Not to miss in Marseille
People who travel to France – as well as those living there – often say there are two countries in one: the cold, rainy and somewhat mundane north and the sunny warm south, where we can find the Cote d’Azur and the beautiful city of Marseille. There are lots of things not to miss in Marseille and today we would like to talk about a few of them.
When we talk of natural beauties, the limestone peak of the Massif des Calanques, extending 20 kilometers between Marseilles and Cassis, is an attraction you can neither miss nor ignore.
Perched on a hilltop, the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde is the symbol of the city built in the second half of the 19th century in the lavish, somewhat opulent Neo-Byzantine style. It offers a breathtaking view over the red rooftops and the Mediterranean Sea.
In for a moment of culture? Then a visit at the museum is in store! First stop: the MuCEM (Museums of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean). Housed in a modern building, it pays tribute to the legacy of all the past centuries.
Another museum worth your time is the Museum of Mediterranean Archeology, where you can admire artifacts from Greece, Egypt, Italy and – of course – ancient Francia.
But if you really want to get a taste of live in Marseille, go to Le Panier, the Old Town. Up on the hill above the Old Port, this colorful historic neighbourhood is the oldest in the city, since this is where the Greeks settled in the 7th century BC. With its vibrant boulevards and narrow streets, this can make for a perfect, long stroll about town.
But if you get too weary of walking, you can call on Marseilles car rental to have a vehicle at hand for your French trip!