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Marseille Visitor information

The heart of the city is the old port is an essential place to visit to soak up the atmosphere of its fish market. Of course seafood is important for Marseille, and you can see that from your plate, you can try their beautiful fish soup called "Bouillabaisse" with 7 different types of fish. It can be a little expensive for just one dish but your pallet will be thrilled by this experience. 

Marseille is also cultural, it was in 2013 the European cultural capital for that reason, the MuCEM (Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean) was inaugurated and is very ambitious with its design but fitting perfectly with its surrounding. Also, The Fine Art museum of the city is in the sumptuous Longchamp palace. Greek and Romanesque remains are some of the features of the Vestiges garden.

And if you enjoy hiking the following is for you, the National Park of the Calanques is known to be the most preserved in the region, it is a real nature wonder. They form creeks and mini-fjords that cut into limestone between Marseille and Cassis, those remote beaches are only accessible by boat or by walking. The cliffs get higher and higher the further you’ll go, and after a long walk you can finally rest on the pebble beach and maybe dive if the weather is allowing you to. 

Access by train 

The average journey time by train between London St-Pancras and Marseille St-Charles is 7 hours and 58 minutes, with around 18 trains per day.

Access by plane 

There is only one airport in the city of Marseille. Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) is located 17 miles from the city on the territory of Marignane in France's Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

How to get around? 

The best way to get around Marseille is on foot, since most of the neighborhoods are pedestrian-friendly and easy to navigate. However, the metro and tram lines are fast, affordable and efficient ways of getting around, too.

History of Marseille

Marseille is the oldest city of France, founded over 2.600 years ago. Marseille is rich in sacred places, religious sights and buildings. Most of them are Roman-Byzantine style, after their interior is decorated with marble, mosaics and murals which would for sure leave you inspired. 

A must-see is the Cathedral (Cathédrale de la Major) which is spectacular from the outside and located right by the sea so that you can really get an impression of the greatness. The whole structure is impressive and every time you will take a look, you will see something different.

But there is more to see in the city, like the splendid Chapelle Sainte Catherine is a sanctuary dating back to the 17th century. As you enter the chapel, you will see an amazing set of tapestries that embellish the building. In addition to its religious purposes, Chapelle Sainte Catherine is known to hold occasional classical and choral concerts.

But the very best holy place to visit in Marseille is Notre Dame-de-la-Garde Basilica, the building dominating the city from the hilltop overlooking the mountains, the city and the sea. It is called by the people of Marseille "la Bonne Mère", it has lived three lives. First built in 1214 - at the time as a small chapel – it was rebuilt in the 15th century before being destroyed again in 1853, to make way for a larger basilica. The aim was to have enough space to accommodate the pilgrims who are becoming numerous since the appearance of cholera. 

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