Marseille, is the second largest city in France after Paris and is situated to the South of France.
- The Calanques —- a rugged coastal area interspersed with small fjord-like inlets. It is a narrow, steep-walled inlet that is developed in limestone, dolomite, or other carbonate strata and found along the Mediterranean coast. A calanque is a steep-sided valley formed within karstic regions either by fluvial erosion or the collapse of the roof of a cave that has been subsequently partially submerged by a rise in sea level
- The city’s main thoroughfare (the wide boulevard called the Canebière) stretches eastward from the Old Port (Vieux Port) to the Réformés quarter.
- Notre-Dame de la Garde (literally Our Lady of the Guard) is a Catholic basilica in Marseille, France. This Neo-Byzantine church was built by the architect Henri-Jacques Espérandieu on the foundations of an ancient fort. The fort was located at the highest natural elevation in Marseille, a 149 m (489 ft) limestone outcropping on the south side of the Old Port of Marseille. It is an important local landmark and the site of a popular annual pilgrimage every year.
Weather – Unlike Paris, Marseille is warmer, being situated on the coast line. While the temperatures from December from February may not dip below 4degrees, July and August are the hottest months with temperatures ranging between 28-30 degrees. An ideal time for a tourist to visit the place will be April-June when the weather is pleasant yet not too cold or warm.
Culture – Marseille is a city that has its own unique culture and is proud of its differences from the rest of France. Today it is a regional centre for culture and entertainment with an important opera house, historical and maritime museums, five art galleries and numerous cinemas, clubs, bars and restaurants. Marseille has a large number of theatres, including la Criée, le Gymnase and the Théâtre Toursky. The Alcazar, until the 1960s a well known music-hall and variety theatre, has recently been completely remodelled behind its original façade and now houses the central municipal library. Marseille has also been important in the arts. It has been the birthplace and home of many French writers and poets.
How Many Days to Spend? – Two Nights will be ideal for one to explore the various points around the city. Evenings look beautiful around the port area, which is completely lit up.
Choice Between Marseille and Nice – While both cities are in the coastal areas, Nice is more commercialised whereas Marseille will give you a feel of modern plus ancient. Both cities have their own characteristics and if time permits, a visit to this city must be ticked off!