What to do in Marseille, France
France's second largest city, Marseille, is a heritage that dates back to the ancient Greeks. It has since become an important part of the Roman Empire and has since maintained close ties with its bordering Italian neighbors. & Nbsp; The city is also the focal point for French colonies in Algeria, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. & Nbsp; This melting pot of history and cultures gives the city a lively and distinctive charm.
As if travelers needed some other reasons to visit, Marseille is probably the sunniest city in France. And you would be surprised how much you can pack together for a weekend visit. Start with these highlights.
The city hub is the historic port of Vieux Port, which is still an important port for merchant and cruise ships in France. & Nbsp; Take a morning stroll around the harbor to see local fishermen selling their daily catch, or have an early morning cocktail at one of the seaside cafes or bars, many of which follow the Italian tradition of Apertivo. serving light refreshments.
Marseille is a hilly city that can be a challenge for inactive tourists, although one of the advantages is that the city has many vantage points to admire the sunset. One such location is the Palais du Pharo, which was originally built for Napoleon III. & Nbsp; It has gardens with views of the sea and sunset. An alternative to this is the terrace area outside MUCEM. & Nbsp; The museum itself is a modern addition to the city and hosts exhibitions on the Mediterranean. As the sunset approaches, you will find many locals and tourists gathering at many points of view near the museum and letting Saint Jean Castle sink into the sun as it slowly sinks into the media.
A 25-minute walk from Vieux Port takes you to the nearest Catalan beach. This small but sandy beach is crowded on weekends and is a great opportunity for warm sea water.
The impressive Palais Longchamp dates back to 1849, when it was commissioned to celebrate the creation of water canals. The monument's water lines and fountains are particularly spectacular and the gardens are well worth a visit.
Almost everywhere in the city you will see the magnificent Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, which was built at the highest point of the city. & Nbsp; This means you will need a steep uphill to reach it, which will take about 20 minutes from the Vieux Port - depending on how many stops you make up your way. & Nbsp; When you arrive at the summit, you'll be rewarded with great views of the city, 360 degrees, the mountains, the harbor and the Mediterranean Sea. Within the basilica, the views of the interior design are equally stunning.
Nul Part Ailleurs is a French / Italian eatery in Vieux Port, offering an extensive menu offering something everyone would love. There are many options for vegetarians, including pizza, but mussels are definitely worth a try at the local cuisine.
Climbing up the Cours Julien artificial area requires several more steps. Stairs Escaliers du Cours Julien are not ordinary stairs - they are beautifully decorated in street art, giving you an idea of what to expect when you reach the top. & Nbsp; Narrow lanes and restaurant fronts are covered in Instagram-worthy graffiti.
British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair operate direct flights from the UK to Marseille with flights of around 2 hours. Buses to and from Gare de Marseille depart from Marseille Airport every 15 minutes, paying around € 14 round trip.
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