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
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.