Group of friends playing football on the beach

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Festival of Football


Summer 2018 is promising to be a festival of football, but that’s no reason to put your travel plans on hold. A villa holiday could be just the ticket to get close to the action! From villas with football facilities or academies next door, to stadium tours and museum visits, the footballing tourist will be in seventh heaven with one of our villa holidays.

Villas for football fans

Imagine staying in a villa with a pitch of its own where you can run around in the sun and imitate your favourite player. Well, we have three fantastic properties where you can do just that. Villa Diana in Crete, Casa de Pedra in Portugal’s Costa Verde and Casa Jasmim in the Algarve all have either a multi-purpose or football pitches attached to the property.

Villa Diana and its very own football pitch, Crete

If your love of football doesn’t translate into sporting excellence however, fear not. No red cards, no offside rule and just a controversial no-spinning rule – we are of course talking about table football!

With 22 painted figures under your control you can stage your own mini tournament as you battle to become table football king or queen of the villa. Kick off a 2 vs 2 or 4 vs 4 match in more than 130 of our villas.

Villas with Football Academies nearby

Football pitch at La Manga Club Holiday Resort

La Manga Club on Spain’s Costa Calida is internationally renowned for its football academy and is the place to stay when it comes to footballing pedigree. But there are two other Holiday Resorts in our collection that offer stiff competition. The Santo Antonio Resort in the Algarve and Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus both run football academies for budding soccer starlets.
The kids will be happy, the parents get some peace, so surely everyone’s a winner here?

Villa Superior 334 in Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Out and about for the footballing tourist

Any diehard football fan needs to have these three excursions on their travel bucket list…

The ultimate footballing pilgrimage, the city of Barcelona sits on the northern end of the Costa Dorada and its team needs no introduction. The Camp Nou Stadium is one of the greatest football cathedrals in the world. A tour of the stadium and its museum is a must for any footballing aficionado.

The beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira has been firmly placed on the football landscape as the home and birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo. The MuseuCR7 is a celebration of one of the game’s finest players, with exhibits and attractions showcasing Ronaldo’s many achievements.

It even has a statue of him outside (even if it did get a round mocking when it was unveiled) – perfect for a selfie.

While Lisbon’s Stadium of Light has a name recognisable the world over, the Estadio do Dragao in Porto is equally impressive and a must-visit if you’re staying in the Costa Verde or Douro Valley. With a stadium tour and museum celebrating one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs, getting under the skin of Portuguese football has never been easier.

Kick off your dream holiday by finding your winning destination and top scoring villa. Then it’s time for your celebrations to start!

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Adam is a Website Manager at James Villa Holidays.

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