France’s second city is a bustling seaside metropolis composed of bustling dockside marketplaces, sunny relaxing squares and the magnificent architecture befitting France’s most important historic trading port. Marseille is the capital of the Côte d'Azur region, an area known for its extravagant luxury and home to some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches: Perfect for a city that boasts 300 days of sunshine a year.
Marseille remains France’s largest port city, with more than 100 million tonnes of cargo passing through each year. The city was named a European Capital of Culture for the year 2013.
- Founded in the year 600 BC, Marseille is the oldest city in France.
- The largest suburban park, Calanques, is located in Marseille, taking up 20km of the Mediterranean coastline.