A sporting chance in Europe

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There are plenty of sports to see this summer, and with a myriad of options across the European continent, it can be hard to know where to head to. As long as you’ve got your EHIC card, any one of the following makes for a great sporty summer getaway.

Soccer in Spain

The world’s favourite sport is considered to be akin to religion in Spain, and with two of the planet’s biggest teams plying their trade in ‘La Liga’, entertainment can be high. Real Madrid and Barcelona are fierce rivals and ‘El Classico’ is arguably one of the most watched games in world football. Tickets can be hard to get, but there are plenty of options to land yourself a seat at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium or Barca’s Camp Nou. If you can’t get yourself a ticket to the game, it’s worth taking in the match in either city’s plethora of bars. Make sure you cheer for the home team though – tensions can run high on derby day.

Rugby in France

With money pouring into the French rugby league, the ‘Top 14’ offers the chance to see some of the greatest rugby players in action. The league offers some exotic destinations too for travellers, in particular down in the south where you can enjoy games relatively cheaply while enjoying picturesque views and some outstanding cuisine post-match. The French national team play their games in Paris and come 6 Nations time, it becomes the place to be, especially when England come to town. Tickets can be expensive, but reasonable packages are available for an unforgettable experience.

Cricket in England

With the home of cricket situated in London, Lord’s is a must-see attraction for any cricket fan. The England national team play two test matches a year at Lord’s, but if you can’t bag yourself a ticket, you can still pay for a guided tour and see the smallest trophy in world sport in the form of the Ashes urn. There are plenty of other opportunities to see lots of Britain’s summer sport in some excellent locations. Durham offers an ideal setting with the imperious cathedral overlooking the ground as the play goes on. Manchester’s Old Trafford – different from the Old Trafford of Manchester United fame – is ideally situated to take in Manchester’s sights, with one of Europe’s largest shopping centres not too far away in the shape of the Trafford Centre.

Wherever you’re drawn to for some sporting action, be sure to always take your European Health Insurance Card with you! Your E111 card entitles you to healthcare while travelling in Europe.