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first_imgNice: Stade de NiceThe 4km walkway along Nice’s famous beach is called the Promenade des Anglais: back in the nineteenth century, the town became a popular ‘overwintering’ spot for wealthy English visitors, who paid for the walkway’s construction, hence the name. Nowadays, however, many visitors choose to rollerblade rather than stroll along it, and you can join them by renting skates at Roller Station. And Nice offers plenty of other distractions aside from dangerous modes of transport, like socca (the pancake, not the American game) and helicopter rides to Monaco.Where to eat: Try the traditional (and cheap) dish of socca at Chez Pipo, as well as at various socca stands around town. But if you want to push the boat out, head to the swanky L’Ane Rouge in the harbour, where the menu changes daily according to what’s fresh at the local market. Prices range from €27 for the ‘Market Menu’ up to €68 for the ‘Riviera Menu’.Where to drink: To watch the matches, try King’s Pub, which offers live music as well as live sports coverage, and provides plenty of medieval weaponry to admire…seriously!Matches at Stade de Nice:12 June 18:00 – Poland vs Northern Ireland17 June 21:00 – Spain vs Turkey22 June 21:00 – Sweden vs Belgium27 June 21:00 – Runner-up of Group B vs Runner-up of Group F RelatedHow to travel to France for Women’s World Cup Find cheap flights to France Photo credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd What better way to kick-start your summer than with a trip across the English Channel to see the Women’s World Cup? Top-notch athletes from 24 countries compete in the eighth edition of the tournament taking place in France from 7 June-7…Six Nations cities; rugby and relaxationSix Nations cities; rugby and relaxationSix Nations Rugby 2013: cities guideIt’s Six Nations time, so we show you where to sample the big match atmosphere in each of the host cities. Len: Stade Bollaert-DelelisThis former mining town (nearest airport Lille) was given a boost in 2012 when the Louvre opened up an art museum in the area to display objects from its famous collection. The Louvre-Lens is open every day except Tuesday from 10am to 6pm, and it’s free to enter until the end of 2016, with temporary exhibitions priced at €10.Where to eat: Le Pain de la Bouche (41 Rue de la Gare) offers excellent traditional food and regional specialities, such as filet mignon and Flemish gingerbread.Where to drink: Try Cubana Bar, open until 1am most evenings and offers salsa nights as well as screenings of the Euro 2016 matches.Matches at Stade Bollaert-Delelis:11 June 15:00 – Albania vs Switzerland16 June 15:00 – England vs Wales21 June 21:00 – Czech Republic vs Turkey25 June 21:00 – Winner of Group D vs Third Place Group B/E/F Paris: Parc de PrincesParis makes a second appearance on our list, but whereas the Stade de France is in the northern satellite town, Parc des Princes (home of Paris Saint-Germain) is nestled in the southwest of the city of lights. And if this is your second time to Paris, or your third, fourth or fifth, check out these things you might have missed first time around.Where to eat: If you’re wondering where to eat, look no further – our insider’s guide offers up a list of the best restaurants put together by a local gourmant.Where to drink: A spot right nearby the stadium that’s perfect for a pre-match tipple is Aux Trois Obus and you can nibble some escargots or duck foie gras on the terrace, too, if the fancy takes you. Matches at Parc de Princes:12 June 15:00 – Turkey vs Croatia15 June 18:00 – Romania vs Switzerland18 June 21:00 – Portugal vs Austria21 June 18:00 – Northern Ireland vs Germany25 June 18:00 – Winner of Group B vs Third Place Group A/C/D Lille: Stade Pierre MauroyThe highlight of this city, which is situated on the French border with Belgium, might just be the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille (open Monday 2pm to 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, entry €7), which is well worth a visit if you have a bit of downtime between matches. The nineteenth-century Belle Époque-style building houses the second largest art collection in France after the Louvre, including paintings by Raphael and Donatello (not the turtles, the other ones).Where to eat: Drop by Le Potager des Demoiselles for some great-value grub: a lunchtime burger and fries, drink and dessert will set you back a mere €15.Where to drink: If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the match, you’ll always find a lively atmosphere at Café Oz, an Australian sports bar that does a mean cocktail. But if you’re after some fancy beer, try the huge range on offer at La Capsule where you’ll find up to a dozen are on tap at a time, with