The most populated of Provence’s cities (and the second-most populous in France), the city of Marseille is known for its beautiful port and lively atmosphere. Now a cosmopolitan hotspot filled with galleries, theatres and museums, Marseille has a long and illustrious history, and is home to France’s oldest and largest harbour.
Founded by the Greeks in 600BC, and later coming under Roman rule, Marseille was once an important port trading city. But more than that, Marseille has always been an epicentre for culture and learning – most notably during the Renaissance era.
Those travelling to Marseille will want to pay a visit to Vieux Port, the Old Port of the city
. This is where you’ll feel the true atmosphere of the city, take a walk to the fish market, or watch the nearby boats. You’ll find a plethora of cafés, restaurants, bars, and shops around the port, meaning you’re never short of things to do in the hub of Marseille.