Cheap flights to Marseille
Marseille is not only France’s oldest city but also its most colourful. And we’re not just talking about all those terracotta roof tiles. So what are we talking about exactly? Well, one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities for one, with its mix of French, North African and Spanish cultures. Where busy bazaar-style markets, 17th century cathedrals and an old bustling harbour battle it out for your attention.
And because of its position along the Mediterranean coast, you can expect plenty of fabulous beaches and even the stunningly beautiful calanques, also known as the Mediterranean fjords. Think crystal clear waters, secluded little bays, sheer cliff faces and you’re on the right track. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?
See the lakes and landscapes that inspired the artists of Provence from the comfortable saddle of a brilliant electric bike on a tour of Mount Sainte Victoire and Lake Zola. aixenvelo.com
Visit Le Panier district with its quaint ateliers and cafes, then drop down to the new shopping area Les Terraces du Port with more than 190 shops and restaurants to visit between the port and the sea. Marseille's shopping sensation (9 Quai du Lazaret, lesterrassesduport.com).
Fancy an evening at the opera? Choose from the Legend of the White Snake in October, Moïse et Pharaon in November or Gaetano Donizetti's The Elixir of Love in December. View the full programme and reserve online. opera.marseille.fr/en
Humanofolie is an exhibition of ceramic works hidden beneath iron masks, third-millenium man and his environment. After Zoofolie and Mécanofolie, sculptor Jean Fontain returns with hybrid beings, questioning boundaries between living things and threats to biodiversity. Until 30 August (Natural History Museum, Palais Longchamp).
The thought-provoking "Cool: As a state of mind" exhibition at MaMo Centre d'Art explores the question "what is cool?" (280 Boulevard Michelet, mamo.fr).
The Museum of Contemporary Art's (MAC) exhibition Time Capsules of Andy Warhol showcases photos, magazines and objects from the artist's daily life between 1974 and 1987. Until 12 April (69 Avenue de Haïfa, marseille.fr).
A Marseille City Pass (24hrs, 48hrs or 72hrs) gives free access to buses and the subway, free guided tours, discounts at shops and restaurants and allows you to design your own tour of Marseille's museums, including Le Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Natural History Museum, the botanical gardens and many more. marseille-tourisme.com
Too see Marseille from the sea, take a boat to the Island of Frioul and enjoy the view of the city and its architecture from the water. Stop for lunch on the island and visit the famous landmark Chateau d'If on the return journey. ilesdemarseille.fr