Do you love football? How about travelling? If you answered ‘yes’ to both those questions you will be pleased to know the sport can help you fulfil both passions.
While most fans watch their team play at their own ground, there are thousands who invest significant resources into following them wherever they are in action.
While the football TV schedules often create travel difficulties for fans, many circumvent this issue by making a weekend of it. With that in mind, we look at five of the best cities to watch football in.
Barcelona is not only home to one of the biggest clubs in Europe, but it is also a top-class destination for tourists to visit.
Located on the north eastern coast of Spain, Barcelona boasts a plethora of cultural attractions, stunning architecture and world-class restaurants.
There is also plenty of nightlife, with live music covering every possible genre giving you the opportunity to dance the night away.
When you have finished partying, head to Camp Nou to watch one of the most successful clubs in the world strut their stuff.
Football fans are spoilt for choice in London, with the city currently boasting six Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
With Fulham set to join the top flight party in 2022/23, you would be hard pushed to find another city offering so many options.
London has something for everyone from a tourism perspective, particularly if you love immersing yourself in history and culture.
With tons of modern entertainment venues also dotted around the city, London is the perfect place to enjoy a football-themed short break.
While Paris Saint-Germain’s ludicrous wealth leaves many fans cold, the city they are based in is one of the most spectacular places to visit on the planet.
Monument-lined boulevards, bistros and boutiques are just a small part of a vibrant city that is undoubtedly worth visiting.
Iconic attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame are a photographer’s dream, while the dozens of art galleries and museums will keep you busy for hours on end.
Stadium tours at the Parc des Princes are also worth undertaking, giving you a unique insight into PSG’s inner sanctum.
The San Siro is one of the world’s most iconic football stadiums, although you will need to hurry if you want to experience a game there.
AC Milan and Inter Milan recently agreed to build a new stadium close to the original one, with 2027 pencilled in as the target for opening.
Losing the San Siro will see a big part of Italy’s history disappear, but there will still be plenty of other cultural attractions for visitors to enjoy in Milan.
Famed for its fashion and food, the city is unquestionably one of the best places to mix football with some touristy activities.
The balance of power has shifted in Manchester in recent years, with City’s staggering wealth helping them to leave United trailing in their wake.
However, the Red Devils’ global appeal still makes them a magnet for thousands of foreign visitors searching for a football fix.
Although Manchester lacks the glamour of many other European cities, it is a place that offers a wide range of entertainment and top-class dining options.
Manchester is also a place where people speak their mind – treat them well and they will love you back. Treat them badly and they’ll soon let you know!