Marseille is France's southern and exotic belle. Situated on the Mediterranean coast and looking out towards the rest of Europe, this is a city which is French, but is also very cosmopolitan and has almost an air of being its own city, with its own people, not French at all. Located so far south, it enjoys a very temperate climate, with some great hot, balmy days in the summer and winters which are not too cold. Being located on the Mediterranean it also means that in summer the sea breeze keeps the air temperature very comfortable, making this an ideal destination for any time of the year. With a population of just over 1 million, it is a relatively small city, for one which is so commercially important. However, its status as a major port means that there are often people here en route to somewhere else, so it does feel like a much larger city.
It is thought that Marseille has been inhabited to some extent, for at least 30,000 years. Although the city as we know it was founded in the year 600 BC, by the Greeks, since it is strategically a very important place for trade. This strategic location is today reinforced by the fact that it is France's largest port and is a gateway between France and the Mediterranean. The trading location means that Marseille has throughout its 30,000 year history, been a magnet for immigrants. It is a very diverse community and it has experienced some tensions over immigration and unemployment, but these are now very much in the past and in 2006 Marseille was named the most dynamic of all French cities, by France's leading financial magazine, L'Expansion. The Mediterranean feel to Marseille is reflected in the food on offer and there are some great restaurants, which serve French food but with a very Mediterranean feel to it. You can also find cuisines from all over the world, with Algerian and Moroccan influences also pretty dominant. Marseille is also bursting with attractions and things to do. The nightlife here is superb, with cafes, bars, nightclubs and live music venues offering something for all tastes. During the day you can take in some of the wonderful sights, such as the Palaise de Longchamp or the Notre Dame de la garde, which dates back to the 19th Century. There is also a wide variety of museums and like everything else in Marseille, these are very cosmopolitan and have some extremely interesting exhibits. The architecture in Marseille also reflects its past and there are buildings dating back hundreds of years, all still standing and looking as imposing as they have done for hundreds of years. For those who like their attractions more up to date, there are some great shopping facilities here, with all kinds of shops and markets to interest and tempt you, as well as some very modern buildings, theatres and galleries. Flights to Marseille are operated by many airlines, including Ryanair, British Airways and bmi.
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|Aigle Azur||Click to book||Air Algerie||Book||Air Austral||Link||Air Fiji||Link||Air France||Book online now...||Air Madagascar||Click to book||British Airways||Book online now...||Brussels Airlines||Link||CCM||Book online now...||Easyjet||Book now||El Al Israel Airlines||Book now||Komiinteravia||Click to book||Lufthansa||Book online now...||Pegasus Airlines||Book now||Royal Air Maroc||Book||Ryanair||Book online now...||Tunis Air||Link||Twin Jet||Link|
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