A city of art and culture, Marseille has many marvels to share.

The oldest city in France has become the country’s second largest. Wearing its 26 centuries of history with pride, Marseille combines tradition and modernity with a strong character.

If you want to get to know Marseille, start by taking a stroll through the Old Port, sipping an aperitif on one of the many terraces on the promenade and buying the quintessential souvenir, soap that comes from the sweeping lavender fields that bloom in the Provence region. This is a truly inspirational place, and countless artists have sought to immortalise its essence. And we can’t forget about its food; bouillabaisse is to Marseille what paella is to Valencia. Originally simple fisherman’s fare, this dish has become a sought-after delicacy, which can be enjoyed in many of the city’s restaurants. Don’t miss out on a walk along La Canebière, the city’s main thoroughfare, which leads to the port and takes you to the city’s kilometre zero marker, as well as the Grand Théâtre and Opéra de Marseille.

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