Marseille is the second largest city in France as well as being the oldest city in the country. It was founded around 600 BC by Greek sailors from Phocaea and has grown into the most important port city in France.
The city has many highlights including the sea, the sun, nature, food and culture. In addition the city is highly accessibility via highway, airport, the Marseille Provence TGV train station and seaports.
Being that Marseille is one of France's largest cities most of the vacation rentals in the city are in apartment buildings. One of the advantages of staying in Marseille is that unlike many part of the South of France, the city is completely accessible without a car. There is a modern metro and bus system which can transport you throughout the city.
From the Vieux-Port (Old Port) to the sea coast to the famous Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, Marseille is a unique area. On top of the attractions within the city, amazing green spaces and nature surround the city, offering a place to escape the city with ease.
The traces of Marseille's history permeate the city's architecture, culture and people. Every summer Marseille organizes a summer festival of music, dance and theater. The dish Bouillabaisse has a home in Marseille, where some of the best versions of the meal are produced. As a whole, Marseilles is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in France.
The remains of Marseille's prominent past are present across the city. Statues, buildings, sculptures and more, recount the past making a walk around the city a living history tour. Furthermore, Marseille has been elected as the European Capital of Culture for 2013.
Some of the top monuments and places to discover include: The Vieux Port, Notre Dame de la Garde, the Palais du Pharo, Palais Longchamp, Fort St. John Basilica Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure, La Vieille Charité, Le Château d'If, Saint Victor Abbey, The Church Accoules, La Maison Diamantée, le Panier, Vallon des Auffes, les Goudes, le Parc Borely and more.
When choosing a vacation rental in Marseille you will only need to deliberate how you want to spend your time; do you want to be near the water or the historic sites? There are vacation rentals to meet everyone needs and you can then find your own favorite spots in Marseille.
Neighborhoods > South of France
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