Euro 2016 Stadium Guide

01 Jul Euro 2016 Stadium Guide

The 2016 tournament will be the third time that a EURO finals has been staged on French soil. After 1960, UEFA took the tournament back there in 1984. It was the hosts who emerged victorious in a wonderful final round which ended with UEFA President Michel Platini, the team’s captain and talisman, brandishing the trophy in triumph at the Parc des Princes in Paris and creating a new championship scoring record with nine goals – including hat-tricks against Belgium and Yugoslavia. Since then, France have enjoyed yet more glory in front of their own fans, when they won the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Now, the French Football Federation (FFF) will be proud hosts of the 2016 event, with cities such as Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne and Nice waiting to greet the football family and each team’s supporters. Below are some places to eat, stay and see around a few selected playing stadiums.

Stade de Nice, Nice

Capacity: 35 624

Address: Boulevard des Jardiniers, 06200 Nice, France

2 Stade de Nice, Nice

The Allianz Riviera, also known as Grand Stade de Nice, is the recently opened new stadium of OGC Nice. Nice had long tried to build a new stadium to replace their old and run-down Stade du Ray. However, construction was halted the previous year because of concerns related to the future cost of the structure. Plans for the stadium, located in Saint-Isidore near theVar, were then shelved. The project was revived as part of France’s ultimately successful bid to host UEFA Euro 2016. Due to sponsorship regulations, the stadium is known as the Stade de Nice in UEFA competition.

=What to Do=

•Colline du Chateau

3 Colline du Chateau

The Colline du Chateau overlooking the Baie des Anges and the harbour offers a spectacular vantage point overlooking the city. Not much is left of its ruined castle besides crumbling walls. Still, climbing up the stairs to reach the platforms 90 metres above Nice is well worth the view. There is also an ascenseur (lift), which will take you three quarters of the way up. Be aware that the castle “park” closes at around sunset. Expect to be escorted outside if you stay longer.

•Beach Villefranche

4 Beach Villefranche

The Beach Villefranche is a great day trip from Nice because of its proximity, size and beach. It is not fine sand, but much better than the smooth stones that make up Nice’s beaches. Additionally, because the town is quite small, there are next to no tourists clogging up the quaint, waterfront town.

•Promenade des Anglais

5 Promenade des Anglais

The most famous stretch of seafront in Nice – if not France – is this vast paved promenade, which gets its name from the English ex-pat patrons who paid for it in 1822. It runs for the whole 4km sweep of the Baie des Anges with a dedicated lane for cyclists and skaters. Along the way, keep an eye out for a few of the promenade’s landmarks, including the Hôtel Negresco , the art-deco Palais de la Méditerranée (1929) and Niçoise sculptor Sabine Géraudie’s giant iron sculpture La Chaise de SAB (2014), which pays homage to the city’s famous blue-and-white beach chairs.

=Where to Eat=


Address: 5 Rue Gioffredo, 06000 Nice, France

6 Geppetto


Address: 12 Rue Lascaris, 06300 Nice, France

7 Jan Rue Lascaris

•La Route du Miam

Address: 1 Rue Moliere, Nice, France

=Where to Stay=

•Hotel Villa Rose


Address: 43 Avenue Bellevue, 06100 Nice, France

8 Hotel Villa Rose

•Hotel 64 Nice


Address: 64 avenue Jean Médecin, 06000 Nice, France

9 Hotel 64 Nice



Address: 10 Rue Vernier, 06000 Nice, France

10 Parisien Rue Vernier

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Capacity: 67 396

Address: 3 Boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseille, France

11 Stade Velodrome, Marseille

The stadium was almost completely rebuilt for the 1998 World Cup, and it was then when the stadium got its characteristic round-shaped stands. The capacity got increased to about 60,000 seats, though the new stadium was also criticised for its lack of cover. New redevelopment plans were presented following France being awarded the Euro 2016 tournament. Works included the almost complete reconstruction of the two principal stands, and other works that increased the capacity by another 7,000 seats.

=What to Do=

•Vieux Port

12 Vieux Port

Ships have docked for more than 26 centuries at the city’s birthplace, the colourful old port. The main commercial docks were transferred to the Joliette area north of here in the 1840s, but the old port remains a thriving harbour for fishing boats, pleasure yachts and tourists. The port’s southern quay is dotted with bars, brasseries and cafes. For supremely lazy sightseers, there’s also a cross-port ferry. Perched at the edge of the peninsula, the Jardin du Pharo is a perfect picnic and sunset spot.

•Le Panier

13 Le Panier

From the Vieux Port, hike north up to this fantastic history-woven quarter, which is fabulous for a wander with its artsy ambience, cool hidden squares and sun-baked cafes. It has a mishmash of lanes hiding artisan shops, ateliers (workshops) and terraced houses strung with drying washing. Its centerpiece is Centre de la Vieille Charité , and nearby Cathédrale de Marseille Notre Dame de Major stands guard between the old and new ports.

•Marseille Cathedral


The Cathedral de la Major Marseille France is one of the most important national monuments in France. Its full name in French is the Cathedrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille. The cathedral received the designation of basilica minor from the Roman Catholic Church in 1896 and is currently the seat of the Archdiocese of Marseille. The Marseille Cathedral that we see today was constructed primarily between 1852 and 1896 on a site that had been used for various cathedrals in the city of Marseille as long ago as the fifth century.

