Combine the rich past of an ancient port city with year-round wonderful weather
and some of the most cutting-edge modern architecture in France, and you get Marseille. It's one of southern France's most active cities and perhaps its most enticing. It's no wonder Marseille has been voted European Capital of Culture
in 2013. Going to Marseille means choosing a destination for your next break where you can enjoy both cultural visits and indulge in plenty of relaxation.
Marseille is so diverse in its culture and landscapes that visitors will have a wide array of activities to choose from. Try a walk to the famous "calanques" (limestone cliffs), a stroll through the Parc Borely
, a walk through the typical "Panier" quarter of the city near the Old Port, or perhaps a ride up to the Notre Dame de la Garde Cathedral
on the hillside, overlooking the entire city. Marseille is known for its warm weather and blue skies, and makes for a perfect destination at any time of year.
Don't forget to visit the selection of museums and exhibitions on offer
. Venturing out into the region is easy with Marseille as your base, and some famous destinations are just a few kilometres away. Places like Aix-en-Provence, Nimes, Arles, and Avignon
are all nearby and all worth a visit.