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Marseille is the largest city in the south of France, and combines the cultural delights of a major metropolitan area with the natural beauty you’d expect from this region. In the city you’ll find historic buildings, theaters, and art galleries, with cobbled streets full of chic cafés. However, just a short stroll away are the golden sandy beaches, with clear waters and limestone rocks rising from the ocean, offering a dramatic, picture perfect landscape.

Although Marseille is often a destination for a city break, areas such as Prado Beach are great for relaxing, with long, golden sands. The beaches are surrounded by the dramatic Calanques, a series of huge limestone rocks with deep valleys that are popular with hikers. Along the trails you’ll find a series of rivers with bright turquoise waters leading out to sea, where lizards, snakes, and other wildlife make their homes along the bank. Cassis Beach is quiet and calm, with white sands and clear waters, and after relaxing in the sun you can take a stroll to the Cassis Harbor where charming French restaurants are lined across the waterfront, and you can enjoy a glass of locally produced wine while watching the small boats dock. From here there’s a small tourist train that takes you on a tour of the area, or you can take one of the many boat trips that depart from the harbor. The MuCEM Museum of Civilizations in Europe and the Mediterranean is also perched on the coastline, and in here you’ll find exhibitions dedicated to the different cultures of the Mediterranean and the diversity that exists in a relatively small area.

Hotels in Marseille

In the city center you’ll find plenty of luxury hotels in Marseille, many of them also a short stroll from the beach. Many hotels have plenty of extra features to help you enjoy your vacation such as outdoor pools, fitness centers, complimentary WiFi, business centers, meeting rooms, restaurants, bars, and cafés. Guestrooms will often have either city or sea views, and you’ll find extra amenities which can include air-conditioning, minibars, LCD televisions, coffee makers, desks, and phones.

Where to stay

Vieux Port is the old port of Marseille, and has now become a stylish, pedestrianized area full of historic government buildings, museums, and a lighthouse. At night, the port is gorgeously illuminated by hundreds of lights, and the local restaurants that overlook the water are full of customers giving them a buzzing atmosphere. The area around the Velodrome Stadium is popular with tourists who are visiting to see the major soccer and rugby games that the venue hosts. You’ll find plenty of large chain hotels, bars, and modern shopping walls within a short distance. Castellane is a historic district centered on the iconic Place Castellane, a roundabout with an impressive fountain, surrounded by flowers and palm trees. The area is full of charming cobbled streets, pavement cafés, and upmarket boutiques, and is easily reached with its own metro stop.

How to get to Marseille

Marseille - Provence Airport (MRS) is about 20 minutes away from the center of Marseille, with plenty of taxis and rental cars available from the main terminal. There’s also a regular train that runs to and from Marseille St-Charles Station, with the journey taking just 18 minutes and avoiding traffic in peak time. Traveling to St Charles also has the advantage of putting you at the heart of the major metro lines, making it easy to transfer to your hotel. From the airport you can also take the train directly to Cassis Station and enjoy the coastal areas, with the journey taking just over an hour.

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