Jonathan Mason, Marketing Manager for Djeego.com®, operated by Travel Tact Pty Ltd., a leading online travel website, says: “With the World Cup just around the corner and football partners busy in preparation, there are many reasons for WAGs to explore their own or other great football nations for more than just the sport. The top ten ranked countries on the ladder offer perfect holiday destinations for a relaxed or adventurous short break or longer holiday.”
“Whether you’re an avid sports supporter, love shopping, strolling on a sunny beach, partying all night, or simply enjoying great food, these football nations offer all you’re looking for in a holiday,” he said.
“With international travel offering such good value right now, Djeego.com makes it easy to book accommodation online, allowing you to create your very own tailor-made football destination adventure. From five-star to budget accommodation, you can explore great daily deals right at your fingertips and find accommodation that suits your needs. And, each booking can earn you points towards great awards with Djeego.com’s Cash Rewards™ loyalty program,” Mr Mason said.
Djeego.com highlights a selection of the best football nation destinations for football ‘Wives And Girlfriends’
With Spain on top of the football world ranking ladder, this destination is home to the famous FC Barcelona. But there is more to explore in this Southern European city. Barcelona is the 10th-most-visited city in the world and the third most visited in Europe after London and Paris, great to visit year round with its mild climate. Well-known for its Rambles, the destination for fashion shopping, cafes and souvenirs, its historical monuments, great night life and one of the best beaches in the world, Barcelona is the most popular city to visit in Spain.
Hidden secret: Plaça Prim, in the area of Poblenou, a little square that brings you back in time and remains its charm with its little white stone houses and orange trees. But, it’s also the location of Els Pescadors, one of the city's finest fish restaurants.
We all know about how the Germans play the football game, but have you discovered their unique city of Berlin, yet? Post-war Berlin has developed in a unique blend of historic and new architectural master pieces. Regarded as one of the most famous landmarks in Europe, the Brandenburg Gate is a must visit for historical culture seekers. During the day, visit one of the hundreds of art galleries, any of the more than 150 museums, the Berlin Zoo with the most diverse range of species in the world or find your way to the streets around Alexanderplatz or Kurfürstendamm for great shopping. In the evening, experience the diverse gastronomy scene with a mix of Michelin star restaurants and small local outlets to bite in a Bratwurst or vegetarian dish. At night, enjoy Berlin’s diverse party scene with on weekends no fixed closing time so you can party around the clock.
Hidden secret: Neu-Venedig, an area in the South-East of Berlin with canals, lagoons and magnificent views, reminding you of places like Venice. Take a tour on the water to view picturesque water front properties and gardens or sit down at one of the little cafés to enjoy the sunshine and a glass of rose.
Ranking fifth on the FIFA football raking, Switzerland’
Hidden secret:Take a boat from the Landesmuseum along the river – with romantic views of the old town - to Zürichhorn Casino on the lakeside. Walk back along the lake for lunch or dinner at Fischstube, a water front seafood restaurant with amazing views of the lake, city and the Alps in the background.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, a cidade maravilhosa, is one of Brazil's most spectacular scenic cities, backed by coastal mountains, forests and fronted by the Atlantic. The city has international acclaim for its climate, lifestyle, beaches, beautiful people, Carnaval, and festivals. Enjoy the nightlife in Copacabana, Ipanema and other districts for dance clubs, nightclubs, bars and classical arts performances. Visit Corcovado by miniature train through the rainforest for a great view of Rio and a visit to Cristo Redentor, the famous statue of Jesus Christ. The many Samba schools will have you embrace the Rio Carnival spirit, or get active with sports like golf, cycling, diving, surfing and hang-gliding as only few of the many options at hand.
Hidden secret: Rio is a surfer’s paradise. Visit one of the amazing beaches by catching the Surf Bus, which is especially designed to transport surfboards, and runs three times a day from Rio’s city centre to its more western beaches. If it’s not to get active, the surf crowd will make you smile.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals, do take a canal boat tour to see the back streets of this ‘Venice of the North’, to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city. On culture you’ll find the famous Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank house. For nightlife, visit many small bars and clubs around key areas like Leidseplein or the Jordaan. The city has many outdoor markets throughout the week with food, clothing and souvenirs aplenty.
Other top-10 ranking football nation destinations to visit:
· Lisbon, Portugal
· Montevideo, Uruguay
· Milan, Italy
· Buenos Aires, Argentina
· Bogota, Colombia
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