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European Championships

France: Meet the Cities

As the elite nations in Europe prepare to battle it out for the prestigious European Championship trophy when it all kicks off on the 10th June, take a look at some of the nation's cities who will be hosting matches over the course of a four-week feast of European football.

Bordeaux from Stansted Airport

Bordeaux

A historic UNESCO-listed city centre; flower-filled parks and gardens with charming monuments, picturesque ponds and contemporary sculptures; seriously sumptuous eateries, cosy cafés and stylish bistros. And that’s before even mentioning the wine.

From the medieval cobbles of the St Pierre district to the sweeping horseshoe of the Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux is an intriguing beauty with much to see and do. Experience the region’s famous vineyards in all their glory by cycling one of the delightful wine routes.

Ligue 1's FC Girondins de Bordeaux stadium, Stade de Bordeaux, will see 42,000 fans cheering on group games such as Wales vs Slovakia on the 11th June, while a crucial Quarter Final showdown will take place on the 2nd July.

Marseille

This bustling port city is a fascinating medley of classical architecture, thriving popular culture and busy harbour life.

Marseille’s Vieux-Port is its lively and historic heart. Within its ancient stone walls, boats of all shapes and sizes ply the gleaming water, and its popular morning fish market is piled high with the catches of the day. Leisurely hours are easily filled with museums and cafés, and for an island escape hop on the ferry to the sun-bleached rocky isles of the Frioul archipelago.

The impressive 67,000-seater Stade Velodrome rests only 4km outside the city centre for easy access to games including England's opener against Russia on the 10th June, while also hosting crucial Quarter Final and Semi-Final matches at the business end of the championships.

Marseille from Stansted Airport
Nice from Stansted Airport

Nice

Sat on the sparkling Côte d’Azur, Nice has seaside glamour in abundance. Bronzed limbs and designer sunglasses fill the pebbled beach, shiny yachts sway en mass in the pristine harbour and exclusive nightspots keep revellers dancing through the night.

Culture buffs have plenty of museums and galleries to explore, and a wander through the atmospheric lanes of the Old Town leads to all manner of inviting bars and culinary gems.

The 35,000 seater Stade de Nice is the recently opened new stadium of OGC Nice, and will host several group matches and a Round of 16 game during the championships.  

Toulouse

With rose-tinted bricks and one of the best rugby teams in Europe, vibrant Toulouse is one of France’s most unique cities. A foodie gem, there’s no shortage of places to feast on a chunky Toulouse sausage or hearty plates of cassoulet, and the food markets are superb. This is also the country’s aerospace hub, and galactic attractions include the City of Space theme park.

The 1937 constructed Toulouse FC ground, Stadium de Toulouse, is handily located in the city centre island straddling the River Garonne. The picturesque venue and smallest ground in the tournament will host Italy vs Sweden on the 17th June, alongside two more group games and a Round of 16 match.

Toulouse from Stansted Airport