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.
A perfect weekend in Marseille, Europe's culture capital for 2013
Prepare to be seduced by the vibrant port city of Marseille...
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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...