As France's second largest city, Marseille is located in the region of Provence. A city rich in history, Marseille sits on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the south of the country. It has a vibrant nightlife and plenty of quality restaurants.
With more than twenty museums to explore and other tourist attractions, such as the Palais de Longchamp, the 19th Century Notre Dame de la Garde and the Cathedral of the Major, Marseille is a popular European destination.
Marseille flights arrive at Marseille-Provence airport (MRS) which is situated to the north west of the city. The airport is well serviced by shuttle buses and taxis which can transport you straight to the city centre within 30 minutes. Flights to Marseille from the UK, generally take around two hours.
This area of France is remarkably different from other regions and the influence of North Africa is quite clear. Immigrants came and settled in Marseille and brought with them a mixture of cultural, culinary, musical and fashion inspirations.
Today, the city retains a traditional charm around the Old Port. Here you can sample the local fish delicacies such as the famous French seafood soup, bouillabaisse. La Canebiere is a main street which runs from the Old Port and has an abundance of food and drink establishments. Marseille has been named as the European Capital of Culture in 2013 which is perhaps a fitting tribute to its diversity which incorporates hip hop music and an up to the minute fashion scene.
The enviable position of Marseille means it is well placed to explore the beaches along the Mediterranean coast including the Calanque Cliffs and the Camargue. There are also regular ferries to and from the island of Corsica and the Iles du Friou. Find cheap flights to Marseille by using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool.