Euro 2016 in Marseilles: Prepare your stay
This year, Marseilles, a land of football, is playing host to Euro 2016! Here, when it comes to football, the subject is taken very seriously. The new (and legendary) Vélodrome stadium, renovated especially for the occasion, promises an exceptional atmosphere. Euro 2016 will be held from 10 June to 10 July. If you have planned to come to Marseilles at the last minute in order to take part in the football event of the year, if you want to use the opportunity of your Euro 2016 stay to take advantage of Marseilles and its surroundings, or even if you do not have any tickets, we can offer you a selection of hotels and useful tips for keeping up with the matches, enjoying some exhibitions, events in the city and interesting addresses in the city while Euro 2016 is underway as well as all the useful information you will need to get the most out of your stay or your weekend in Marseilles.
Where to stay during Euro 2016
Last-minute booking ?
You have your tickets for Euro 2016, but you can’t find any accommodation? Just in case you may have overlooked a good address, we offer a selection of hotels, gites and bed & breakfasts in Marseilles. If the city is already overbooked or you want to avoid the crowds and escape Euro 2016 a little, but only a little, Aix, Aubagne, Cassis, Martigues and Marignane (near the airport) offer a host of excellent solutions. And, since the weather will be fine and hot and there will be a great atmosphere, here are also the best campsites in the area where you can stay inexpensively during the event!
Things to see and do in Marseilles during Euro 2016
What about using the opportunity to enjoy some visits?
Firstly, Euro 2016 is all about football and visiting the Vélodrome Stadium, but it also offers the opportunity to discover and enjoy Marseilles between matches! The city is packed with great natural and cultural attractions for you to discover… Take time to visit Mucem, Fort Saint Jean or the Palais du Pharo and enjoy the exceptional views over the sea. When it comes to monuments, there is no shortage of places to see, from Major Cathedral to Bonne Mère Basilica including the gardens of Palais Longchamp. In terms of nature, it is the perfect season to take advantage of the turquoise waters of the Calanques limestone cliffs, set sail on a mini cruise to the Frioul islands, stroll along the seafront among the hills and shrubs towards the fishing port of Callelongue.
Football, a sport for all in Marseilles
The new Velodrome Stadium
Great supporters and a wonderful atmosphere!
Things to do in Marseilles during Euro 2016
Where to go between matches?
In order to get the most out of every instant during the Euro, use our thematic programmes and be guided by all the handy tips and suggestions! Whether you are a party animal, or more into music, theatre or shows, or if you like keeping up with the latest exhibitions, wherever you go you will always find plenty to do in Marseilles.
Where to eat pizza (pronounced pizz’) before or after Euro 2016 matches.
Football and partying make you work up an appetite! And, if you are in Marseilles, you might as well use the opportunity to savour the local specialities! We recommend the atmosphere of a small fishing port in the heart of the city at the brand-new Chez Jeannot and still at the seaside, why not try L’Eau à la Bouche on the Corniche. Chez Sauveur offers an authentic Italian-Marseille ambience. Do not miss a place that has become an institution in the Panier neighbourhood, Chez Etienne, as well as a newcomer already hailed by the critics at the top of the Vauban neighbourhood, the well-named Bonne Mère. If you go to La Ciotat, we recommend you to a nice pizz' aperitive to the Four Pop. And, since we don’t want to make anyone jealous, here is all the pizzerias, which, inevitably, are all delicious, in the city and the surrounding area.
Enjoying the Euro 2016 atmosphere
Where to experience the OM ambience?
Even if it is Euro 2016, you must not forget our own legendary team. If you want to experience the Olympique de Marseille ambience, visit the OM official store at the Vélodrome Stadium or on the Canebière and bring back a few souvenirs for your colleagues, or have a drink at the OM café.
The best bars for watching matches during Euro 2016
Where to watch matches live and enjoy a drink?
In Marseilles, it is possible to watch the sun setting on the sea right next to the Fanzone at the Red Lion, famous for its young and British atmosphere and live match broadcasts. The Black Unicorn is a popular spot with football fans, although it is a little more out of the way, and 20 000 Lieues sous la bière will offer you the chance to enjoy an original insight into the Marseille way of life and admire the magnificent view from Les Goudes. In Aix-en-Provence, enjoy the Wohoo’s multicultural atmosphere, which celebrates the occasion: For every drink consumed (in moderation) during the first half, you do your bets about the match and, if the answer is good, the drink will be offered! Finally discover the the crazy Irish atmosphere of the O’Shannon pub, located on the lively Rue de la Verrerie. In Cassis, the Bar de la Fontaine is famous for its atmosphere on match evenings.
Football in the stadium, in front of a screen or even on the beach
One small piece of advice for the road… “Never wear the shirt for France, always wear the shirt for Marseilles!”
The Prado, the gathering place of the Euro 2016 Fanzone
Going out in Marseilles, by car, train or bus from Saint-Charles train station
And what about taking some time out to explore the surroundings?
Recharge your batteries and treat yourself between matches? Around Marseilles, you will be able to visit Cassis and enjoy its restaurants on the port, its small shops, and take advantage of the season to hire a kayak in La Ciotat in order to explore the Calanques limestone cliffs. Savour a Provencal treat of terroir and traditions in the pretty town of Aix-en-Provence, with its squares, fountains and restaurants. And, if you want to try further afield, admire the beauty of the Alpilles massif: explore the stone village of Baux de Provence or the small town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. And for nature lovers who want to escape the crowds and the hustle and bustle of Marseilles for few hours, the Camargue and its marshes will lead you on a wild and natural adventure, while Arles will transport you back in time to the world of gladiators!
Meet up around Euro 2016
Where can you find the Fanzone?
A Fanzone has been set up for football fans in order to broadcast all the matches and, above all, to share moments of fun and laughter at the seaside. The Fanzone will be installed on the Prado beaches, near the Vélodrome stadium and will be secured. It will offer a capacity of 80,000 people. A good atmosphere guaranteed!
Euro 2016 match schedule in Marseilles
Saturday, June 11th at 9 pm: England VS Russia
Wednesday, June 15th at 9 pm: France VS Albania
Saturday, June 18th at 6 pm: Iceland VS Hungary
Tuesday, June 21th at 6 pm: Ukraine VS Poland
Thursday, June 30th at 9 pm: Quarterfinals: Winner RS (Saint Etienne) VS Winner RS (Lens)
Thursday, July 7th at 9 pm: Semi-finals: Winner QF (Bordeaux) VS Winner QF (Saint-Denis)
Time to eat outside
Picnics are a great way to escape from routine and spend some quality time with friends, family or your partner. Whether you opt for the seaside, a park or vineyard, they are an ode to simple pleasures and sharing.
Time to row
Fancy grabbing your paddle and swishing off to the translucent waters of En-Vau fjord? Test your biceps with a kayak tour of the myriad of fjords dotted along the coast between Cassis and Marseille.