Marseille is a dynamic and multicultural city featuring more than 1500 years of maritime history. Marseille is bustling and rich of things to see and do being the biggest Mediterranean port, France’s second-biggest city, and the economic hub of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.
The heart of the city is the vibrant Vieux Port (old port) where you can be fascinated watching fishermen selling their stock by auction. Strolling in the city centre you will experience colourful markets such as the Noailles Market where you will feel like you are in Africa, old areas such as the Panier resembling a Provence village and where you will find lots of craftmen, handmade shops and restaurants, or you can enjoy a beautiful tour walking down the narrow streets with colored old buildings going all the way to the Cathédrale de la Major, or you can walk through the Corniche, a road along the sea with lovely views to the Chateau d'If to the south and Les Calanques to the east.
Marseille is also rich of museum and galleries, cafes and fancy restaurants where to enjoy local fish dishes, first of all the famous fish soup called bouillabaisse.
When you are ready to leave the city you can discover one of the real beauties of Marseille: its coastline of 57 kilometres including 20 kilometres in the wild and spectacular Parc National des Calanques. Calanque means fjord and the Park is a natural area of big cliffs falling into the sea: a 20km stretch of high, rocky promontories, rising from a brilliant-turquoise Mediterranean sea. The sheer cliffs are occasionally interrupted by small idyllic beaches, some impossible to reach without a small boat or kayak. The park is also home for an extraordinary wealth of flora and fauna: 900 plant species, rare lizards and snakes, and Bonelli’s eagle.
The best way to enjoy the Calanques National Park with the stunning beauty of its landscapes, is to cruise it on board of a catamaran boat from Marseille. Our tours will stop you for a swim, or some snorkeling and scuba diving activities discovering the marine life of this natural pearl of the Mediterranean Sea.
If you like an active holiday you can also experience the Park reaching cliffs and small coves by kayak or doing some hiking: Calanque de Sormiou and Calanque de Morgiou are the most easily accessible, while remote inlets such as Calanque d’En Vau and Calanque de Port-Miou need more dedication and time.
With 300 days of sunshine per year and Summer average temperatures around 25°C, Marseille is definitely a destination worth considering if you want to enjoy sunshine, stunning view on a blue sea, while also discovering history and culture of one of the most charming corners of France.
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