=What to Eat=

•Chez Fonfon

Address: 140 Rue du Vallon des Auffes, Marseille, France

•Une Table Au Sud

Address: Une Table Au Sud, 2 Quai du Port, Marseille, France

14 Une Table Au Sud, Marseille

•La Cote De Boeuf

Address: La Cote De Boeuf, 35 cours Honore d Estienne d’Orves, Marseille, France

15 La Cote De Boeuf

=Where to Stay=

•Loft Vue Mer


Address: Résidence Les Terrasses de la Méditerranée – Rond-Point de Foresta – Appt E22, 13015 Marseille, France

16 Lofts

•Gite Grise Mine Deco


Address: 42 boulevard Larrat, 13010 Marseille, France

•Alex Hotel


Address: 13-15 Place des Marseillaises, 13001 Marseille, France

17 Alex Hotel

Stade de Lyon, Lyon

Capacity: 59 186

Address: 10 Avenue Simone Veil, 69150 Decines-Charpieu, France

18 Stade de Lyon, Lyon

Parc Olympique Lyonnais, also referred to as Grand Stade OL or Stade des Lumières, is the recently opened new home of Olympique Lyonnais and as such replaced Stade Gerland. Lyon had been looking at the possibility of building a new stadium since 2007, but saw earlier proposals delayed due to local opposition and a lack of funding because of the financial crisis. The project received the final push when France got awarded the Euro 2016 tournament and Lyon got selected as a host city.

=What to Do=

•Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere

19 Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (known as Basilique de Fourvière in French) is a minor basilica in Lyon. It was built with private funds between 1872 and 1884 in a dominant position overlooking the city. The site it occupies was once the Roman forum of Trajan, the forum vetus (old forum), thus its name.

•Parc de la Tete d’Or

20 Parc de la Tete d’Or
Parc de la Tête d’Or (“Park of the Golden Head”), in Lyon, is a large urban park in France with an area of approximately 117 hectares (290 acres). Located in the 6th arrondissement, it features a lake on which boating takes place during the summer months. In the central part of the park, there is a small zoo, with giraffes, elephants, deer, reptiles, primates, and other animals. There are also sports facilities, such as a velodrome, boules court, mini-golf, horse riding, and a miniature train.

•Place Bellecour

21 Place Bellecour

La Place Bellecour is a large square in the centre of LyonFrance, to the north of the Ainay district. It is one of the largest open square (i.e. without any patches of greenery or trees) in Europe, and the third biggest square in France. In the middle is an equestrian statue of king Louis XIV by François-Frédéric Lemot (1825). The square also has two pavilions, housing the tourist information office of Lyon and an art gallery. The square is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

=What to Eat=

•Le Jean-Moulin

Address: 22 Rue Gentil, Lyon, France

22 Le Jean-Moulin

•In Cuisine

Address: 1 Place Bellecour, Lyon France

23 In Cuisine

•Canut et les Gones

Address: 29 Rue Belfort, Lyon, France

the authentic interior of le canut et les gones

=Where to Stay=

•Le Bellini


Address: 42 rue des Tuiliers, 8th arr., 69008 Lyon, France

•Le Love Spa


Address: 2 rue Camille Roy, 7th arr., 69007 Lyon, France

25 Le Love Spa

•Dormir Autrement


Address: 28 Bis Rue Camille, 3rd arr., 69003 Lyon, France

26 Dormir Autrement

Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Metrople

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Stade Pierre Mauroy, earlier referred to as Grand Stade Lille Métropole, was built to provide Lille OSC with a new and modern home. Lille’s original home was Stade Grimonprez-Jooris, where they played until 2004 when they moved away to Stade Lille-Métropole in the hope of redeveloping Stade Grimonprez-Jooris. Stade Pierre Mauroy is a multifunctional arena that can be converted from a football stadium to a large concert venue or smaller indoors sports or concert arena. It is equipped with a retractable roof.

=What to Do=

•Musee d’Histoire Naturelle

28 Musee d’Histoire Naturelle

The Musée d’Histoire Naturelle de Lille, or Lille Natural History Museum, was founded in 1822. It houses zoological and geological collections. Its holdings have recently been enhanced by ethnographic specimens from the Musée Moillet and industrial objects from the old Musée Industriel et Commercial de Lille.

•Palais des Beaux

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The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille (Lille Palace of Fine Arts) is a municipal museum dedicated to fine arts, modern art, and antiquities. It is one of the largest art museums in France.

•Lille Cathedral

30 Lille Cathedral

Lille Cathedral, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Treille is a Roman Catholic cathedral and basilica, and a national monument of France, located in the city of Lille. It has been the seat of the Bishop of Lille since the creation of the diocese in 1913, although construction of the church of Notre Dame de la Treille began in 1854. The church takes its name from a 12th-century statue of the Virgin Mary.

=What to Eat=

•Aux Epherites

Address: 17 Rue Nicolas Leblanc, 59000, Lille, France

•Quai 38

Address: 38 Rue St Sebastian, 59000, Lille, France

31 Quai 38


Address: 22 Rue des Bouchers, 59000, Lille, France

32 Bloempot

=Where to Stay=

•Instants Lille


Address: 103 rue Royale, 59000 Lille, France

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Address: Chemin de Halage BP 30101 Haubourdin, 59320 Lille, France

•Best Western Premier Why Hotel


Address: 7 bis Square Morisson, 59000 Lille, France

34 Best Western Premier Why Hotel