20 Things to Know Before Going to Marseille

20 Things to Know Before Going to Marseille

Since its foundation in 600 BC - when, according to legend, a Phocene sailor married a local Gaul girl whose father gave them a wedding gift to Marseille, the city harbor has shaped its demographic. They include Corsican seamen from the 1500s, Italian builders from the mid-18th century, Armenians fleeing the genocide since 1915, Algerians who arrived after independence in 1962, and much more.

Marseille combines metropolitan Sangleppo with the fishing community of a fishing village. It is a city where locals love or love to hate - and outsiders often avoided it because of their reputation for crime. But in recent years, France's second largest city (in terms of population) has attracted Parisians looking for more sunshine and less bustle, and travelers looking for southern France beyond sparkling Côte d'Azur. Yes, gentrification has come here too, but fortunately it has not stifled the spirit that makes this port city so intriguing. Marseille is not made up of monumental sights, but simple things: outdoor terraces, street art, one of its many tiny harbors makes the gear shift apro when your feet hang in the water. & Nbsp;

When you arrive, climb the large staircase to Gare St. Charles, surrounded by statues telling the history of Marseille's migration. You can see why local director Robert Guédiguian once said, “Marseille is not France. Marseille is not Provence. Marseille is the world. "

Check the weather. Here, the wind symbol in your weather app is more than a breeze. This is a warning against the legendary mistral wind blowing heavily from the north. With speeds of up to 65 km / h, it cools bones in winter and dust in summer. On the plus side is the Mother Nature Vacuum Cleaner - after that a crystal clear sky appears. Despite the wind, Marseille weather hit the jackpot - 300 days of sunshine a year and mild winters in the '50s and' 60s. Snow rarely rains, although rainfall in November and February-March. If you don't just want to sunbathe, you can enjoy the city all year round. Keep in mind that some restaurants and shops close during the winter holidays - or in January when they stay open - and in August when locals escape the sweaty 90 degree days.

The venture is further away from Vieux Port. & Nbsp; Although it is France's second largest city, Marseille extends over twice its Paris area - 93 square miles to 41 square miles. This urban sprawl is subdivided into quarters, each with its own personality, which creates a feeling for the city of 860,000 people, as described by the local 111 villages. So don't get stuck in downtown Vieux Port. Spend time on the slope bobo ("bourgeois bohemian") & nbsp; The Vauban Enclave, the Longchamp Hausmann Peace, the upcoming Chaves and the lively bar scene Cours Julien. Get your camps in Vieux Port and then explore.

Pack good walking shoes. & Nbsp; You'll need them to get around the city on swinging sidewalks, scattered hills, and thighs on burning stairs. Best way & nbsp; To experience Marseille is like a flâneur - walking down winding streets, watching people and bombarding you with the constant hum of scooters.

Choose your transport. There's a decent public transport system: an extensive bus network, plus subway and tram lines that run around the city center until 12:30 pm. a. p. Keep in mind that buses tend to be late - you can get real-time updates from the RTM application - and they don't dare far into the outer 12-16. area. To get to the beach, take the 83 buses, try the leVélo bike distribution system, try the new Lime trottinette (electric scooters) or the scooter - your preferred local bike set. If you need a taxi, choose Uber or French Heetch above the cabs, which are often more expensive and require cash as their credit card machines tend to break down.

Thank you good mother. Marseille's most visited monument and highest point, the Roman-Byzantine Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, has a 36-foot-tall lighthouse visible throughout the city: the golden statue of Madonna and child. Because of her informal role as a protector of the city, she is known as "la Bonne Mère" ("good mother"). The locals bring in offers, ex-votos, to thank him for his protection. La Bonne Mère offers 360-degree views, so visit early in your trip to get land, but try to avoid the weekend tourists swell.

Order pastis correctly. The first rule when ordering pasta: always ask for it by name. Asking for a slang with only pasta (local pastis) is like grinding beer for a bartender. The two most common brands of the beloved aniseed-flavored spirits are Ricard, named after Marseille's first pastisch company (1932), and a little anise-y 51. It's a bit confusing because 51 is the same brand as Ricard since they merged 51. with Pernod in 1975. Your bar can also be poured into Casa (alias Casanis) or on-site distilled Cristal Limañana. Your pet arrives with a jug of cold water and sometimes ice. Add water until dark golden liquid turns cloudy to pale yellow; the usual dose is five parts water to one part paste. Pastis contains about 45 percent of ABV, so be careful not to sip too fast. But give yourself another glass.

