Meet the Frenetic Seaside Town of Marseille
Marseille is a picturesque seaside town in France full of history, architecture and a vibrant culture. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and was an important trade centre for the French Empire. Now, Marseille is one of the most visited cities in France.
Culture fiends will adore Marseille with its collection of museums, art galleries, cafes, cinemas, bars and restaurants. A trip to the opera is essential for a true Marseille experience. In the very heart of the city, the Opéra de Marseille was the city’s main attraction from the late 1700s to the 1970s. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the museum of modern art, Musée Cantini, for its works depicting Marseille and several pieces by Pablo Picasso, while the Marseille History Museum provides an excellent history of the city.
Seaside activities are highly recommended while in Marseille, whether that’s renting a boat, snorkelling, walking alongside the stunning fjords of the Calanques, driving along the seaside road known as the Corniche, or simply lying on one of the local’s favourite beaches like Borély Beach in the south of Marseille.
A trip to France must include wonderful food, and while Marseille has many noteworthy cafes and restaurants, you can get a real feel for the city through its markets. Being a port town, Marseille has excellent seafood and the freshest can be found at the Fish Market (Marché aux Poissons) in the Old Port area. Buy fish straight off the boats and have it cleaned in front of you while you wait. For a taste of Marseille's ethnic background, visit the Noailles market to find flavours of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This is a chaotic market filled to the brim with African spices, colourful rugs, honey-drenched pastries, oriental teas, flatbreads and pizzas fresh from the oven.