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Sunshine on the coast in Marseille

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With an array of picturesque sea views and coastal walks, Marseille is one of France's most elegant coastal cities. Here visitors can explore the Calanque Cliffs and Mediterranean beaches or visit the Old Port for its seafood and scenes of local life.

Why go?

As one of the oldest and largest French cities, Marseille maintains and values its history. It's also a gateway to a stunning coastline...

Although it was one of the European Capital of Culture Cities for 2013, Marseille also offers a modern mix of great food, culture, fashion and music and there is a noticeable North African influence.

Public transport links include two main metro lines, around 30 bus routes and two tram lines, so it's easy to get to the central sites such as Le Panier and Notre Dame de la Garde. The historic high street, La Canebiere, is noted for its restaurants and bars and is a good place to try bouillabaisse, the seafood soup famous in this area.

Collect your car from Marseilles Airport (MRS) on arrival and you will soon be whisked into town and villages or onto one of the many resorts along the coast waiting to be explored.

Where to explore?

To stretch your travel beyond the city centre, why not make the most of car hire in Marseille? Where will you go?

The surrounding area of Provence is famed for its outstanding natural beauty and is perfectly suited for a day trip out in the car. Take a drive to the old streets of Vieil Aix or to the criss-crossing marshes and expansive farmlands of Camargue, or travel east to the town of Toulon.

For a bit of a change, pack up the car for a day out and drive along the Corniche or visit the Iles du Frioul, the four islands off the coast of Marseilles. You could also make the most of the coastal location and travel away from the busy working city on one of the ferries to Corsica.

With Marseille car hire so much is possible, making a trip to France an opportunity to see and experience far more than just a single city or town.