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Marseille Travel Information

Located on France’s Mediterranean coast, Marseille is France’s oldest city, founded over 2,500 years ago by Greek sailors. Not perhaps the first French city that springs to mind when considering a holiday or short break, Marseille is something of an undiscovered tourist destination. However, a visit to this lively, multi-cultural city will be a charming experience.

Exploring Marseille

Perhaps the best place to start is the Vieux Port (old port), still an active, bustling fishing port, with freshly caught fish being sold in the open air fish market, and cafes bursting with people chattering and watching the activity. To the west of the fishing port you’ll find the forts of St.Jean and St.Nicolas, spectacularly framing the entrance to the harbour. To the east is the Panier district, a small neighbourhood that clings to the hill and leads to the town hall, through a myriad of narrow alleyways and steep, winding streets.

Whilst visiting Marseille, take the time to discover the city and its bay from the water too. Boat trips to the islands of Frioul, Chateau d’If, Maire, Pommegues and Ratonneau are all available from the Old Port, and will also give you spectacular views back towards Marseille itself.

Marseille is located in the Bouches-du-Rhone region of France, where the Rhone meets the Mediterranean Sea. The region’s coastline extends from Marseille to La Ciotat in the east, and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the west, taking in Calanques de Cassis and Mariques along the way. This beautiful stretch of coastline is dotted with quaint fishing villages and pretty beaches, and well worth exploring. Inland, you’ll discover typical Provencal scenery, with olive groves, ancient villages, vineyards and mansion houses.