Tour the oldest city in France
Located next to the Mediterranean Sea on the south east coast of France, Marseille is a popular French retreat. Mix with locals and those seeking a relaxing afternoon on the beaches at the Prado, Pointe Rouge and les Goudes. Callelongue is a beautiful cove positioned around a quaint fishing village. Stroll around the harbour and dine on seafood in one of the terraced restaurants. Head to the Centre Bourse for some retail therapy and browse the boutiques and stores of this lively area. The Musée de la Mode will appeal to the fashion conscious traveller with an extensive collection of costumes, garments and items of clothing charting several decades in French culture. Discover the catacombs and crypt at the Abbey of Saint-Victor and see art by Picasso in the Musée Cantini. At night watch the sunset over the marina and walk along The Corniche to the Vieux-Port; from here visitors can admire the grand Fort St Nicolas and Fort Saint Jean.
Take a trip to Marseille for a beach holiday with a difference. As France’s oldest city, it’s a good idea to explore the museums and ancient buildings to learn more about Marseille’s heritage. Unwind on the beach set within an idyllic cove or stroll through the thriving market area to browse the stalls.
When To Go?
Marseille boasts a Mediterranean climate and as a result is a popular holiday destination for tourists and locals. Avoid the cold months of January and February with daytime temperatures dropping to 8°C and a strong cold wind known as the Mistral. July and August are the hottest months of the year with highs of 30°C. The best time to visit is during May when the weather is bright and warm with less crowds than in the peak summer months.
How To Get There?
Marseille is served by Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) located 27km (approximately 16 miles) from the centre of town. Direct flights from the UK fly from Dublin, London Gatwick and London Stansted. Scheduled flights from Edinburgh and Bristol to Marseille are available seasonally. Marseille Provence Airport serves other European destinations including Brussels, Prague and Barcelona. Passengers can book a taxi or take the shuttle bus service directly into the centre of Marseille.
As the largest commercial port in France, Marseille is undeniably rich in maritime history. The Musée d'Histoire is a great base for learning more about the city; tour La Vieille Charité to see great exhibits of art and textiles of the region. At day break walk over to The Quai des Belges at Marseille Bay to watch fishermen bring in the mornings catch. The nearby market offers the freshest seafood from the Mediterranean Sea. Climb the narrow staircase of the Phare de Sainte Marie lighthouse for views out over the coast or enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the leafy Pierre Puget Park.