Marseille is France's second largest city and is located in the southeastern part of the country. The city was founded as early as the 6th century BC and is the country's oldest city. Archaeological finds such as cave paintings show that people have lived in and around Marseille for over 30,000 years.

There is a Mediterranean climate here, which means mild rainy winters and hot dry summers. During the summer months of May-October, the temperature rarely drops below 25 degrees celsius during the day.

Attractions in Marseille

The charming old port Vieux Port is the heart of Marseille and the hub of the city. Here you will find nice restaurants and bars in a lovely environment. Take time to just sit and enjoy the view and check out all the people and boats in motion.

Visit the island of If, and take a tour of the fortress Château d'If. The fortress, which was built in the early 16th century, was originally intended to be used for defense against foreign attacks, but it was never used for military purposes. In 1634, the castle began to be used as a prison and in its time it became the most feared among French prisoners. The cells in the basement, where most of the prisoners were held, were extremely small and had no windows, so the conditions were bad. To get to the island you take a boat from Vieux Port. It takes about 20 minutes and costs around 10 Euros round trip for an adult.

If you are looking for the best views in Marseille, head to Notre Dame De La Garde cathedral. It is built on a hill, 162 meters above sea level, so it is almost impossible to miss. The approximately 55 meter high bell tower has a 12 meter high gold-plated copper statue of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus on top.


French cuisine is famous all over the world. If you want to try a real classic from the southern French cuisine, you should order a bouillabaisse. A saffron-scented seafood soup served with a dash of garlic mayonnaise. Heavenly good! A tip if you want to eat the city's perhaps best bouillabaisse is to visit the restaurant Le Miramar in Vieux port.

Another popular dish that you will see on almost every menu in Marseille is Moules Frites, mussels cooked in white wine with french fries and aioli.

Sports in Marseille

The city's big football club, Olympique de Marseille, plays in France's highest league, Ligue 1. The team plays its home matches at the Stade Vélodrome. The team has won many league titles and cups, including a win in the 1993 UEFA Champions League.

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