Where are Brits heading for Euro 2016?
Three countries from the United Kingdom have qualified for the 2016 European Championships, which kick off in France next month. Fans haven’t got long if they wish to renew European Health Insurance Cards ahead of the big tournament, and the supporters from England, Wales and Northern Ireland should note which cities are likely to be hot spots to support their teams.
English fans will be treated to a trip to the French Riviera for their group game against Russia, and should they make the quarter-finals – or even semi-finals, for the first time since 1996 – they could return to the idyllic city by the Mediterranean later in the tournament. The vibrant nightlife, centred around the bars in the port area, is sure to be to the liking of England’s notoriously thirsty hordes of fans.
Even more England fans, along with their Welsh cousins, are likely to descend on the city of Lens in far northern France, for the crunch Group B game on Thursday 16th June. Lens is a quiet town which was once the centre of a busy coal mining operation, and those hopping across The Channel haven’t got far to travel in order to catch the game. The Stade Bollaert-Delelis, the stadium which can house the entire population of Lens with room to spare, is only 2km from the city centre.
Northern Ireland take on Ukraine in Lyon, so expect a large contingent of green-clad supporters to make the trip to France’s second city. Known for its restaurants, lively riverside promenades and fantastic array of historical sites, Lyon has much to offer football fans away from the action.
Last but certainly not least, Bordeaux will host games played by both Wales (v Slovakia) and Northern Ireland (v Belgium), so we can expect a healthy mix of supporters from both western and eastern Europe. Bordeaux is the centre of a world famous wine region, for those fans that can bear to put down their beers! It is also known as one of Europe’s most elegant cities, and visitors can enjoy the grand 18th century architecture which characterises the city centre. Just ensure you pack your EHIC.