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
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.
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
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
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