Marseille is a special place

The sun, the sea, the history, the people - Marseille is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in Europe.

Ancient port, holiday hot spot, dynamic business centre and cultural melting pot, Marseille is all of these things and more.

Stunningly located in the south of France where the mountains of Provence meet the Mediterranean sea, the city has a light and colour all of its own. What makes Marseille special is its people. Fiercely independent, multi-cultural, loud, friendly and passionate, they give the city a vitality and magnetism.

Marseilles is the oldest city in France, founded in 600 BC by Greeks from Phocaea. However, it is not living in the past. The city is undergoing a massive regeneration programme and will be the European City of Culture 2013. The docks are being revitalised, a new tram system has been introduced and the city is gaining an international reputation for cutting-edge art, music and culture.

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European Capital of Culture 2013

Marseille Provence is the European Capital of Culture 2013. Millions of euros have been spent on turning this sunny, exuberant Mediterranean city into an exciting and happening place to visit.

The Vieux Port, the beautiful centrepiece of the city, has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly place to enjoy an aperitif or dine on freshly caught fish while taking in one of the most spectacular settings of any European city.

Explore the city by bicycle from outside your apartment - Marseille’s ‘le velo’ scheme operates from Place aux Huiles

Ambitious new museums have been built along the docks and more than 400 events and 60 exhibitions are under way throughout the city, not to mention the first “alternative” Capital of Culture, a completely separate programme of more eclectic events.

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