Located on the southeastern coast of France on the Mediterranean, Marseilles is the oldest city in the country and second largest after Paris. Thanks to its long and unique past – Greek sailors originally settled the city back in 600 B.C. – this bustling port is filled with history and amazing architecture. It's also one of the most picturesque ports in the country, with fantastic views and scenic backdrops.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
For the best view of the city, there's only one place to go: Notre Dame de la Garde. Entirely covered in gold leaf, it towers over Marseille at an impressive 154 metres (500 feet) tall. Throughout the years, it has served as a lookout post, a military zone and a place of worship.
|Stroll around the Old Port, or Vieux Port as the locals say, which was once known as the gateway to the Mediterranean. Here you'll find the popular theatre, Théâtre National de la Criée, as well as many cafés and restaurants lining the streets.|
|See the amazing history of the city – 26 centuries worth – at Musée d'Histoire de Marseille.|
|Walk through Cours Julien, a pedestrian square with a beautiful water garden and fountain, as well as trendy shops, cafés and theatres.|
|Visit Le Prado south of the city where you'll find Parc Borély, a magnificent city park with numerous ponds, a botanical garden and a greenhouse.|
The best shopping can be found off the city's main thoroughfare and most famous street, La Canabière, east of the Old Port. Look for Rue St. Férrol, between Rue de Rome and Rue Breteuil, for everything from designer clothes to books and CDs.
If there's one local speciality, it's bouillabaisse, or fish soup. The recipe is open to a bit of interpretation, with many chefs using the freshest catch of the day in addition to plenty of garlic, saffron, onions, tomatoes and other spices.
France's official currency is the euro (EUR). Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.
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