France is famous for glamorous cities, stunning beaches, delicious cuisine and fantastic culture. These are some of the many reasons people choose to visit the country but a French holiday would not be complete without taking in a football match.
Ligue 1 is the top division in French football and is regarded as one of the big five leagues in Europe. It features leading names in European club football including Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Marseille and Lyon to name but a few.
Immediately, you will notice some of the cities in the names of the football clubs highlighted above. Paris is one of the best places to see a football match in France as the biggest club in the city, Paris Saint-Germain, is home to some of the best players in the world. PSG as they are known by fans, are one of the richest football clubs on the planet and attract many of the best players.
If you want to see the team which has dominated Ligue 1 in recent years and enjoy arguably the best culture you will find anywhere on earth, Paris is the place for you.
However, Paris is not the only place to see a top football match in France. Having hosted the 2016 European Championship, many of the stadiums in France received an upgrade while Lyon and Bordeaux constructed entirely new arenas in which to watch their stars play. The stadium plays a huge role in the experience of going to a football match and you have access to some of the best in France.
The Stade Vélodrome, home of Marseille is one of the most spectacular in the country. The stadium has a capacity of over 67,000 and the Marseille fans are perhaps the most passionate you will find not just in France but around the globe. With the addition of a curved roof which spans all four sides of the stadium, you will be spending just as much time looking in awe at the venue as you will the match itself.
For those who want to experience French football at its most raucous, you must take in the match between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Vélodrome. It is an experience you will never forget as the fans chant and sing their way through the game with flags and banners aloft.
If you are keen to sample something a little more stylish and laid back, Monaco is a great choice. AS Monaco play their home matches at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille, which is a modest stadium holding 18,000 people. Despite being a small principality, Monaco have more than held their own in Ligue 1, winning the league title as recently as 2017. Tickets are often competitively priced which may come as a surprise in a place known for indulgence.
Just 30 minutes along the south coast from Monaco you will find Nice, with Montpellier and Nimes two additional teams to watch as you travel west. However, regardless of which region you find yourself in during a holiday in France, there is a top football team nearby.