mediterranean waters and pretty countryside make for a destination that should be on everyone's must-visit list. When not watching the football, either at the Stade Vélodrome or the designated Fanzone, visitors to the Côte d'Azur's Marseille can enjoy a whole host of great activities. From Calais to Marseille Although there are many ways to drive from Calais to the football in Marseille, this route takes you through some of the best places to stop along the way. Each stop is about two hours' drive from the one before, so you'll be able to take well-spaced breaks as you go. From tasty snacks in Saint-Quentin to an overnight stay in Dijon, follow this route for a road trip to remember.  Stop One: Saint-Quentin After crossing the Channel from Folkestone to Calais, and completing the two-hour drive, by the time you reach Saint-Quentin there's no doubt that you'll be in need of a snack. Saint-Quentin is located in Picardy, a region in France that boasts delicious speciality dishes, such as flamiche (a puff pastry leek tart) and gâteau battu (a brioche-like cake).Try some of the local cuisine, then get back on the road to the football! Stop Two: Troyes To the south east of Paris is Troyes. Here you'll find a beautiful Old Town, complete with half-timbered houses, and an abundance of old churches and cathedrals. Troyes is a great place to stretch your legs after a stint in the car, as you can wander the cobbled streets, stopping now and then to take in the lovely surroundings. Look out for the magnificent Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul Cathedral where the medieval stained glass windows will take your breath away. The stained glass windows at Troyes’ cathedral. © Flickr user nadia & massimo Stop Three: Dijon While you could, in theory, drive from the UK to the football in Marseille in one day, we'd recommend stopping halfway at Dijon. There are plenty of places to stay, from budget hostels to luxury hotels, and as the capital of wine-producing Burgundy, you won't be short of good food and even better wine. For something decadent, try the delicious tasting menu at the Chapeau Rouge Restaurant William Frachot. Stop Four: Lyon After a restful night's sleep in Dijon, it's time to jump in the car to Lyon. Lyon is the fourth destination on our road trip to the football and you're sure to love it! Stop by Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse for a mid-morning snack, explore the Museum of Fine Arts and take a moment to see the beautiful fountain in the Place des Terreaux square. The fountain at Place des Terreaux square in Lyon. © Flickr user Anthony V. Travelling to France for the football? Drive to the football with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. From Folkestone to Calais takes just 35 minutes and from there, the football awaits. For tips on Marseille, including the football Fanzone, what to do, where to stay and what to eat, read our destination 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.

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