Travel to Saint-Denis for the Football 2016


Visit Saint-Denis this Summer for the Football in 2016

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
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.

Compiègne Forest
Explore Compiègne Forest. © Flickr user NicholBrummer

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