Marseille, The place to be!

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Marseille, The place to be! 13 Marseille fr

 

Founded in 600 BC by the Greeks from Phocaea, Marseille is the oldest city in France and the second largest after Paris. The city is home to almost 900,000 people living in its 16 districts, most of which have held onto their authentic village atmosphere.


Marseille has much to offer its locals and tourists: 2600 years of history, an incredible coastline, spectacular rocky fjords, bouillabaisse, pastis and rosé wine, Cézanne, cutting edge rap and hip-hop music, pétanque and scuba diving, Olympique de Marseille, an average over almost 3,000 hours recorded yearly : just some of the excellent reasons to visit Marseille now.  And it has never been easier to get there, thanks to a High-speed TGV rail link, Europe’s first air terminal purpose-built for low-cost flights and fast-expanding cruise ship trafic.

 

You can climb to 162m above sea level to visit the church of the patron saint of sailors, Notre Dame de La Garde. From the islands "lles de Frioul" and the Chateau d'If with its legend of the Count of Monte Cristo, you have a beautiful view of this ancient maritime site.

 

City breaks to Marseille are a great way to explore a destination that’s full to bursting with historical landmarks, bustling markets and chic cafés. Marseille has an impressive natural heritage with numerous lush parks in the heart of the city, offering refreshing havens when the sun is beating down. Just a few kilometres from the Vieux-Port lies the Calanques National Park, which is the perfect spot for year-round outdoor activities. The famous Calanques cover 20 kilometres with untamed creeks to explore and clear blue water to enjoy.


In 2013, Marseille was the European Capital of Culture in 2013, enhancing many existing places and creating new landmarks for the city, like the Museum of Mediterranean Civilisations (MUCEM), new amenities along the Vieux Port and bringing international attention to its geographical and cultural potential. The Vieux-Port has been fully reworked by the architects at Norman Foster. This fantastic location is completely pedestrianised to restore it to its former glory in Marseille.

MuCEM

At the entrance of the Old Port of Marseille, floating between sea and sky, there is a MuCEM, multi-disciplinary museum focused mostly on Mediterranean cultures from prehistory to the present. Encompassing a total gross floor area of over 55,000 square meters, the MuCEM is one of the world’s largest ethnographic museums. Directly facing the open sea, the MuCEM's very location makes it a major development for the Mediterranean, redefining its horizon to create a place where its two shores unite. Never before has a museum been exclusively dedicated to the cultures of the Mediterranean, despite their richness and diversity in terms of history and civilisation.

Unmissable things to do in Marseille

  • Admire the panoramic view from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, a 19th century basilica
  • Discover the small fishing ports, the creeks, the If Castle and the archipelago of Frioul
  • Stroll by the markets of Marseille
  • Sip a pastis at sunset on the Vieux-Port
  • See an exhibition in the Vieille Charité Museum and have a walk in the « Panier » district
  • Watch a game at the Velodrome Stadium
  • Jog on the Corniche
  • Try out the local gastronomic specialities such as the fish soup (bouillabaisse)

Leisure activities

  • Water sports (23 beaches), sailing (5 ports), fishing
  • Golf, tennis, squash
  • Salt water therapy (Thallaotherapy), night clubs, theaters.
  • Soccer stadium Stade Vélodrome (Football) : Olympique de Marseille.
  • 21 museums.

Marseille events

  •   May: Festival of sacred music
  • June: La fête bleue, Les Voiles du Vieux Port Sailing Race, Open GDF Suez of Marseille, AudiMed Cup, Festival of Marseille
  • July: Festival of Jazz from the five Continents, Biking Tour de France stopover (to be confirmed)
  • September: September at Sea, Art-O-Rama international Contemporary Art exhibit, Juris’ Cup Sailing Race
  • October: Fiesta des Suds, Marsatac Festival (Music), Antiques and Art galleries fair of Marseille, Marseille-Cassis Semi-Marathon
  • November: World Festival of underwater pictures
  • December: Christmas crib figures and Christmas markets

 

Marseille, an easy access

Ryanair operates direct flight from Bucharest to Marseille two times per week starting from October 28, 2018.

 

 

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