Exploring Host Cities: Enjoying France’s Summer Olympics

The Paris 2024 Olympics are coming up.  Are you planning on attending the Olympics?

The 2024 Olympic games begin July 24th with opening ceremonies taking place in the “city of lights” ,Paris.  As France gears up for Olympics, the rest of us are figuring out how we can enjoy the Olympic games while at the same time, make plans to explore this amazing county. After all, France is know for its diverse culture, world-class food, remarkable wines, stunning cities and country landscapes.

Let’s take a look at the host cities and how you can make the most of your time in France while enjoying the Olympic games. 

1. Paris: Where the Games begin

The city’s historic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, provide a fantastic backdrop for the games. Don’t miss the opening ceremony, which promises to be a spectacle like no other. Beyond the Olympics, immerse yourself in the city’s art, fashion, and culinary scene. Stroll along the Seine exploring the west bank, savor a café au lait at a sidewalk café, and discover the charm of Parisian neighborhoods. 

2. Marseille: A Coastal Delight 

As the sailing events take place in Marseille, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the stunning French Riviera. Visit the Calanques, a series of dramatic rocky inlets, or head to the charming fishing village of Cassis for fresh seafood. With its Mediterranean climate and beautiful coastline, Marseille offers a delightful mix of sports and relaxation. 

3. Lyon: A Culinary Feast 

Lyon, the culinary capital of France. Is scheduled to host several Olympic events. While there, indulge in the local cuisine, which includes traditional dishes like coq au vin and quenelles. Explore the historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, a food market where you can taste the finest French produce. 

4. Bordeaux: Wine and Beyond 

Bordeaux, a city renowned for its vineyards and wine, is another host city to visit. Enjoy the equestrian events and then explore the surrounding wine regions like Saint-Émilion and the Médoc. Take a wine tour, savor the local vintages, and enjoy the beautiful châteaux and vineyard landscapes. 

5. Nice: The French Riviera Gem 

Nice, located on the French Riviera, offers a spectacular setting for the Olympic Games. Besides watching the sporting events, take time to relax on the city’s famous Promenade des Anglais, explore the colorful markets, and venture into the picturesque hilltop village of Eze. The stunning Mediterranean beaches and the azure waters are perfect for unwinding. 

6. Nantes: Green and Cultural 

Nantes, known for its cultural richness and green spaces, hosts some Olympic events. Discover the enchanting Machines of the Isle of Nantes, a unique artistic project. Explore the medieval Château des Ducs de Bretagne and enjoy the city’s vibrant cultural scene. 

7. Toulouse: Aerospace Excellence 

If you’re a fan of aviation and aerospace, Toulouse, the host of aeronautical events, is a must-visit. Explore the Cité de l’Espace, a space-themed park, and dive into the fascinating world of aviation at the Airbus factory. Toulouse’s charming city center and delicious regional cuisine will complete your experience. 

The Summer Olympics in France promise to be an unforgettable event, combining world-class sports with the allure of French culture and landscapes. Start planning your journey now to ensure you don’t miss a moment of this extraordinary summer in France. Bon voyage and enjoy the games!