Similar to Paris and other French cities, Marseille is divided into numbered districts known ‘arrondissements’. Many visitors flock to the Old Port area, which has some fantastic accommodation options and is one of the most beautiful parts of the city, with waterfront restaurants, beautiful architecture and a relaxed atmosphere. Further along the seafront to the north, the more modern district of Joliette is a beautiful place to stay, with great sea views and museums, galleries and more everywhere you turn. Further back from the seafront, in the 7th arrondissement, the area around the hill upon the Notre Dame Basilica stands offers some fantastic places to stay, with peaceful squares and cafes to relax in. Cours de Julien is a more lively area, removed from the throngs of tourists while still within walking distance of the top sights in the historic centre and Old Port.