Marseille, France: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Marseille is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Greek traders founded it 2,600 years ago. Historically important trade center in the region, it became a melting pot of different cultures. Nowadays, with around one million inhabitants, Marseille is the largest city in Southern France and second in the whole country after Paris.

It has a very nice location that is easily accessible. This city is France's largest port on the Mediterranean coast and the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Marseille is very well connected to other places in the country through numerous highways. By car, it takes around 8 hours to get there from Paris, 2 hours from Nice. The city also has an international airport, a big harbor, train stations and direct bus connections to other French and European cities.
It has mild climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year. Nestled between sea and hills, Marseille is the place where style and history meet.
This ancient yet boisterous port city has many attractions. Among them are natural wonders of Calanques, basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, numerous museums and historical sites, the Castle of If, colorful markets and shopping areas (including the French-African quarter) and of course the lure of Provencal cuisine.
This oldest France's city with ancient multicultural heritage is living an intense modern cultural life.

Getting around Marseille: subway, buses and trams

Marseille is served by a relatively good public transport system of two underground railway lines, 2 tram lines and 74 bus lines.