Do you want to drink some of the best French wines, to savour one of the world's tastiest cuisines, to witness an explosion of culture in streets as busy as they are friendly, and to revel in breathtaking landscapes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea? If so, you should consider opting for a trip to Marseille, a cultural and artistic city with a rich heritage.
A Cosmopolitan City for All to Enjoy
Perched in the south-east of Napoleon Bonaparte's country, Marseille is the second largest and oldest city in the country. There is something for every taste. As famous for its spectacular architecture as for the beauty of its beaches and the quality of its food, Marseille is the spot for anyone wishing to spend a dream vacation in France.
Built on a limestone outcrop, this historical monument of remarkable architectural beauty was built in the 19th century. It is, literally, a must-see in Marseille.
Straddling the districts of Roucas Blanc and Vauban, this church is a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church and a major tourist destination in the city. You can visit the interior, which includes a museum, or take pictures outside, which is the highest point in the city of Marseille!
A Stroll through the Old Port
If you go to Marseille, you must at all costs stroll through the Old Port. A prestigious theatre where the history of the city plays out, the place is easily explored by ferry.
You will have the opportunity to experience a great walk while enjoying some of the best views of France. After the visit, there is nothing like a good gourmet meal between friends, lovers, or family in the Old Port. The view of the boats and the pretty houses surrounding the port will enchant you.
The Noailles Neighbourhood
This charming neighbourhood is full of public markets and small shops that give you the opportunity to mingle with the crowd and make advantageous purchases before stopping for a coffee on a terrace. The Capuchins market and the Avenue Longue-des-Capuchins market are among the best for anyone buying and selling in Marseille, so be visit them if you're passing through.
Beach lovers, get out your towels, because the Marseille region abounds in bodies of water and idyllic coves! Alternating between rocks, sand, and gravel, the place is overflowing with places to swim, starting with the Massif des Calanques, a magical wild and rugged coastline from which you can admire crystal clear waters surrounded by cliffs on which you can practise rock climbing, or hike the trails among the most enchanting scenery.
You can also visit the Calanques of Marseille by boat. The experience is unforgettable and worth the effort. To be convinced to add this activity to your Marseille travel itinerary, all you need to do is look at some pictures. Have a good trip!