Our Guide to Marseille
Marseille is France’s second largest city and is home to the largest port in the country. Founded by the Greeks in the sixth century BC, the bustling metropolis has a rich history in arts, culture and maritime.
The old harbour, or Vieux-port; is often referred to as the gem of Marseille and is lined with ancient walls, Roman docks and temples. The harbour is also where you will find a number of medieval structures standing alongside modern-day buildings.
One of the city’s most impressive sites is the Palais de Longchamp. Completed in 1869, the grand colonnaded building was built to celebrate the completion of Marseille’s large aqueduct and features lush park grounds and ornate fountains. Housed within the palace’s two wings, you will also find the History and Arts museums.
The nearby city of Aix-en-Provence, founded in 122 BC is located just sixteen miles north and is often a popular tourist destination. Filled with magnificent cathedrals, 17th century mansions and numerous museums. Aix-en-Provence is also home of the renowned artist Paul Cézanne.
In regards to shopping, Marseille competes with Paris in its diversity and variety of merchandise. You’ll find an array of local stalls, artisan stands and open-air markets throughout the city. If you are looking for French fashion, head to the trendy area of Cours Julie. This is where you will find a number of boutiques including the popular brands including Burberry, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton and Hermes.
Many luxury cruise ships visit the beautiful city of Marseille and it is certainly an ideal location for cruise passengers, since there is simply so much to see and do within the city and the surrounding area. The main cruise terminal is just a ten-minute walk from the lively city centre, perfect for a leisurely stroll in the summer months.
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