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Activities in Marseille

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The coastal city on the Mediterranean was already a longing destination for travellers from near and far, when it wore the name Massilia under Roman rule. Why the oldest city in France has this reputation, will become evident at the sight of the picturesque port "Le Vieux-Port", the centuries-old Fort Saint-Jean, the neighbouring church of St. Laurent and the many small fishing boats, which still embody a late medieval trading metropolis charm. Starting from the harbour quay, where the scent of freshly prepared seafood specialties wafts around your nose, the picturesque alleyway, with its many typical French cafés shaded by striped awnings, invites you to a croissant and a café au lait. With its hip urban culture, which blends seamlessly into the Mediterranean flair, Marseille has been developing its very own character for a few years. A very obvious trait, however, is the sheer wealth of the city’s cultural attractions. After all, this extends from a number of art galleries including the Museum of Civilization of Europe and the Mediterranean, to the monumental Notre-Dame de la Garde Cathedral. Situated on a limestone cliff high above the old town, the building offers visitors a breath-taking view of the almost untouched Frioul Islands, as well as the rugged cliffs in the Parque Natural Calanques, just a stone's throw from the centre. It doesn’t get more southern French than this!