What to do in Paris during the Euro 2016… if you donʼt enjoy football?
If youʼre in Paris from June 10 to July 10 during the 15th edition of the Euro 2016 Championship, it will be hard to avoid anything that has to do with football! The France-Romania opening match and the final will both take place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. Other French cities will also welcome matches. It is therefore inevitable that the French capital beat to the heart of the Euro 2016 during the entire championship! Sorry for those who are not so keen on football…
So what can you do in Paris if you are more thrilled with the idea of a Monday morning that with the opening of the Euro 2016? Fortunately, Paris offers plenty of things to do to help you forget that the round ball even exists…
0% Football Paris tours!
Whether youʼre a born and raised Parisian or a tourist passing by, itʼs never too late to discover the capital and its emblematic points of interest. If youʼre dreading football, PARISCityVISION offers guided day and night tours to visit Paris during the Euro 2016. We swear we wonʼt start a conversation about missed goals, unfair red cards or this incredible football action!
First, youʼll take an air-conditioned bus tour that will take you past the most famous touristic sites: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, les Invalides, the Tuileries Gardens, the Pantheon, the Luxembourg Gardens, the Orsay Museum, the Garnier Opera and the Place Vendome. A registered commentary throughout the tour will shed light on all the different monuments and points of interest. Once the tour is finished youʼll be unbeatable on the French capitalʼs most famous sites!
Youʼll then have 3 tickets at your disposal, at a discounted rate that you can use at any moment during your stay :
The first ticket will take you on a Seine river cruise leaving form the Quai de la Bourdonnais, located on the opposite side of the Eiffel Tower.
The second one is an Louvre ticket do discover the wonders of the Museum.
The third ticket gives you access to the top floor of the Montparnasse Tower. Two-hundred meters high, youʼll be able to get a breathtaking view over Paris and its fabulous monuments.
Discover our day and night tours in more details:
PARISCityVISION also offers other tours and activities (guided visits of Montmartre, Versailles, the Orsay Museum) that it is still possible to book regardless of all the Euro 2016 craze.
100% free ideas to enjoy Paris
For those who are looking to get more bang for their buck, there are ways to enjoy Paris without spending a penny such as bike rides or walks in Parisʼ most beautiful gardens. There are also a good number of museums with free, year-round access to their permanent exhibitions in addition to temporary exhibitions.
We highly recommend the following museums:
Musée dʼArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris: 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Musée Carnavalet sur lʼHistoire de Paris: 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris
Petit Palais: Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Paris basics activities we never grow tired of
To avoid overexposure to what will surely be a 30-day football invasion, there are classic options like going to the movies, to the theatre or to a concert, enjoying a meal at a restaurant or winding down during Happy Hour at a pub.
Make sure you avoid places that will broadwast the Euro 2016 matches. A lot of bars and pubs will be equipped with large screens where pumped up players will be booed and hissed and cheered by equally pumped up spectators!
If youʼre looking to enjoy a calm evening out, itʼs wise to identify these places before making plans. Whatever you decide and wherever you may be, in the capital or in the countryside, thereʼs no doubt that the majority of conversations will be about the Euro 2016. If you want to avoid it like the plague, your best option is to drink a cup of tea at home, read a book or put on a headset and turn the volume up!