Cheap Marseille City Breaks
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Perched on the sun-kissed Cote D'Azur, Marseille is a year-round holiday haven, with glorious summers and mild winters offering visitors a taste of this thriving port city whatever the weather. As France's second largest city and its prime location on the southern coast, this cultural melting pot has earned itself the unofficial title as the Med's capital.
Marseille CathedralAlthough the Notre Dame stands tall above the city, it's actually the striking Sainte Marie Majeure that is the cathedral of Marseille. Sitting next to the former commercial port, it was erected in 1852 and has since become an iconic emblem of the city.
Château d'IfTake a 15-minute boat ride from the Vieux Port for captivating views over the city. The fortress itself is linked to novelist Alexandre Dumas' 19th century tale, The Count of Monte Cristo, and was once one of the most notorious prisons in France.
La Vieille CharitéThis former almshouse now acts as one of Marseille's main cultural centres in the heart of the old Panier quarter. It is home to the Museum of African, Pacific Islander and American Indian Art, the Archeological Museum and a pretty oval-shaped chapel.
Palais LongchampDespite the name, Longchamp Palace is actually a momument, albeit an exquisite one, surrounded by pristine gardens, lakes and waterfalls, and is named as one of France's most remarkable gardens. Today it houses the Museum of Fine Arts.
The CalanquesAn absolutely essential highlight of any trip to the south of France. Extending for miles along the Marseille to Cassis coast, these limestone coves are postcard perfect with emerald bays and are reminiscent of the spectacular fjords of Norway.
L'Hotel de VilleErected in the 17th century, this town hall acts as a fantastic example of civil architecture from that era. Set on the banks of the Old Port, this striking building houses administrative office and its stately presence is an icon of power throughout the ages.