Northwest of Paris, Colombes is a suburb with easy access to the centre. All around Colombes there are reminders of the industry that engulfed the area in the 19th and 20th centuries. These old factories and warehouses have since been turned into offices, shops and luxury apartments.
Colombes has attracted high earners and the service industry, being moments from La Défense. The Yves-du-Manoir stadium in Colombes also staged events for the 1924 Paris Olympics, and remains the home of the successful Racing 92 Rugby Club. If you can’t ignore the call of the capital you can be at Paris Saint-Lazare Station in under 20 minutes on the suburban train network.
Lets explore the best things to do in Colombes:
1. Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
The Top 14 rugby club Racing 92 still uses this 14,000-seater stadium in Colombes for its home matches.
Les Ciel et Blanc always compete with the best sides in the division and won the championship in the 2015-16 season.
If you’re in the mood for some first-class rugby this is as good as it gets, as the squad is peppered with internationals like the New Zealander Dan Carter, one of the greatest players of all time.
But the stadium holds a certain mystique too: It hosted all sorts of events, including athletics, at the 1924 Paris Olympics, while it was also the stage for the 1938 World Cup won by an Italian side led by Giuseppe Meazza.