Euro 2016 accommodation
It seems like no time at all since Spain’s all-conquering hotshots brushed aside Italy to retain their European crown in 2012. The Kiev showpiece marked the end of what had been an exhilarating tournament, restoring the continent’s faith in a swashbuckling, inspirational brand of football. With the event in Poland and Ukraine such a success, the pressure is firmly on France to exceed their predecessors in every respect – a task they are certain to relish. There is, of course, the small matter of the 2014 World Cup to consider, but it would still be wise to book your accommodation as soon as possible. The tournament is, as always, scattered throughout a variety of venues, with ten cities across the country welcoming players and fans alike with open arms. It’s a smart idea to book Euro 2016 accommodation early to avoid disappointment – but not before taking a look at our guide to the best locations for the footballing fiesta.
Euro 2016 accommodation in Paris
As the only city boasting two of the Euro 2016’s host stadiums, as well its other obvious virtues, Paris is as good a place as any to base yourself for the tournament. Should your team battle all the way to the final, the mighty 80,000-seater coliseum that is the Stade de France is just a stone’s throw away in the suburb of Saint Denis, with the cosier Parc des Princes closer to the city centre.
Euro 2016 accommodation in Marseille
Set as it is smack bang in the middle of summer, you may wish to combine your trip to the European Championships with a requisite programme of sunshine-based activities. When the final whistle blows at the stunning, 65,000-seat State Velodrome, the gorgeous town of Marseille will keep you entertained, offering a quirky and heart-warming seaside experience. If you can prise yourself away from the beach, a stroll around Vieux Port is an unforgettable experience – as is a wander down charming Boulevard Longchamp.
Euro 2016 accommodation in Nice
If Marseille is the wonderfully eccentric old uncle of the French Riviera family, Nice is without question the more conventionally glamorous cousin. This is the celebrity hangout, the playground of the stars, and home to the brand-new Allianz Riviera Stadium. Between matches, soak up the Venice Beach-esque culture of Promenade des Anglais, revel in the beauty of the old town or simply while away the hours in the majestic blue waters along the coast. HomeAway has over 3,000 properties to choose from in the vicinity.
Euro 2016 accommodation in Bordeaux
The capital aside, Bordeaux is arguably the most historically significant host city of Euro 2016. Its eternally laid-back demeanour is complemented exquisitely by a myriad of grandiose old buildings and beautiful museums, not least the impressive collection of modern art in the Musee D'Art Contemporain. The city is sure to be busier than usual for the duration of the tournament, but you should still be able to find some tranquillity in the magnificent paths and greenery of the Jardin Botanique.
Euro 2016 accommodation in Lyon
Perhaps not the most fashionable choice of base by comparison, but Lyon is undoubtedly a city that is stunning and fascinating in equal measure. The Chinatown district is among the most popular tourist haunts in the whole of France; despite its modest scale, it is thronged with a dizzying array of shops and restaurants. The Old Town, or Vieux Lyon to the locals, is a truly opulent area, resplendent in charming cobbled streets with boutiques and crafts shops lining the narrow passageways.