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Marseille is the second largest French city and is France’s third largest metropolitan area. The city enjoys a favourable location on the Mediterranean Sea, where holidaymakers have a lot of fun. Marseille’s location, which is characterised by the electric blue seas, mountainous areas and forests, qualifies it as a world-class vacation hotspot. The city also has a Mediterranean climate that features mild winters and dry summers. However, it has varied climatic conditions all through the year. The city experiences severe cold in January through to February, whilst July and August are the hottest months. Generally, its maximum temperature is around 30°C.  

Marseille has a fascinating culture. The city of Marseille is world famous for its history, galleries, museums, clubs, opera house, restaurants, cinemas, bars and lots of entertainment. There is so much to appreciate in Marseille, where the Santon fair has now become its tradition. The fair, which has been in practice since 1803, is held on the last Sunday of every year in the square known as Cours d’Estienne d’Orves.

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Why visit Marseille ?

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A world-class vacation hot spot

World famous for its history, entertainment and culture

Apart from this, Marseille is known for its numerous theatres, such as la Criée, le Gymnase and Tourski. In addition, the city is renowned for once being the home of some of the best poets ever. These are Valère Bernard, Victor Gélu, Edmond Rostand, Pierre Bertas and André Roussin. This will be good news for lovers of literature, who may be looking for the birthplace of these poets. Artistry is a trademark of Marseille.  

If you are confused as to where best to sightsee, try the Bay of Marseille, a small port in l’Estaque. Here you’ll find a lighthouse, the Centre Bourse, the Musée d’Histoire, the Cathedral of Sainte-Marie-Majeure and la Major. The Marseille historical museum is a beauty to behold. You’ll also find numerous shopping complexes and an old worship edifice called Abbey of Saint-Victor.  

Accommodation is not something of worry as the city provides classy hotels such as the Hôtel-Dieu. Here you can experience a great feeling of relaxation, and you can chill at the beaches of Pointe Rouge, Prado, Callelongue, les Goudes and le Prophète. Take time to visit Marseilleveyre and Calanques, a coastal but mountainous environment of Mother Nature’s beauty, entered into from Morgiou, Luminy, Callelongue, Sormiou and Cassis.  

During your stay in Marseille, do not hesitate to visit places such as Vieux-Port, especially in the evening, as here you will find many dining options.  

Many holidaymakers have seen it all, from the thrills of Marseille to the Frioul archipelago Islands in the Bay of Marseille, reachable by ferry from the popular point of the Old Port. Why not take a tour of Pomègues and Ratonneau, which are the Port’s neighbouring islands. Here you can make sure you get the most out of your Marseille holiday. Additionally, Marseille has always been a great force in the history of football and European soccer; you could visit the Olympique de Marseille team home stadium popularly known as Stade Vélodrome, or even watch one of their matches!

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