Summer ideas for your stay in south of France

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    At least 72% vegetable oil in the Marseille soap

    At least 72% vegetable oil in the Marseille soap - © marcomayer / Getty Images

Summer ideas for your stay in south of France Marseille fr

Fields of lavender, sunflowers and olive trees, do you know Provence well? Among our tips you will find some that will inspire you for a new trip to South of France. The one thing we can promise is that you’ll never be bored.

Catch a festival

Summer is festival season in Provence, there is always some celebration to join in. Highlights of the warmer months:

  • Festival d’Avignon, Avignon's theatre festival from July 4 to 23, 2019
  • Choregies d'Orange, Orange's celebration of opera from June 19 to August 6, 2019
  • Les Rencontres d’Arles, a citywide international photography exhibition in Arles from July 1 till September 22, 2019 
  • Corso of Lavender in Digne-les-Bains in August 2 to 6, 2019. Parade of decorated floats, animations in the perfumed streets, ball, folklore, it is the end of the harvests and it is the party

Shop the markets

Shopping the Provencal markets for fresh produce and flowers is an essential experience, and also one of the best ways to mingle with the locals. Almost every village has a weekly market; some occur several times a week or daily. Discover fish market in the old port of Marseille, taking place every day until noon or be on the lookout for the Savon de Marseille, said by many to be the best soap in the world, which can be found only in Marseille. Visit Aix-en-Provence, one of the most gorgeous cities in France, with the  market stalls along the Cours Mirabeau selling local handicrafts, soaps, nougat and wine.

Cruise the sea, rivers and canals

A chic foodie cruise off Marseille is a magical experience. From the Calanques to the Côte Bleue, and the island of Frioul to Corniche Kennedy, Marseille can be equally well explored from the water. On the deck of the boat, in the magnificent setting of the Calanques, you enjoy the spoils of a hamper prepared by Lionel Levy, Michelin-starred chef at the InterContinental Marseille–Hôtel Dieu, one of the city’s leading chefs of Mediterranean cuisine.

Explore the Camargue

The marshy wetlands of the Camargue, where the Rhone river meets the sea, are home to a vast ecosystem bursting with life and colour. Flamboyances of pink flamingoes, white Camargue horses and black bulls are some of the symbols of this delta region.

Brush up on your ancient roman history

Provence is a living museum of some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Europe. History-hunters should head to Nimes to see its remarkable amphitheatre, a Corinthian temple that has stood for more than 2000 years, and many more monuments. The UNESCO-recognised Pont du Gard aqueduct, spanning the Gardon River, is still a marvel of engineering. And in Orange, the Theatre Antique, vast enough for 10,000 spectators, is one of the most interesting Roman ruins in Provence.

Stroll the streets of Marseille 

Marseille is a vibrant and interesting city, and a place to experience the mix of African and French culture. La Friche is an old tobacco factory next to the city’s station (St. Charles) that is now a cutting-edge cultural space. It’s massive and home to a skateboarding park, a playground, startup offices, a cool bookstore, and a wonderful terrace bar and restaurant. You’ll find a different cultural event every weekend. Head to the Cours Julien, emblematic place of Marseille, which is one of the edgiest neighborhoods and it’s full of some of the best bars, clubs, restaurants in the city, where you can find also  farmer's market with local products and quality food.

Eat Bouillabaisse

In France's oldest city, Marseille, restaurant menus list an abundance of fresh seafood prepared in simple and delicious ways. Many restaurants around the old port invite to the very best bouillabaisse in town. The famous fish stew originated here in Marseille and today is found everywhere. On of the best recipes is served at the restauant Chez Madie les Galinettes in the old port. 

Fly direct

Ryanair operates direct flight from Bucharest to Marseille twice per week.

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