Exploring Sport in France

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For the people of Britain, holidaying in France is very popular. Accessible by car, it is one of the cheaper holidays abroad. Many go to explore the sprawling countryside, the extensive coastlines, and to absorb the culture.

Tourists often overlook sport in France – a shame, as sport plays a vital role in the social fabric of this wonderful country. Below we look at some of the best sporting cities to visit in France.

Sport in France


For any first time visit to France, a trip to the capital is a certainty. With the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre, this bustling metropolis is filled with culture.

For the sports fan, it is also a haven, with footballing giants, PSG, located at the Parc des Princes, the Stade de France, which plays host to the national rugby team, as well as the infamous clay courts of Roland Garros, where the French Open (one of the four tennis majors) is hosted.


If you head down to the south of the country, you are more than likely to visit the principality of Monaco. The playground of the rich and famous, it is home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the world.

It plays host to the legendary Monaco Grand Prix, which you can actually drive around when the race is not on.

Billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev, has invested millions into AS Monaco (football), acquiring players such as Radamel Falcao. Bookmakers such as Betfair price the side at 4/1 to win the French league so, if you want to watch the potential French champions, then a visit to Monaco is a must.


If you are a rugby fan, then you should definitely visit Toulon. The local team, RC Toulon, are the current Heineken Cup holders and Betfair have made them favourites to retain their crown. With players such as Johnny Wilkinson and Bryan Habana, Toulon is the place in France to watch rugby.