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?
Stretch the legs with a visit to the calanques, a series of limestone cliffs overlooking the ocean. Your best bet is to start at the pretty seaside town of Cassis and follow the signs, though it can be difficult to escape the lure of the almond croissants in the numerous bakery windows.
Cruise 7km from Vieux Port and visit the archipelago of Frioul, where you'll find the Chateau d'If, the prison mentioned in Alexandra Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo. After that, make your way to Frioul Island, a natural park and ideal lunch spot.
"Marilyn, I wanna be loved by you" is an exhibition of photographs featuring the Hollywood icon from the best photographers of the time. It's on at the refurbished Caumont Centre of Art, Aix en Provence from 22 October, 2016 to 1 May, 2017.
A wonderful exhibition, 'Picasso and the Arts of Marseille', runs from 27 April to 29 August at MuCEM. For more information visit mucem.org.
All glass and light, Les Terrasses du Port (9 quai Lazaret, (0) 4889146 00 lesterrassesduport.com) is modern architecture distilled. Not that the visitors care, they're too busy hurling their cash at the 160 shops huddled within.
Escape the city and visit the medieval hilltop village of Le Castellet, where you can walk down ancient streets, find locally made souvenirs, enjoy the spectacular view and eat at the gastronomic restaurant La Goguette (https://www.facebook.com/ la.goguette .lecastellet/).