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?
Labo Life Store
(5 Place de la Corderie, tel. 04 91 59 16 06)
This trendsetting design store stocks an eclectic array of fabulous ceramics, decorative crafts and one-of-a-kind clothing items that mix modern and vintage styles so irresistible you'll want to check in another suitcase to take it all home.
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.
Festival de Marseille
(15 June to 9 July, www.festivaldemarseille.com)
This three-week creative fest showcases the very best of Marseille's cutting-edge culture with a jam-packed schedule of dance, music, theatre, film screenings and other contemporary arts taking place in various venues around town.
"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.
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.