Fancy a European football break? We bet you’re not alone. With Premier League ticket prices not exactly the easiest on the pocket, lots of football fans are heading to the Continent to enjoy the beautiful game.
It’s not hard to see why. Affordable airfares, reasonable ticket prices and the thrill of Champions League and Europa League action are all encouraging football fanatics to up sticks and enjoy an away day or weekend break across the Channel.
Their European Football Away Games Guide is designed to help footy fans travelling around Europe as they follow their teams in Champions League action. It’s there to help you figure out how to get to an unfamiliar football ground and find your way around a new city, enjoying all that it has to offer in the process.
But hey, it’s not just about the football. The beauty of a European football break is that, as well as soaking up some football artistry, you’ve got a whole city to explore. And when we’re talking about places like Munich, Naples, Madrid and a whole host of other historic cities, there’s a whole world of wonder to discover.
To introduce Expedia’s fantastic interactive guide (take a look, it’s great), we’ve picked out three of Europe’s great footballing cities – Manchester, Barcelona and Munich – and given you a few places to visit that aren’t just to do with the Beautiful Game
You might have heard people mention that it rains quite a lot in Manchester. They’re not wrong – it does. Escape the raindrops with a day of culture – blogger Becci Brown recommends immersing yourself in Manchester’s buzzing art scene.
The Whitworth Art Gallery won Visit England’s gold prize for the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2016, and with 55,000 items in its collection, from historic exhibitions to contemporary commissions, it’s not hard to see why. Manchester Art Gallery, HOME, the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Gallery Oldham and The Lowry are a few of the city’s other artistic highlights.
After all that football you’ll need some food. Food blogger Ben Holbrook says you should head to La Pubilla, in the Gràcia district of the city. Enjoy a starter, one or two main courses, bread and dessert and a few beers for around €25 – not bad, eh?
Blogger Samantha Angell says Munich’s Viktualienmarkt is a must-visit. One of the city’s greatest farmer’s markets, it’s home to more than 100 stalls selling German sausage and cheese, beautiful flowers, fresh fruit and veg and more. Perfect for a pre- or post-game snack, be sure to visit it on a trip to this brilliant German city.
Heading off on a football break? Be sure to take Expedia’s resource with you!