Travel to Nice for the Football in 2016

Stop for flamiche in Saint-Quentin.

Fun things to see and do during your drive to Nice

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.
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.
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.

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