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
A wonderful exhibition, 'Picasso and the Arts of Marseille', runs from 27 April to 29 August at MuCEM. For more information visit mucem.org.
Head to a cultural event or concert at The Silo, a spectacular venue near The Docks. If you're in town, don't miss the ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet in March 2016. For more information visit silo-marseille.fr.
To Be Female in Ancient Greece is a terrific exhibition, featuring a rich collection of objects and icons that evoke the domestic life of women from this era. Archeology Museum, La Charité, from 17 October. Tickets cost €5. For more information visit musee-archeologie-mediterraneenne.marseille.fr.
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).
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/).
Go to Les Docks Village: 365 metres of fashion, food, culture, design and leisure. Open every day until 7pm (restaurants until 1am), it's where the everyone in Marseille goes to be seen. Head to 10 place de la Joliette, opposite Les Terraces du Port.
Take a nature walk and explore the hidden treasures of local flora and fauna while enjoying stunning views of the sea, the Calanques, vineyards of Mont Sainte Victoire, and more. For more information visit ecobalade.fr.