Over 2,600 years old, the city of Marseille was originally discovered by Greek settlers and to this day the area has a distinct Mediterranean feel to it. Named the European City of Culture in 2013 the city has undergone a transformation and redefined itself as an artistic, cultural haven.
The focal point of this quirky city is the old port, Vieux Port. An eclectic collection of bars and restaurants line the port, which comes alive at the crack of dawn as the fisherman heave their catch onto the docks, were it goes straight to market – a sight to behold!
Benefiting from great weather all year round, a visit during the summer months lends itself to a leisurely weekend of eating, drinking and exploring. Marseille signature dish is the famous bouillabaisse fish stew, perfect for seafood lovers - it’s a must try. The abundance of restaurants caters for everyone; Le Petit Nice has 3 Michelin stars and showcases an impressive, inventive menu or sit out on the terrace at Chez Madie Les Galinettes enjoying classic French cuisine, overlooking the port.
The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilization is perfect for those looking for a hit of culture. It showcases a fusion of cultures that have touched upon the shores of Marseille, including North American, African and Indonesian.
Despite the city being the second largest in France, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in a quaint old town surrounded by established eateries and farmers markets.
Why not explore the new Marseille this summer and fly from Leeds Bradford® Airport.
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