Marseille is France’s second largest city and it lies on the shores of the Mediterranean coast. Marseille was founded by the Greeks about 2,600 years ago. These days, a Marseille vacation will bring you to a lively, picturesque, improvement-focused industrial port city. The city’s island-embellished bay, and its stunning Canques or rocky inlets and lagoons are known the world over.
Marseille’s image has been transforming drastically. Old stereotypes of the city have been shed and now Marseille finds itself to be a highly fashionable destination, especially in terms of cinema, music, fashion, cruises, athletics and theater. Sensationally, Marseille has had great success in preserving its rich history, while at the same time, presenting a fresh face to the world. Marseille is quickly becoming a definitive tourist venue of the Mediterranean.
Marseille sights include the fabulous Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, a gigantic Roman and Byzantine influenced basilica slightly south of the old port. This landmark provides stunning views over the entire city. In addition the Centre de la Vielle Charite is a splendid museum to visit as is the Musee d, Histoire de Marseille. A wonderful experience during a Marseille vacation is to take a ferry to the Chateau d’ If, a couple miles west of the old port. This incredible 16th century chateau was featured in the classic fiction work of Alexandre Dumas, the Count of Monte Cristo.