Marseille is the oldest city in France, founded around 600 B.C by greek sailors. Today, it is the second largest and most populated city after Paris. Its mild climate, year-round sunshine and radiant colors make it a popular destinations for visitors who appreciate the city more with each visit. Its position on the coast allowed Marseille to benefit from being the first commercial port of France, open on the Mediterranean and the Orient for centuries.
As the 2013 European City of Culture, Marseille completely renovated and restored its most beautiful monuments and neighborhoods in order to receive visitors from around the world who come to enjoy the cultural events and festivities organized throughout the year. The melting pot of cultures present in the city was created by centuries of waves of immigration, Marseille having welcomed with open arms migrants from all over the Mediterranean: North Africa, Spain, Italy...
The Old Port, with its picturesque colors, its beautiful views and delicious seafood restaurants is a must. Try the bouillabaisse, the traditional fish soup of Marseille, visit Notre Dame de la Garde, a basilica located on the highest mountain of the city, and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Gardens of the Lighthouse.
A trip to Marseille allows you to visit the city and its wonders (architecture, museums, cultural centers, seaside, old port ...), but also its surroundings: the Frioul islands, the Camargue, Aix-en-Provence, the Provencal villages, coves, beaches ... This region of southern France is sunny all year, and has everything to offer.
The massive forts of Saint-Jean and Saint-Nicolas border the bay of Marseille, while on the island opposite the town stands the If Castle. The If Castle was a former prison where The Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned in the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas. Another enchanting spot of the area is the Estaque, a quaint little harbor that was of great inspiration to the artist Paul Cézanne. Rich in museums and art galleries, home of poets and writers, Marseille fascinates tourists.
Marseille is THE city of Pastis: a before dinner ritual. The drink accompanies a game of petanque with family or friends. Get a taste of Provencal cuisine, recognized worldwide as one of the richest in the country. The best chefs come here at least once and to get a sense savoir-faire of the region, learn new recipes and expand their knowledge. Aioli, anchoïade, bouillabaisse, soup with pesto, and botargo are the most traditional dishes of Provence.