07 June 2018
Be inspired by the roll call of World Cup favourites when picking your holiday or break this year. From Continental Europe to South America, there’s a destination here suited to all interests, tastes and ages – whether you’re a football fan or not.
Spain is full of sights and attractions perfect for football-lovers, from tours of the mighty Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona to junior soccer camps at some of its family-friendly resorts. But this vast country has something to tempt every holidaymaker, whatever their bag, whether it be world-class architecture, fantastic food, brilliant Blue Flag beaches or nature reserves busy with incredible wildlife.
Marseille’s state-of-the-art Stade Vélodrome and Nice’s Musée National du Sport are just two of the sites that sports aficionados visiting France will want to make a bee-line for. But as the world’s most-visited country, attracting nearly 90 million people a year, France is bursting with superb things to see and do, from theme parks such as Disneyland, Parc Astérix and Puy du Fou to mountain resorts packed with thrilling outdoor activities.
Dortmund’s hyper-modern Deutsches Fussball Museum is a must for fans of the Beautiful Game visiting north-west Germany, as is Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, home ground to Borussia Dortmund and also offering a museum of its own, as well as tours. But this huge nation is wonderful for all-comers, with glorious forests, a lovely coastline and cool cities to explore. For some of the best of Germany, head for Baden-Württemberg with its scenic routes including the 'Castle Road’, 'Fantastic Road’ and 'German Clock Road', its gleaming car museums and Europe’s biggest theme park, Europa-Park.
Tours of the Stade Roi Baudouin – Belgium’s largest stadium, and the national team’s home ground – are just one of the many attractions of the city’s capital – from Art Deco architecture to a comic-strip trail, Brussels packs a punch. The stadium is right next to Atomium and Mini-Europe too, meaning you don’t have to go out of your way to get to it. Within easy reach of Brussels, meanwhile, lie the compelling Waterloo Battlefield with its modern museum, while further afield historic cities including Antwerp and Bruges charm and intrigue, and outdoors activities abound both in the forests of the Ardennes and on the low-key coastline.
Visit the capital of this fascinating South American country and you’ll come across whole streets painted in team colours and people who talk of nothing but football. Buenos Aires’ world-famous Boca Stadium (also known as La Bombonera – ‘the chocolate box’) is an emblematic place to catch a game, or you can tour its museum charting the rise of the legendary club Boca Juniors. Other great things to do in Argentina include marvelling at the Iguazú Falls within the wildlife-rich National Park of the same name, and horse-riding across the Pampas – a grass plain so large and flat it’s said that you can see the curvature of the Earth.
No self-respecting footie fan can go to Rio and not take a Maracanã Tour behind the scenes of one of the world’s most famous stadiums, which embraces a permanent exhibition including the footmarks of idols such as Pelé and Roberto Dinamite. Otherwise, Brazil’s capital is a must for its beaches and for cable-car rides to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain with its sea, mountain and forest views.
To enquire about a holiday in one of these World Cup destinations, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today.