Marseille is the oldest and second largest city in France and one of the most ancient towns in Europe. It should be visited, explored, enjoyed. An ambitious coastal city, with stunning historic as well as modern architecture, a real melting pot of different cultures, nevertheless with true French flavor, Marseille is a wonderful destination. Boasting an international airport, TGV (high-speed trains) from many French as well as some European cities, budget-friendly Eurolines buses, well-connected highways you cannot miss this city. When there, you can easily get around by public transportation (buses, trams and underground), but there is also a very affordable and smart bicycle-hire scheme I would highly recommend.
Top Sights to See in Marseille
Le Panier (meaning ‘basket’) is the oldest area of the city. Visit the Vieille Charité, a wonderful old museum situated in the middle of this historic district, currently hosting museums and exhibitions. But otherwise, just wander around the lovely little alleys, pop in quaint little shops, dine in deliciously cooking independent restaurants. You may rest in a small café and pick up local products or second-hand souvenirs in the only Old Town I have ever seen which retained its real-feel and seems not to exist only in order to serve tourists. Galleries and exhibitions will be bountiful in your way as well, so plan a little bit more than three hours for this venue of local color.