With the crisp cold mornings and shorter evenings rapidly approaching, it’s fair to say that any cheeriness brought on by the summer sun seems to be dwindling. Luckily, some of our European friends have a much more happiness-inducing climate in the winter months and what better reason to jet off, than for some sporting fun? With some of Europe’s most iconic cities hosting some of the biggest sporting competitions and fixtures between now and summer, there are plenty of opportunities for diverse and exciting mini breaks. What’s more, with GetMeIn.com specialising in sports tickets for many sought after and sold out events it begs the question, why simply watch on TV when the action is only a short trip away?
Paris (Image above)
First up, the Prix L’Arc De Triomphe takes place in Paris on 2nd & 3rd October. Set at the iconic ‘Arc’ this prestigious horse race takes places just once a year, causing thousands of racing fans to flock to Longchamp Racecourse. The event has a long standing tradition of glamour dating back to 1920, so remember to pack a glitzy dress and some heels! After the racing, visit the famous Paris sights- the Eiffel tower, the river Seine and the Louvre and enjoy some traditional French food. It’s the culture and beauty of Paris combined with the excitement of horse racing that makes this trip unforgettable!
On 7th December Manchester United face Valencia for the Champions League at their home turf, Old Trafford. For those who may not be football enthusiasts, a ticket to this game will be worth it if only for the chance to watch the likes of Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand getting hot and sweaty on the pitch! Manchester also has an array of wag-frequented boutiques and high street brands, concentrated in the Arndale and Trafford shopping Centres. Don’t forget to pop along to Deansgate for some post game drinks and celeb spotting.
Rome is hosting the Six Nations Italy versus Ireland rugby match on 5th February. This is your chance to watch some real men flex their muscles for 80 minutes, before indulging in delicious Italian food, delicious Italian wine and delicious Italian men if you can! Rome merges the new with the old to engage all mindsets and is home to the Collesseum, the Trevi Fountain and Vatican City- making it a historical gem for sightseeing. Alternatively, it is a great city to simply people watch, sip wine and taste authentic Italian cuisine – who doesn’t love pizza?
The Nou camp is one of Europe’s most spectacular football grounds and better still, it’s found in the exciting city of Barcelona. With La Liga fixtures taking place throughout winter there are countless opportunities to visit this Catalonian hotspot. Whisk your man away and let him get his fix of football while you enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of La Rambla – the place to head to for authentic tapas, Spanish bars and shops galore.
For those who like their leathers, Valencia’s Circuito de Valenciana hosts the Valencia MotoGP this November. Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi will be speeding round the track and after enjoying the high speed thrills you can head to Valencia’s beach for some winter sun, the city centre to look at old Spanish architecture and one of the countless restaurants for some Paella and sangria!
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