Founded by the ancient Greeks in 600 BC, Marseille is not only France’s oldest city, but it is also arguably its loveliest. It boasts 300 days of sunshine every year. Easily accessible by air thanks to its conveniently located airport, TGV link and road, Provence’s largest city is worth exploring on your own or as part of an organized tour.
Chateau d’If: The 16th-century fortress where Dumas’s protagonist, the Count of Monte Cristo, was wrongfully imprisoned.
The Vieux Port: From the morning fish market to nearby Le Panier—otherwise known as “Marseille’s Montmartre”—and including the brand-new MuCEM museum, the city’s harbour is beaming.
Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde: Built on Marseille’s highest point, the lavish, domed 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica offers a 360° view of the terracotta-topped roofs below.
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