7 French holiday rentals perfectly pitched for football fans

As the football world gears up for an exciting summer in venues all around France, we’ve sought out some of the finest properties handy for the host stadiums—but also for seeing the local sites and enjoying everything else these dynamic cities have to offer, from culture to unforgettable dining.

Pitch perfect in Paris

Exposed beams, honey-coloured wooden floors, and light-washed interiors: This four-person apartment with its view over an internal courtyard is a Zen retreat in one of the city’s hippest ’hoods (don’t miss Rue Montorgueil with its artisan market and luscious bakeries). Within a leisurely stroll of some of Paris’s most iconic sites—you’re five minutes from the Centre Pompidou and 20 minutes from the Seine—it’s also just a couple of minutes from Arts et Métiers metro station, allowing you to reach both the Stade de France Saint-Denis in the north of the city and Parc des Princes in the west in 45 minutes.

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Game on in Marseille

Feast your eyes on the city’s gorgeous Old Port from the large windows of this duplex loft sleeping up to four, with a funky contemporary design in which pops of primary colours enliven a minimalist background of black, white, and grey. Whether you're heading for the beaches (Les Catalans is 1.5 km away) or the exhibitions on Mediterranean culture at MuCEM (1.6 km), this apartment is brilliantly located for exploring one of France's most compelling, history-laden cities. It's also only 20 minutes from the State Vélodrome by metro (the nearest station a six-minute walk away) or by bus.

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Another league in Lyon and Saint-Etienne

Cute, colourful, and endowed with every practicality you need for a great city break, including a private parking space, this four-person apartment situated on the ground floor of a secure residence is ideally located for many of Lyon’s unmissable attractions, from famous gastronomic restaurants to UNESCO World Heritage-listed buildings. As for the must-see matches of summer 2016, you’re only 25 minutes by car from the Parc Olympique Lyonnais and 50 minutes from the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

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Ball skills to bar hopping in Bordeaux

With a plum location in the city centre with its UNESCO-classified architecture, just a couple of minutes from the social hubs of Place Gambetta and the Cour de l’Intendance, this endearing apartment for four blends modern gadgetry (including an espresso machine and an iPhone dock) with warm, rich colours that highlight its cosy setting beneath the eaves. (The bedroom with its skylight is a dreamy nest.) The property is as equally well situated for football fans as it is for lovers of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues: The Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux is less than 40 minutes away by bus or tram.

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From match days to markets on the Med

Drenched in seaside light, this contemporary-meets-classic apartment for four occupies a stately Belle Epoque building in the centre, a mere 400 metres from the beach and the Promenade des Anglais. Air-conditioned and featuring its own lovely balcony from which to watch the world go by, it’s surrounded by tempting restaurants and boutiques and is only a 15-minute stroll from Cours Saleya market, renowned for its flowers and regional produce—and on Mondays, its antiques. Meanwhile, football fans will be delighted to be just 25 minutes from the Stade Allianz Riviera by car (45 minutes by bus).

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Country living near Lille and Lens

Book one of these two charming gîtes sleeping two or four and you can soak up rural calm and a village atmosphere while being just 20 minutes from the city of Lille and its Stade Pierre-Mauroy, and 30 minutes from Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens. Built in handsome red brick and decorated in a simple rustic style, the cottages sit in a leafy garden complete with a terrace and a barbecue—the ideal spot for relaxing in the sunshine after watching football or exploring the local area, or a mixture of the two.

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A rosy place to stay in Toulouse

The city’s roofscape unfurls at your feet as you enjoy an apéritif or a meal on the spacious balcony of this apartment for four with its bright and trendy decor. You also have access to a shared garden. The property is just an eight-minute walk from the Stade Toulousain, known around the world for its rugby, but football fans will need to head just a little farther—to the Stadium Municipal, 5 km away. If you catch the sporting bug, head for the municipal bike station five minutes from the apartment and discover the “pink city” under your own steam.

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