Yacht pizza. & Nbsp; The real food of Marseille is not caught, but with woodburning. Pizza has been an integral part of the local diet since the arrival of Naples immigrants at the turn of the 20th century and the site of France's first pizza car (circa 1962). This seafaring city comes with classic pizza with anchovies. Or ask for mite-moit: half anchovy, half cheese - usually Emmental - or minced beef and onion Arménienne, a sign of the city's Armenian community. Order your 65-year-old classic Chez Sauveur or La Bonne Mère, famous for their crust, which they prove (let's rise to) for 48 hours. & Nbsp; For the street food, let the popular Charly Piza cut it for you. (slice), or kick up one of the foods near the stadium or subway stop.

Pass it on to the bouillabais. & Nbsp; Marseille's famous fish soup has jumped. The price of aggressive marketing has risen to $ 60-100 ($ 68-113). The bouncing price tag contradicts its roots as a humble stew of remaining fish and is antithetical to the ethos of the urban population (working class). Locals eat or cook bouillabaisse rarely - the traditional version takes more than a day, except on special occasions. What they eat from the sea are sharp grilled sardines, raw rusted urine and bright oysters. Various squid served a Provoçale - generous goulash with garlic, parsley and olive oil. The freshest catch is La Boîte à Sardine, which is sourced every morning by small fishermen. & nbsp; And if you insist on ordering a bouillabaisse, I recommend you do so at Chez Michel, which uses fresh fish (previously introduced to you) and costs an average of $ 75.

Eat in Noailles. Chez Yassine of Tunisia, Lebanese sandwiches at Le Cèdre, bags of spice bags in Saladin, and an Aladdinian date-filled bradj from Saladin. Rotisserie chickens and steamed paella smell the streets, especially along the rue d'Aubagne and Longue des Capucins. Check out the crowd for a picnic or dining.

Shop like its in 1827. & Nbsp; Maison Empereur, France's oldest hardware store, has been flowing through the shelves for two centuries of heritage. Think opinion knives, Laboureur blue cotton jackets and La Boule Bleu pétanque balls. Caverne d'Ali Baba has been filling customers since seventh-generation owner Laurence Renaux has expanded staggeringly to 50,000 items. But you still see a carpenter clad in work clothes picking up a door hinge at a hardware store in Quincaillerie. Continue your corner shopping at Père Blaize, a herbalist who has been treating Marseille with teas and tinctures since 1815. & Nbsp;

Walk through Saint-Jean Castle ... & nbsp; At first glance, this 17th-century fortress seems to protect Marseille by surrounding the edge of Vieux Harbor on Fort Saint-Nicolas. Look closer. The canons are located not far from the city so that Louis XIV can defend his regime from local uprisings - one of many notches on the Marseille timeline (see: Resistance to World War II) & nbsp; that embodies the city's rebellious spirit. Fortress was once the last stop for recruits from the French Foreign Legion for initial training in Algeria. Now, Saint-Jean Castle invites visitors to walk along its arched sidewalks, climb a giant tower and walk to the Jardin des Migrations. In this 100,000-square-foot allegorical garden, each plant represents the history of agriculture, industry, and religion in Marseille, such as the cannabis sativa cannabis used to make marine bindings, which gave its name to La Canebière. & nbsp;

… Then study Arabic architecture. Compared to the ancient stone walls of the fortress, the intricately strapped concrete cube, Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations) seems futuristic. However, Rudy Ricciotti, an architect based in Provence, Algeria, was heavily influenced by ancient Arabic design. The terraced sidewalks resemble the Mesopotamian ziggurate. Exterior lattice work evokes mashrabiya, its decorative design acts as both a screen and a filter that lets in light. For the best view, approach Mucem from Fort Saint-Jean's lean pedestrian bridge. You will reach the rooftop terrace, where there are loungers for short seating. Choose the time of your visit in the afternoon or during the golden hour when the sun is darkest. Note: Mucem's exterior is free to visit - there is an entrance fee for exhibits. & nbsp; & nbsp;

Hit the beach. & Nbsp; The beaches of Marseille's 26 miles of coastline are diverse, from rocky bays to sandy beaches. Just below the chic Petit Nice Hotel, the flat boulders of Anse de la Fausse Monnaie are perfect for making faire la crêpe (sunbathing) and viewing the catwalk of Corniche Kennedy cliff divers. To the north, find the Anse de Maldormé Curved Cove, a pebble beach perfect for a quick swim. Just a 15-minute walk from Vieux Port, the Plage des Catalans is the closest to the city, meaning you are packed like sardines on a sandy beach. Pack a picnic of roses, chips, olives and gnats to watch Mediterranean sunsets. Avoid swimming the day after heavy rain if the sewer overflows the sewer into the sea.

