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?
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
See Marseille by tuk tuk, with popular routes including the old quarter, the corniche and the beaches, the cathedral, with its stunning views of the Mediterranean, or even a night tour. From €45. tuktukmarseille.com
Learn the Secrets of Mediterranean Cuisine with Michelin star chef Gérald Passédat at the newly opened school at Le Môle Passédat in the MuCEM, Fort St Jean quarter. Courses for amateurs from €65 See website.
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
L'Opéra Noir in Place Lulli near la Canebiere is a sonorous, architectural sculpture that has intrigued locals and will remain in situ until December. Just in front of the real opera house.
Take a day trip to one of the most beautiful villages of Provence, Les Baux de Provence, and visit Carrières de Lumières, a spectacular exhibition of modern art projected onto the walls of an old stone quarry. Klimt and Vienna: a Century of Gold and Colours is showing until 4 January 2015. carrieres-lumieres.com/en/home