Marseille is the second largest city in France and located in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. It is the main port city where oriental goods have been imported into the western world for thousands of years, which makes the city filled with a mix of exotic atmospheres. You can find artist performances, street art, exhibitions, drama, literary competitions, Mediterranean cooking and many more thing here, which made Marseille the European Cultural Capital in 2013.
Chateau D’IF is located on a 3-hectare limestone island at 3.5 miles from the old harbour of Marseille. It was originally proposed by the French King Francis I to strengthen the Marseille defence and it was completed in 1531 and was soon used as a prison after completion. The most famous “prisoner” here is the protagonist of the book “The Count of Monte Cristo”. More information can be found here.
THE OLD PORT
In here, you can take a glance at the most original Marseille. The lively fish market and small fishing boats at the pier can be viewed every morning. On the ground of the harbour, inlaying with a commemorative card, it records the location and time of the Greeks who came from Frisian (Phocée, now Turkey) to Marseille. More information can be found here.
NOTRE-DAME DE LA GARDE
The Notre dame de la Garde is the iconic figure of Marseille to watch the entire city and the Mediterranean islands, with a viewing platform on the top of the hill. In the middle of the nineteenth century, when the church was expanded, the architect, Henry Esperandieu, designed the church in a Roman Byzantine style; embellished with dome, coloured stone, gold ornaments, and stunning mosaics. More information can be found here.
ORANGE VELODROME/STADE VELODROME
Orange Vélodrome is the home court of the famous team in Marseille. The stadium is also one of the venues of the 1998 World Cup in France. It is France’s largest club stadium with a capacity of up to 67,000 people. In addition, it’s the first stadium which was used at the finals of three different European Championships in 2016. More information can be found here.
LE PALAIS LONGCHAMP
The Palais Longchamp was created to celebrate the construction of the Canal de Marseille, which was built to bring water from the Durance River to Marseille. The Palais Longchamp is in fact a water tower and has a fusion of Baroque, Roman and Eastern style in one. To commemorate the construction of the Canal de Marseille, Marseille’s decision-makers decided to build this palace above the reservoir and completed it in 1869. More information can be found here.
PARC NATIONAL DES CLANQUES
Parc national des Calanques is the ecosystem of forests and oceans with nearly 20 km of natural rock fjords from the outskirts of Marseille to a small town of La Ciotat. It attracts countless outdoor enthusiasts for hiking, rock climbing, diving, canoeing and other outdoor sports. More information can be found here.