This summer, all eyes will be focused on France as the country, which has produced such footballing legends as Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry, hosts the UEFA EURO 2016 Championship.
With matches to be played on some of the most hallowed turf in the game, including Paris’ Stade de France and Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome, the tournament is sure to be memorable. Fans will tune in from the world over to see if Spain can defend their crown, if Germany can achieve a World Cup/UEFA European Championship double, or if England can finally progress past the quarter finals.
Kicking off in Paris on June 10th and culminating in the same stadium with the final on July 10th, the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament offers an extra incentive to embark on a French Riviera yacht charter this summer.
Along with Stade Vélodrome, Nice’s recently unveiled Allianz Riviera will play host to matches in both the group and knockout stages. Each venue boasts some of the Championship’s most highly anticipated matchups and, while the tournament is a sell out, there are still EURO 2016 hospitality packages available which can also be accommodated within your yacht charter itinerary.
Cruise the picturesque calanques of Cassis, sampling locally made rosé wine from Bandol, in the lead-up to England v Russia in Marseille on June 11th; enjoy the delightful backdrop of the Côte d'Azur as you sail along the Riviera to Nice, where Poland plays Northern Ireland the next day. Alternatively, spend your time exploring the charming fishing villages along the coast from Marseille, as you anticipate the game between the host nation and Albania on June 14th. Iceland plays Hungary in Marseille on June 18th, while the last group game falls on June 21st when Ukraine takes on Poland in the same location.
Alternatively you might prefer to be based between Monaco and Cannes to watch defending champions Spain play Turkey in Nice on June 17th, followed by Sweden v Belgium on June 22nd. You can then spend the rest days relaxing as you drop anchor between the islands off Cannes or soak up the sun at one of Eze’s glamorous beach clubs.
Regardless of your allegiance, UEFA makes it easy to follow your team in style for an experience you won't forget.
*Images credits: UEFA; Nice Allianz Riviera - 9jbor - Shutterstock