The oldest city in France, Marseille was founded in the 6th century BC. Its location on the Mediterranean Sea made it a place for trade and business, whence its significant port activities.
Marseille is a name that calls to mind sunshine, bouillabaisse, aioli and pastis. And you can enjoy all of them as you stroll through the city, particularly along the Old Port. But this southern city is not just popular for its culinary specialities and its mild climate.
Anyone who visits Marseille will discover a rich historical and cultural heritage there. This city of art and culture is by no means short on emblematic monuments the likes of its forts, the Vieille Major (Marseille’s oldest cathedral), the Prefecture, the Stock Exchange, the Palais Longchamp, and the list goes on. But the must-sees of Marseille remain Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, La Canebière, the Old Port, the Old Town, the Vieille Charité, and Velodrome Stadium.
The many museums will introduce you to the city’s culinary traditions or to the tradition of santon figurines and the famous Savon de Marseille soap.
The city is proud of its dynamic, animated character. It also offers a multitude of summer events (festivals, traditional fêtes, concerts and more).