plenty more in bottles.Matches at Stade Pierre Mauroy:12 June 21:00 – Germany vs Ukraine15 June 15:00 – Russia vs Slovakia19 June 21:00 – Switzerland vs France22 June 21:00 – Italy vs Republic of Ireland26 June 18:00 – Winner of Group C vs Third Place Group A/B/F1 July 21:00 – Quarter Final (Winner of Match 38 vs Winner of Match 42) Which stadiums are hosting the Euro 2016?Stade de France, Saint-Denis ParisStade Velodrome, MarseilleStade de Lyon, LyonStade Pierre Mauroy, LilleParc de Princes, ParisStade de Bordeaux, BordeauxStade Geoffrey-Guichard, Saint-ÉtienneStade de Nice, NiceStade Bollaert-Delelis, Len, nearest airport LilleStadium de Toulouse, ToulouseSaint-Denis: Stade de FranceThis northern suburb of Paris is home to the magnificent 80,000-seater Stade de France, which hosted the 1998 World Cup Final and will welcome fans to the final of Euro 2016 on July 10th. Where to eat: Billing itself as ‘burger chic’, you can’t go wrong with AT HOM&S for sumptuous burgers and chips. All of their fare is made on the premises, from the burgers to the sauces, right down to the buns and their fabulous chutneys.Where to drink: If you’re looking to watch the football on the big screen, or if you fancy a pre-match pint, there are several Irish pubs in Saint-Denis, such as The King Lewis (79 Rue du Landy). But there are a few more options if you head into Paris, including The Frog and Rosbif on Rue St Denis, which houses a brewery in the cellar and is open until 2am every day.Matches at Stade de France:10 June 21:00 – France vs Romania13 June 18:00 – Republic of Ireland vs Sweden16 June 21:00 – Germany vs Poland22 June 18:00 – Iceland vs Austria27 June 18:00 – Winner of Group E vs Runner-up of Group D3 July 21:00 – Quarter Final (Winner of Match 40 vs Winner of Match 44)10 July 21:00 – Final Toulouse: Stadium de ToulouseToulouse is the centre of the European aerospace industry, housing the headquarters of Airbus and the SPOT satellite system, as well as the Toulouse Space Centre. You can celebrate all things aeronautic at the Cité de l’espace theme park, which houses various spacecraft and objects from space, as well as the ‘Moon Runner’, which lets you bound around as if you’re walking on the Moon (open daily 10am to 5pm, or 6pm on weekends, adult tickets start from €21).Where to eat: Pick up marvellously cheap and filling lunches at Ô Thé Divin, but the real reason to go is for the remarkable cake selection – their cake pyramid is proudly displayed in the window.Where to drink: For a home from home your only choice has to be The George and Dragon a British pub near Place Capitole that has a wide selection of imported English ales. But for a more authentic French evening out, head to Bar á la Une (1 Chemin Cassaing) near the centre of town for an apéro or two.Matches at Stadium de Toulouse:13 June 15:00 – Spain vs Czech Republic17 June 15:00 – Italy vs Sweden20 June 21:00 – Russia vs Wales26 June 21:00 – Winner of Group F vs Runner-up of Group E Bordeaux: Stade de BordeauxLooking for more sights to see while you’re in town for Euro 2016? Bordeaux is home to a plethora of first-rate museums and galleries, including the CAPC museum of contemporary art, but its name is synonymous with wine. If you have time on your trip, make sure to head out to one of the region’s famous wineries to sample some of the liquid produce, such as Château Pape-Clément, one the oldest vineyards in the region.Where to eat: Try Côté Rue, where the chefs promise a “vortex of flavours” and some beautifully presented platters. The lunchtime set menu is great value for what’s on offer, starting at €21.Where to drink: TheCity (21 Rue du Palais Gallien) offers flatscreen TVs showing all the games, and they also have ping pong tables, because why not?!Matches at Stade de Bordeaux:11 June 18:00 – Wales vs Slovakia14 June 18:00 – Austria vs Hungary18 June 15:00 – Belgium vs Republic of Ireland21 June 21:00 – Croatia vs Spain2 July 21:00 – Quarter Final (Winner of Match 41 vs Winner of Match 43) Travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:”With only a few days left before the tournament kicks off, fans should visit gov.uk/euro2016 for a final check on what they need to do to ensure they have an enjoyable trip. They can also read up on the latest travel advice for France.“In addition, the Fan Guides (produced by the Football Supporters Federation) provide a great overview of the hosting cities, including advice on getting to the stadiums, suggestions on where to eat and other key attractions for those of you who have a bit more time to look around the area. Fans can download their versions using these links for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You’ll also find a handy contact card at the back to keep on you throughout the tournament.