Marseilles is a great city but you just need to know where to go and who to go with - Many visitors tend to have a fairly negative perception (from what I have heard at least) - and there is no denying to say that the place is fairly aggressive - but Marseilles has a fascinating history that makes it one of the oldest European cities, and a very diverse population to make it a true melting pot. Marseilles isnt particularly well known for its nightlife given its hasnt much to offer on that side, which is frustrating, but do take the time to hang around Le Vieux Port or by the beach near "Pointe Rouge" - dont miss the famous "Calanques" and all the nearby villages / small town such as Cassis, Bandole, La Ciotat and many more!
Hi everyone, I am coming to Marseille with my 14 year old daughter in May....any suggestions? Are there things we should not miss in Marseille? We both like art and I am fond of good food :) also, in May? warm enough to swim? good beaches?
I lived in the South of France from 1963 to 1978, not far from Marseilles & my family used to go there once in a while for a shopping trip or to visit friends. It used to be a very noisy & rather dirty city compared to the small Provençal towns that I lived in back then, but in recent trips back, I have noticed a great improvement to the city! I always love the "joie de vivre" of les marseillais... La Cite Phoceenne has also many historic sites thanks to a long history going back beyond roman times. If you are there don't forget to visit Le Chateau d'If, the prison island where the Conte de Monte Criste was presumable incarcerated, a short boat ride from the Port and don't worry if you are having a hard time understanding the locals... they do speak with a very heavy local accent which is still with me after 30 years away...peuchere!!!!