There are many reasons to say “non” to Paris and instead hit the historic streets of Marseille.
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 quality restaurants.
With more than 20 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), to the north-west of the city. 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 local fish delicacies such as the famous French seafood soup, bouillabaisse. La Canebière is the main street running up from the Old Port, with an abundance of food and drink establishments.
Marseille was the European Capital of Culture in 2013 - a fitting tribute to its diversity that 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 Îles du Friou.
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