FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019: tips on visiting the host cities
With the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France, football fans travelling from England and Scotland will no doubt be making the most of the UK’s close proximity to the tournament.
As well as the football, they’ll also get a chance to explore some of the best cities France has to offer, with amazing architecture, great restaurants and artistic culture in abundance.
Meeting in Nice
The two home nations will meet each other for their first group game in Nice, a city nestled between the sea and mountains on the south east coast of France, next to the border with Italy. The city itself was actually Italian before it became part of France in 1860, which accounts for its relaxed Latin vibe and heavily Italian influenced architecture. The city is also nicknamed ‘Nice La Belle’, which translates as ‘Nice the Beautiful’.
The Promenade des Anglais, a long walkway along the seafront in Nice, is popular with inhabitants and tourists alike and a must see spot for football fans looking to take in a good sea view. There are also plenty of museums, monuments and gardens to admire and while away a few hours exploring.
A night out it Rennes
Scotland’s second group game against Japan will see them travel up to the north western corner of the country to Rennes, the largest city in the region of Brittany. Originally named Condate - going back 2,000 years to Gallo-Roman times - Rennes has a lively scene of restaurants, bars and an historic medieval quarter.
Rennes is known to be one of the most festive cities in France and is a hotspot for a celebration of music and the arts. There is also no shortage of concert halls or art house cinemas for travelling fans to take in a show before or after the match and enjoy the city’s classical heritage.
Touring Le Harve
Meanwhile, along the Normandy coastline, England will play their second group game against Argentina in Le Havre, situated on the bank of the River Seine. A relatively modern city, Le Havre is deeply influenced by its maritime traditions and is home to France’s second largest port.
Although the city saw total destruction during the battle for Normandy in World War Two, it was quickly redesigned, rebuilt and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Visitors to the city will find plenty of parks and gardens throughout, with Montegon Forest and Rouelles Park two of the largest green spaces and well worth taking a leisurely stroll around.
Partying in Paris
While England travel back to Nice for their final game against Japan, Scotland will head to Paris for a showdown against Argentina. The legendary Parc de Princes Stadium is sure to provide a spectacular opening ceremony and will be home to seven matches throughout the tournament.
The capital city, which needs no introduction, is sure to be a hive of activity and celebration throughout the tournament and will offer visiting fans no end of iconic views, districts and monuments to take in and explore – not to mention the huge array of restaurants, shops and exhibitions.