Marseille is a port city in southern France, located on the Mediterranean coast near the mouth of the river Rhône. It is the second largest city in France and the largest port for commerce, freight and cruise ships in France.
No trip to the city would be complete without exploring its wonderful port. Marseille’s massive rectangular port has been trading for 2,600 years. It’s broad promenade is enclosed mostly 18th century former warehouses which nowadays house an array of bars, cafes and restaurants.
Towering above the skyline of the port, on Marseilles highest point is the popular Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. This iconic monument with large golden figure watches over all who enter and exit the port. Its one of the most visited sites in the city and offers 360 degree, uninterrupted, panoramic views of this beautiful city.
If getting back to nature is more your thing, why not visit Calanques National Park. With its majestic cliffs, sea as far as the eye can see, exceptional flora and fauna this unique site, allows nature lovers to make the most of a wide range of activities. The park can be explored on foot by taking in a hiking trail or by sea by hoping on a boat trip.
If you are struggling to get your head around the cities vast history, why not check out one of its museums. The Musée d’Histoire de Marseille is located at the port and details the ceramics, architectural fragments, the remains of ancient ships, mosaics, sarcophagi and much more associated with the city. If you are looking for something a little more modern, why not check out the cutting edge MuCEM down at the waterfront. It’s an of overview of Mediterranean culture an civilisation, incorporating art, photography exhibitions and historic artefacts.