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Marseille is a vibrant and multicultural port city located in Southern France. It was found by the Greeks in 600 B.C. and is the second-most populous city in France. Marseille is best known for its beautiful Mediterranean setting along with its thriving fishing scene.
The ultimate time to visit Marseille is between September and November. During these months the temperatures are still quite warm and you won’t have to experience the busy crowds that come in the summer months during peak tourism season. While there is a chance of rain during the fall, it’s a fair trade-off in order to avoid crowds.
Marseille’s most popular attraction is its picturesque Vieux-Port (Old Port) which is in the heart of the city. It’s the docking area of luxurious yachts, and the surrounding area is full of waterfront cafes, stylish hotels, and fresh seafood restaurants- making it the perfect place to wander around on a sunny day. Near the Vieux-Port you will also find Quai des Belges Fish Market, which is frequented by locals and the best place to purchase fresh-caught fish.
Visitors will also want to check out the Phare de Sainte-Marie, a beautiful light-house that was built to mark the harbour of Marseille back in 1855. It is made of limestone and stands about 70 feet high. Although the lighthouse is inactive, it still makes for a great place to visit. Another historic attraction in Marseille is Notre-Dame de la Garde, a magnificent Catholic basilica that is built on the site of an ancient fort at the highest point in the city. Notre-Dame de la Garde is Marseille’s best-known symbol and is where the Assumption Day pilgrimage took place, a nationwide holiday that is celebrated across Europe. Guests are welcome to go inside the basilica and admission is free, however, it is a very busy tourist attraction so arrive early to avoid lines.
Those who enjoy spending time in nature will want to visit Parc National des Calanques, a breathtaking park that offers amazing cliff views of the Mediterranean. There are many hidden bays at Parc National des Calanques, therefore there are several boat tours available that allow guests to see even the most tucked-away locations. The park is especially important to Marseille as it places a huge emphasis on conservation and maintaining the natural beauty of the area. Guests are asked to use common sense when visiting in order to protect the environment for years to come.
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