Marseille, the sweet fragrance of the Mediterranean
Reserve a plane ticket to Marseille and succumb to the charms of this southern metropolis which proudly stands between Provence and the Mediterranean. The second largest city in France possesses a rich and exciting past and an infectious joie de vivre.
It is she, the symbol of the city: Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the 'Bonne Mère' who watches over sailors, fishermen and all the people of Marseille from the top of her hill, perched at 154 mètres overlooking the sea. A trip to Marseille is not complete without this high point of the city which commands breathtaking panoramic views. It has to be said that Marseille has no shortage of picturesque features. Towards the city, there is the Canebière, the beating heart of Marseille's market district and it's in the Vieux Port that one can get an authentic insight into the city's cosmopolitan population and hear its famous charming provençal accent.
For the more natural treasures, your Marseille travel guide will take you to the Calanques. Those stunning calcareous cliffs rising from the sea which are home to a plethora of little creeks and beaches. During your visit to Marseille, stop by the charming port of l'Estaque and enjoy a delicious bouillabaisse. Once admired by the fauvistes painters, today the port is home to the yachting set. This district of Marseille is also known for its tinned sardine industry and its production of tiles. Reserving a flight to Marseille is the guarantee of a constant change of scenery. The striking contrast between the old panier district, with its maze of colorful streets and the newly renovated area of la Joliette, symbol of 21st century Marseille. In between these two periods, either side of the old port stands the extravagant MuCEM museum opposite the Palais du Pharo. The symbol of a city preserving its heritage whilst also facing the future… and the sea.