Marseille is a rich, pulsating port city bubbling over with history, cutting-edge creative spaces and hip multicultural urbanites. Since Greek settlers came ashore around 600 BC, waves of immigrants have made Marseille (now France's second largest city) their home.
Marseille's maritime heritage thrives at the vibrant Vieux Port (Old Port), where fresh-off-the-boat catches are sold each morning. Along the coast, seaside roads and cycling tracks veer around sun-scorched coves and sandy beaches.
A feast of world cuisines, shops, music and cultural celebrations ensure the pace never slows in this busy city, where the mistral wind blows.
Best places to stay in Marseille
A perfect weekend in Marseille, Europe's culture capital for 2013
Prepare to be seduced by the vibrant port city of Marseille. This charming city in France's Provence region has undergone an extensive facelift for its reign as European Capital of Culture 2013, and now boasts world-class museums, galleries and performing arts...
Marseille destination guides
Mini guide to Marseille
Prepare for heart-and-soul seduction. Free of mass tourism but always buzzing, this is a seaport city with the right balance of tradition and modernity, nature and culture. Its unique setting, exuberant mood and extravagant multicultural diversity make it one of the most delectable cities in France...
Private Tour: Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Day Trip from Marseille
See both a charming Provencal town and coastal scenery on this full-day private tour to Aix-en-Provence and Cassis! After leaving Marseille, explore Aix on a walking tour along Cours Mirabeau boulevard and through the majestic Old Town.
Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Aix-en-Provence and Valensole Lavender Tour
Brighten up your time in port in Marseille with this private shore excursion to the spectacular lavender fields of Valensole, in addition to a walking tour of the charming town of Aix-en-Provence. Visit the Valensole Plateau, whose landscape comes alive in the summer months with blooming fields of fragrant lavender.
The Mediterranean without the crowds
Even before the Romans laid claim to Mare Nostrum ('our sea'), the eyes of the world have looked greedily at the Mediterranean in summer and swooned. This bluest of blue seas, a beautiful picture in a perfect frame, is irresistible once the sun comes out...