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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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The south of France is a quick hop from the UK with non-stop flights taking around two hours...
With several departures from the UK, it's easy to find a quick flight to Marseille. British Airways flies from London Heathrow, leaving easyJet to operate from Gatwick and Ryanair from Stansted. Ryanair also flies from Edinburgh and Bristol.
There are also connections through European hubs, such as with Lufthansa via Frankfurt, Air France via Paris and KLM via Amsterdam. These services operate from many UK regional departures points, as well as from London.
Travelling between the airport and Marseille city centre is easy. Read on to discover your best options...
Marseille-Provence Airport is well serviced by shuttle buses and taxis, getting you to the city centre in around 30 minutes. The shuttle service costs €8 (around £6.50) per person. A typical taxi fare is €50, €60 at night.
Ski shuttles, the Navettes Blanches, run from the airport during winter, too.
Marseille-Provence Airport is also located on a railway line - a free shuttle service runs between the airport building and the gare (train station). Here you can buy tickets to Marseille city centre or destinations further afield such as Avignon, Arles and Montpellier.
Car hire in Marseille is a wise investment if you plan to see more of Provence or discover the glorious coastline. You can collect your vehicle at the airport.
Marseille has hotels to suit all styles and budgets. Find your ideal hotel today with TravelSupermarket...
Book as far in advance as possible to save on hotels in Marseille, especially if staying during the busy summer months.
As Marseille continues to evolve and emerge from its somewhat gritty past, so too have hotels in the city transformed. You will be welcomed at any one of the thoughtfully designed luxury hotels, as well as the clean but basic budget properties.
Stay in the Old Port, or Vieux Port, to really seize life in Marseille. If you don't mind a bit of a slog back to town, you could also consider the beach-side hotels in the southern part of the city.
Once you've booked your flight to Marseille, you can compare prices on dozens of hotels with TravelSupermarket and secure your ideal break.