Living Marseille

Marseille, a kaleidoscope of millenarian people and civilizations, a city with an undisputed charm and strong identity that knows how to attract visitors in its magical atmosphere; multi-ethnic and lively city with great historical roots and where the flavors and smells of the Mediterranean culture are breathed.

Marseille is the oldest French city, in fact it was founded by the Greeks as a commercial outpost in Gaul. Due to its strategic position, the city has undergone various dominations. The most famous monument of Marseille is the Church of Notre Dame de la Garde which stands on the foundations of a twelfth-century chapel.

Marseille has been the European Capital of Culture in 2013; in 2017 the Sport’s one; if Paris hosts the Olympic Games in 2024, Marseille will be the venue for its sailing events. In the space of a few years, these events have transformed the face of Marseille which has become a modern, chic city.

But she has lost none of her charm and authenticity, offering a 57 km coastline and one of the world’s most stunning harbours. The city owes its popularity to 300 days of sunshine a year, gastronomic Mediterranean fare, a rich historical heritage, a revamped town centre and the friendliness of its people.

Old Marseille

Le Panier: discover the charms of Marseille’s oldest neighbourhood, from the picturesque little streets and squares to craft workshops, shops and museums; visit on foot on the Marseille Petit Train (touristic train) as we have done, the most interesting spot of the city!

Discover the new face of Marseille with its contemporary architectural creations and renovations: the Ombrière sunshade, the museum of European and Mediterranea Civilisations (MuCEM), the Villa Mèditerranèe, the FRAC (Regional Collection of Contemporary Art) etc.

You can’t miss the amazing and spectacular panoramic views over the city and the harbour from Notre Dame de la Garde!

So what are you waiting for? Come to Marseille, the attractive city in Provence!

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