Posted on 26th Apr 2016
Nice, the capital of the Cote d’Azur is a very popular tourist destination for many Europeans, especially among the British.
Nice is the second most popular French destination after Paris and it is understandable to see why. The city has year-round sunshine and the beaches look set to make it a popular choice for travelling supporters this summer.
The city is to host four games throughout the tournament which will see the holders, Spain visit the city, along with Northern Ireland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden and Robert Lewandowski’s Poland sides.
The city is a Mediterranean metropolis and with the glamour of Monaco, St-Tropez and Cannes nearby, Nice will be a hotbed for European fans during Euro 2016.
Away from the beaches and shops is Nice Old Town. Here is some of the cities finest cuisine with narrow streets sprawling with local bars and restaurants.
The relaxing beaches are a stone throw away from the city centre and is the perfect way to relax in between matchdays.
Fixtures in Nice:
Group C: Poland v Northern Ireland - Sunday 12th June - 17:00
Group D: Spain v Turkey - Friday 17th June - 20:00
Group E: Sweden v Belgium - Wednesday 22nd June - 20:00
Round of 16: Group B Runner-up v Group F Runner-up - Monday 27th June - 20:00
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Nice is a relatively small city and is quite compact so is perfect for exploring on foot, either along the promenade, into the city or over to the Old Town, Vieux Nice. The narrow streets make walking a much better option.
However, Nice also has a first class public transport network at a very reasonable price. Buses and trams are very cheap indeed with the price per journey costing only 1.50 Euro each way with one ticket lasting 72 minutes.
Where to watch the game:
The Allianz Riviera, also known as the Stade de Nice, is the recently opened stadium of OGC Nice.
Despite being one of the smaller stadiums in the tournament, the 35,000 seater capacity makes u its small size in atmosphere with the stands tight to the pitch.
The stadium is located in the western suburbs of the city about 10km from the city centre and only 5km from Nice International airport.
The stadium is just off the A8 motorway heading north of the city, making is easily accessible. It is advised to take exit 52 to get directly to the stadium although parking is easier if you take exit 51.
If travelling from central Nice it is also possible to use the efficient public transport that the city offers. A special matchday service will be run with the 95 bus system which will run from Hopital St Roch, taking about 50 minutes.
A large fan zone area will also be set up right beside the Mediterranean seafront in the city centre. The fan zone will hold up to 10,000 fans and a shuttle service will also operate from here to the stadium on match days.