Marseille
Marseille

Founded by the Greeks circa 600 B.C, Marseille has maintained its status as a major port ever since. It prospered as a Roman city, then from the 16th to 20th centuries it was the French colonial empire’s most important port, linking the North African colonies such as Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia with mainland France. Today it’s still a major mar...

Founded by the Greeks circa 600 B.C, Marseille has maintained its status as a major port ever since. It prospered as a Roman city, then from the 16th to 20th centuries it was the French colonial empire’s most important port, linking the North African colonies such as Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia with mainland France. Today it’s still a major maritime hub but the old port has thankfully stayed much the same with fisherman arriving throughout the day, with their catch which they sell along the quay. Add the fresh fish to the abundance of local fruit and veg and the fact that Marseille has the most hours of sun in France and you can begin to get a feel for the city.

The downside is that parts of the city are very poor and somewhat dangerous, but its rich past means that there is a feast of historical buildings from almost every period, stretching from the Basilica of the Romanesque-Byzantine church, Notre-Dame de la Garde, to Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse.

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