We don’t know if it’s coming home this year. But if you’re looking to escape your humble abode for a last-minute holiday, you should consider one of the countries participating in Euro 2020. While the action takes place on the pitch, book yourself a getaway with one of these awesome Euro 2020 countries.
When the Danes aren’t busy qualifying for the Last 16 of Euro 2020, they’re offering a Scandinavian holiday destination that’s well worth your attention. And it’s not just the city of Copenhagen that should be on your travel list; Aalborg, Odense and Aarhus are all great locations in Denmark. So go swimming in the harbour on your trip to Copenhagen, wander the forests of Aarhus, visit Odense on the island of Fyn and uncover Viking folklore in Aarhus.
North Macedonia 🇲🇰
Sample a slice of Balkan and Mediterranean paradise in North Macedonia, a Euro 2020 underdog with beauty in every corner of its country. Whether you’re walking through Skopje, North Macedonia’s capital with a mix of old and new, or hiking to the top of Mount Ljuboten, you won’t be short of options for things to do and see. This is a country that will appeal to a wide range of tastes.
Favourites to win Euro 2020, and one of the most famous countries in the world, France is buzzing with world-class cities, delightful coastlines and rural delights. Paris is the obvious choice, but there’s so much more to discover in France. Wander the promenade in Nice, sample cities like Bordeaux, Nantes and Lyon, or visit charming seaside towns like Le Touquet. And don’t forget to watch Kylian Mbappé score a goal or two at Euro 2020.
Italy is one of Europe’s most diverse countries when it comes to natural landscapes. One minute you feel like a fashion icon in Milan; the next you’re picking your jaw up from the floor as you marvel at the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Oh, and let’s not forget Florence, Venice and Tuscany. Italy is a country that always delivers – both on the football pitch and when it comes to booking a great holiday.
Prepare to be impressed with stunning landscapes, a spot of skiing and snowboarding and cities that offer enchanting architecture. Switzerland is a country filled with true beauty, whether you’re down by Lake Zurich or admiring the fairytale buildings in Lausanne. Then there are the Alps, where you can get your skis out and hit the slopes set to the backdrop of some of the most impressive scenery in the whole of Europe.
World Cup finalists in 2018, things haven’t quite gone to plan for Croatia so far in Euro 2020. But there’s no need to panic when such a beautiful country awaits the players upon their return from the tournament. Croatia delights at every corner from sapphire waters to ancient walled towns – whether you’re visiting Dubrovnik, Zagreb or another part of this Baltic country.
Spain are renowned for playing intricate football and trying to score the perfect goal. Visit the country, and you’ll see how that philosophy was developed with many towns and cities that can only be described as picture-perfect. Head to Barcelona for beach and city living rolled into one, discover the capital of Madrid, or discover the coast and soak up pristine beaches in Ibiza, Majorca, Tenerife and more. There are so many places to visit in Spain, and it’s easy to see why it’s become an all-time favourite destination with Brits.
The German football team hasn’t quite reached the heights of the 2014 World Cup, but the country is still a world-class place to visit. Drink beer in Munich or find yourself in Berlin admiring a truly unique city. And don’t forget about the other options in Germany, whether you’re citing the port city of Hamburg, admiring the architecture in Dusseldorf or experiencing local life in Koln.
Portugal always impresses at major football tournaments, and it’s a country that never fails to excite holidaymakers. Head to the many beautiful beaches, visit biosphere reserves and embrace the culture on offer in cities like Lisbon, Porto and Braga. There’s a bit of everything here, from medieval castles to cobblestone villages and modern, buzzing cities. Plus, there’s fantastic food: Portugal has a reputation as a place with some of the best cuisine in Europe.
Turkey’s Euro 2020 adventure may have come to an end, but there’s plenty to discover in this European gem. The country is rich in history and offers a diverse range of landscapes. Discover Aegean olive groves, visit ancient ruins and enjoy a blend of Asian and European influences that make Turkey a unique place to visit. Go for a beach holiday along the Mediterranean, soak up the culture in Istanbul or witness Cappadocia’s ‘fairy chimney rock formations and wavy valleys.
The final whistle
Euro 2020 certainly represents when it comes to fantastic countries to visit on holiday. And while there can only be one winner at the tournament, it’s hard to argue against all 24 participants being winners in the tourism world. Enjoy the action on the pitch before heading to one of our Euro 2020 gems for a much-needed holiday in Europe.