Yes, this year, you can head for France in July and “dodge” the football fans. Here’s how: 10 destinations to get away from Euro fever. Get packing!

Auvergne

With lively volcanoes, picturesque villages, some of Europe’s best preserved natural spaces and no fewer than 109 thermal springs, Auvergne has everything you need to forget about the crowds of European football fans flocking to stadiums!

France, Auvergne, Queille meander Sioule River, elevated view

Normandy

And if you head for Normandy for a bit of peace and quiet away from the chants of the football? From the Cotentin Peninsula to the rolling hillsides of Calvados, Normandy offers breathtaking scenery in a peaceful holiday setting, and in the open air!

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Brittany

From Finistère to the corsair city of Saint-Malo, Brittany is a region where the clamour of vuvuzelas of the Euros gives way to the sound of waves and traditional singing! And after a delicious galette au beurre salé, enjoy a slice of Breton hospitality, which is more than a match for the football fever on the terraces…

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Hautes-Pyrénées

Much less busy than the host cities of this year’s football tournament, the department of Hautes-Pyrénées is brimming with natural and historic treasures. And who said a mountain holiday means no swimming? Lakes, waterfalls and spa treatment centres will satisfy your urges to cool off in the sizzling July heat.

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Six-Fours-les-Plages

If, for you, summer holidays absolutely mean the Mediterranean, Six-Fours-les-Plages is the destination for you. Golden sandy beaches, hidden coves, a coastal path, a marina and a Provençal atmosphere: it has everything you need to enjoy a seaside break in the Var sunshine, far away from the stadiums of Nice and Marseilles!

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Mimizan-Plage

Nestled on the north coast of Landes, Mimizan offers sport and relaxation, without breaking the bank, far away from the stadiums! Cycle paths, lakes and pine forests can all be found along its six miles of fine sandy beaches. Standup paddleboarding, surfing and even beach soccer (occasionally!) are favourites with holidaymakers here.

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Poitiers

A charming old town, a 2000-year heritage of history and a Futuroscope which is worth the trip alone… The fourth largest city in the new region of Aquitaine–Limousin-Poitou-Charentes is an ideal destination for lovers of sightseeing, well away from the football frenzy in July.

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Angers and the Loire Valley

Where better than the Loire Valley for… royal summer holidays?

Nature trails, culinary discoveries and UNESCO-listed chateaux are great reasons to head for Angers and the Loire Valley, nearly 200 miles away from the nearest Euro football stadium!

Chambord Ch?teau in the Loire River Valley, France --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Annecy

A city known for its art and history for inquisitive types, a mountain lake for lovers of the great outdoors and sports for the more adventurous… Nicknamed “The Venice of the Alps”, Annecy will let you literally rise above the summer’s football!

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Bayonne

With its huge festival and its undeniably charming old town, Bayonne is well worth a look for travellers who want to party but want to steer clear of Euro fever… But watch out for the cows: they’re often more formidable attackers than top European strikers!

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