With less than four months until the Euro 16 football competition kicks off in Paris, many sports fans will be planning their trip to this hugely-anticipated sporting event.
So here’s a look at which cities to visit, which teams to bet on, and what other famous French attractions to enjoy.
Paris is the focal point for the Euro 16 tournament as the Stade de France hosts the opening match between France and Romania on 2016. But whilst most of us will be familiar with iconic sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral, the group stages of the competition provide a good bet to explore a little further afield.
In particular, the beautiful city of Nice hosts matches by the likes of Italy and Republic of Ireland, and offers the chance to explore the magnificent French Riviera. The city is close-by the glittering casinos of Monaco, and also can provide a little peace of mind by visiting one of the chic hotels at tranquil seaside destinations such as Villafranche-sur-Mer and Antibes.
Whereas the northern city of Lens will host a keenly-fought contest between England and Wales that could provide a tempting sports betting option to back the Welsh underdogs. In order not to have to practice your French with the foreign bookmakers, there’s a convenient online option at https://sports.betway.com which is useful for when travelling, and the ‘https’ signifies that it’ll be specially encrypted for advanced security purposes.
For those keen to check out the south-west of France, a trip to Bordeaux should offer a chance to explore this famous wine-growing region, and of course see acclaimed sides such as Spain in action. Although applications for tickets for the matches should have been in by 1 February, there’s always a chance to join in the festive match-day atmosphere at one of Bordeaux’s beautiful squares.
And no trip to France is complete without a visit to Lyon. This historic city will be hosting group matches from the likes of Portugal and Hungary at the Stade de Lyon. And apart from the football, Lyon is widely-known as the gastronomic capital of the world and provides the opportunity to try local delicacies such as coq au vin, rosette lyonnaise and andouillette.
But apart from the football and sports betting options, simply having the opportunity to explore France from the comfort of one of their deluxe trains is the perfect way to enjoy this enchanting nation.