“Don’t forget to take photocopies of your passport and ensure you have appropriate travel insurance; an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), and driving licence – if you’re looking to hire while you’re abroad. You can also sign up to our latest travel advice alerts and on Twitter and Facebook with @FCOtravel. But most of all don’t forget to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the first championship in a generation to feature three home nations!”Martin Redmond, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Campaigns Team Marseille: Stade VelodromeThe oldest city in France, Marseille is dripping with culture and antiquity. When you’re not enjoying the beautiful game, soak up all of the city’s history at the Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM) (entry €9.50, open daily 10am to 7pm), an imposing black square perched in the waters off Marseilles that showcases art and artefacts from across the Med.Where to eat: O’bidul is regularly packed, so you’ll need to pre-book if you want to enjoy one of the best restaurants Marseille has to offer. The menu is constantly revised to match the locally sourced produce, and a starter and main course costs around €17*.Where to drink: O’Brady’s Irish Pub is an ideal place to watch the matches – just a few blocks from the Stade Velodrome, it was opened in 1996 by the sports-mad son of the French athletic team coach, who fell in love with Irish pubs after a visit to Dublin. If you just want to soak up the atmosphere of Marseilles, however, there’s no better place than the Vieux Port. Head down to the waterfront, grab a seat on the terrace at Bar de la Marine (15 Quai du Rive Neuve) and sip a pastis as the sun sets. Take a look at our guide for more on what’s hot in scorching Marseille.Matches at Stade Velodrome11 June 21:00 – England vs Russia15 June 21:00 – France vs Albania18 June 18:00 – Iceland vs Hungary21 June 18:00 – Ukraine vs Poland30 June 21:00 – Quarter Final (Winner of Match 37 vs Winner of Match 39)7 July 21:00 – Semi Final (Winner of Match 47 vs Winner of Match 48) Saint-Étienne: Stade Geoffrey-GuichardMining has played a big part in the history of Saint-Étienne, so it seems fitting that one of its top attractions is the Musée de la Mine (open daily (except Monday mornings) 9am – 12.30pm, 2pm – 6pm, entry €4.50). As well as exhibits on the life of a miner, the museum lets you travel to the bottom of a real coal mine.Where to eat: Back on the surface, try La Java Bleue for an unpretentious meal of chunky steak and homemade fries.Where to drink: Café Saint-Jacques (3 Rue des Martyrs de Vingré) in the city centre is popular with those looking to catch football on the big screen, and it even has a little roof terrace.Matches at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard:14 June 21:00 – Portugal vs Iceland17 June 18:00 – Czech Republic vs Croatia20 June 21:00 – Slovakia vs England25 June 15:00 – Runner-up of Group A vs Runner up of Group C Lyon: Stade de LyonThe view of Lyon is dominated by the ‘upside-down elephant’. Euros aside, clear some time to visit La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière (open daily 8am to 6.45pm), built on a hill overlooking the city in the nineteenth century and indeed, resembles an inverted pachyderm.Where to eat: To chow down on some seriously impressive fodder, make a beeline for Danton (8 Rue Danton, Tel: 0437480010) but be prepared to make a reservation well in advance. This fantastic bistro offers top-notch French cuisine, including sublimely tender pork roasted for 72 hours.Where to drink: When it comes to watching the match, try the Wallace Bar – it has four huge screens showing the football, and prides itself on its impressive whisky list. For more ideas on where to head in Lyon (apart from the stadium of course) take a look-see here.Matches at Stade de Lyon13 June 21:00 – Belgium vs Italy16 June 18:00 – Ukraine vs Northern Ireland19 June 21:00 – Romania vs Albania22 June 21:00 – Hungary vs Portugal26 June 15:00 – Winner of Group A vs Third Place Group C/D/E6 July 21:00 – Semi Final (Winner of Match 45 vs Winner of Match 46) Discover more fantastic places to visit in France:8 ways to explore the Cote d’Azur on a budgetHow to live it up in Cannes and the French Riviera in style if you’re a few quid short of a super yacht.South of France holidays: 5 incredible road tripsGlitz, glamour and Grace Kelly: the south of France has it all in slick spades, so join us now as we take you on a tour of the best driving routes in the region.10 romantic hotels in Paris close to 10 great attractionsTreat that special someone to a romantic getaway in one of these hotels close to the top attractions.*Published June 2016. 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