This is one of France’s largest cities, as well as one of its oldest. Sun drenched and on the shores of the Mediterranean, Marseille has attracted and fascinated people for thousands of years. Stroll along the quaysides of the old port before enjoying a traditional bouillabaisse fish stew or walk around the centre of old Marseille, through the little alleyways of the historic district of Le Panier. Walking down some of the streets here will take you on a journey throughout the countries of the Mediterranean basin!
You’ll always be aware that this entrancing city was built beside the sea, as here it is a constant presence, even with regard to the leisure activities of the people who live here. So why not do as they do, and grab your towel and swimming costume and hurry down to the beaches of the Prado, which are almost in the city centre. And if bathing isn’t your thing, you could take a shuttle from the Old Port to the Frioul Archipelago to visit the Château d’If, with its imposing walls.
And you really shouldn’t leave the city of Marseille without paying a visit to its famous Calanques, which have been awarded the status of Parc Naturel National, a real treasure of limestone and sea, very close to Marseille, and just a few minutes away from the district of la Canebière. Why not come and visit it by boat, before enjoying a dip in a little inlet with turquoise water, or take advantage of its wild beaches framed by the white cliffs?
A visit to Marseille would not be complete without popping into the Cathedral of Notre Dame de la Garde, which is also known as “Bonne Mère” by the locals. Having taken a trip up by bus, by car, or, for the courageous among you, by foot, you’ll be able to enjoy fantastic views over Marseille and its suburbs, from the northern districts to the Calanques, and more!
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