Get clean. Visit the traditional hammam - steam rooms that are both soothing and social. I like Nomamlesis Hammam Rafik and Hammam Djerba. First-time multipliers should book the exfoliating gombe. It's a vigorous thing - think sandpaper flattens wood, but as my exfoliator says, "maintaining your beauty can hurt." You can do it yourself. In the Jiji de Palme hall you can get supplies - oily black soap and cleaning mixture -. Or Note that men's and women's hammam classes are separate, ladies often go during the day.

Enjoy apéro lessons (hour). & Nbsp; Apéro is an integral part of everyday life in Marseille. Like a happy hour, apéro happens after work or at sunset, but it often spreads at night. Sip, of course there's rosé. Surprisingly, it is perfectly acceptable to add an ice cube or two to cool or dilute the piston bottle. The food is always with you - you are in France - whether it's a plain olive plate or a full spread of loaf pans (local chickpea fryers), meat dishes and crusts. Aland by the sea at Le Bistro Plage, admire the sunset views at Café de l'Abbay, get free snacks at the sea-kitsch La Caravelle, or bring your fragrance to the Vallon des Auffesis for a leg-in-water version. Apéro is not just for the summer: outdoor cafes in Marseille are also packed in the winter.

Home team leader. & Nbsp; In Marseille, "om" is not a meditative hops, but a scary shout, screaming during games and tagged on the walls around the city. L'OM stands for the respected football club l'Olympique de Marseille. Even President Emmanuel Macron is a fan. Worship l'OM with 66,000 fans from August to May at the spacecraft-like Orange Vélodrome. Try to get behind the gates and in addition to the ultra competition, there will be fanatical supporters clubs who spend their entire match standing (qui ne saut pas n 'pas pas marseillais - if you don't jump, you will not develop). t Marseillais) and against players (mouille le maillot ou casse-toi - soak your shirt or fuck). Can't match it to a game? Jump into the fan bars at Le Fair Play or Bar de la Plaine. Score extra points with locals for wearing sky blue.

We head to the rooftops. & Nbsp; Roof parties are big here. The largest can be found on Friche Belle de Mai's 86,000-square-meter panoramic roof terrace. This former tobacco factory has open-air cinema and DJ-led dance parties. If you are in for a lower key, the views from the Hermes bar overlook the Vieux Port in a more intimate setting. Thursday is the most popular night at parties, but late summer sunsets make it a good time to party every summer evening.

Discover the quarters of Nord. & Nbsp; Quarters Nord is the place where most people tell you not to go for the reputation of this crime, but don't let it stop you from invading Northern Marseille. Be aware of your surroundings as you would in any other city. With more than a third of the city's population, in addition to its rich industrial and agricultural history - home to a 19th-century engineering idea, the Marseille Canal - the northern neighborhoods are worth exploring. Quarterly Nord Navigation can be & nbsp; challenging, & nbsp; because they are so big and served by public transport. The best bet is to get in touch with the Hôtel du Nord or the Marseille Provence Greeters - Local Guides Cooperatives who want to share their knowledge. Or visit Serail, a soap maker during their Friday afternoon factory visit. The Cité des Arts de la Rue has a farmers' market and visits the Cascade d'Aygalades on the first Sunday of each month.

Cruise or climb Calanque. & Nbsp; The southern French version of the Norwegian fjords is the stunning limestone cliffs of the Calanques flowing into the sea. Most of this freshly minted national park can be reached only by boat or on foot. During the major forest fires, many hikes were closed in July - September. Choose your Calanques adventure: Pack a picnic and grab Calanque de Sugiton in 21 buses to Luminys on a 45-minute hike; book your local skipper to take you to their favorite turquoise waves with AirBnb, Click & amp; Boat; or drive for an hour to the family-friendly restaurant of Calanque de Marseilleveyre, Chez les Belges - but remember, this traditional cabin ("cabin") has no electricity, so bring cash.

Take your time. In Marseille, the "le quart d'heure" in Marseilles means that there is 15-30 minutes left "on time". There may be strikes and delays in public transport. Just enjoy a leisurely pace. Also, keep in mind that many shops and restaurants are closed on Sundays.

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