Ladies and gentleman, a summer of sports like this only comes around every few years. Yes, the Summer Olympics do come around this year, taking place in Brazil. But also on the world’s stage is the 2016 UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men's soccer (or football) championship of Europe. We are particularly excited since HomeAway is a national sponsor and official fan accommodation service. As the official accommodation service, it only seemed appropriate to give you a guide on where to stay around France for this year’s UEFA Euro 2016.
Yes, that Bordeaux, which is one of the largest and most popular wine regions in the entire world. Of equal importance, however, is its architecture in the historic part of the city, which has largely been unchanged for centuries, giving it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its “outstanding urban and architectural ensemble.” Many of Bordeaux’s vacation rentals bring all of this together, from houseboats on the outskirts of Bordeaux to historic cottages to 18th-century chateaus. Bordeaux’s football stadium, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, is located just a few miles north of Bordeaux’s city center.
One of the lesser-known UEFA 2016 host cities, Lens is located in the northern part of France, just southwest of the Belgium border. Most unique to Lens is the recently opened Louvre-Lens, which is a local branch of the world-famous Paris museum, the Louvre. Also unique is its football stadium, Stade Bollaert-Delelis, which dates back to 1933, though it was just recently renovated. While there are fewer HomeAway vacation rentals in Lens (as compared to the other host cities), there is high-speed rail service, with Paris approximately an hour away by train.
Just 30 minutes northeast of Lens is Lille, France, located just before the Belgium border, and known as having strong Flemish influences. It has a strong art and cultural presence, with a number of art museums located throughout the city, including the Palais des Beaux-Arts, which is one of the largest art museums in France. HomeAway vacation rentals in Lille strike a balance, from luxury apartments to cozy cottages. And, you can even rent a castle! Stade Pierre-Mauroy, built just a few years ago, is located just a few miles east of Lille’s city center.
Lyon is one of France’s top-three largest cities, located between the two others, Marseille and Paris, in Central France. Like some of the other cities here, such as Bordeaux, its architecture has led to recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A number of Lyon’s several hundred HomeAway vacation rentals are located within some of the city’s beautifully architected buildings, many of which are luxury apartment flats like you’d expect in many European metros. The brand new Parc Olympique Lyonnais is located due east from Lyon’s city center.
Another one of France’s largest cities, Marseille is located on the southern coastline of France. Long a major port city, Marseille is one of France’s oldest cities, which is reflected in its streets that are lined with historic cathedrals, art galleries, and museums. Many of HomeAway’s vacation rentals reflect this, too, like this apartment overlooking the Old Port of Marseille. Other vacation rentals, like this apartment, are characterized by charming outdoor terraces that you’ll often find throughout Marseille. The stadium, Stade Vélodrome, is a longtime multi-purpose stadium that’s just a couple miles south of city center.
Nice, another French coastal town, is one of France top-five largest cities and one of the most popular destinations in France (behind Paris, of course). It offers some of France’s most picturesque metropolitan landscape, tucked between rolling hills and beautiful Southern France coastline. Vacation rentals here range from beautiful villas with swimming pools to historic bourgeoisie apartments to luxury penthouses. Nice’s stadium, Stade de Nice, is located due west just a few miles.
Paris, the “City of Love,” is easily the most recognizable and popular UEFA host city, and for good reason. According to Gogobot, the best of France converges in Paris, from iconic French food markets to traditional French restaurants to renowned attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and Arc de Triomphe. The world is your oyster with thousands of Paris vacation rentals to choose from. If you’re lucky, perhaps you’ll get a vacation home with a view, like this one featuring an Eiffel Tower balcony view. Interestingly enough, the stadium, Parc des Princes, is located just a couple miles southwest of the Eiffel Tower. The opening and final game will be taking place in Saint-Denis, located 30 minutes due north of Paris, at Stade de France, which is the national stadium of France.
Saint-Étienne, located just southwest of Lyon, is a smaller city than most of the previously mentioned UEFA host cities, yet still exudes that same French charm. The cultural and design influences are strong in Saint-Étienne, so much so that it’s been designated a UNESCO City of Design. Saint-Étienne is accessible in less than 45 minutes by train from Lyon, where many people will be staying during UEFA Euro 2016. The stadium, Stade Geoffrey Guichard, is just a couple miles north of city center.
Rentals in Lyon.
Technology and history converge in Toulouse, nicknamed the “Pink City” for its unique pink terracotta bricks used in many of the buildings. Located in South West France, it’s considered one of France’s most beautiful and charming cities, characterized by unique, historic attractions like one of Europe’s oldest universities, University of Toulouse, and Basilica of St. Sernin, a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the largest remaining Romanesque buildings in the world. Vacation rentals in Toulouse vacation rentals range from luxury villas to lofts overlooking Toulouse. Stade de Toulouse is located just a couple miles south of city center.