Marseille is France’s second largest city and a leading commercial port on the Mediterranean. Often perceived as an edgy city, Marseille is a dynamic, bustling, multicultural crossroads that’s rich with more than 1500 years of history.
The city’s new sense of optimism culminated in Marseille being the European Capital of Culture in 2013. At its heart is the Vieux-Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell their catch along the boat-lined quay. Other sites worth discovering include the basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, a 19th century, Romanesque-Byzantine church, the Palaise de Longchamp, the Cathedral of the Major, and the archeological ruins of Roman road & Greek walls in the Jardin de Vestiges.
Cosmopolitan Marseille offers exciting nightclubs, fabulous restaurants, a variety of theatres, an international football stadium, and a crop of swanky new museums. Its pedestrianised zones and shopping areas, such as the colourful French-African quarter, blend seamlessly with historical sites. The OK Corral, a cowboy theme amusement park, offers a fun distraction.