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Marseille Sightseeing

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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.

Key Areas


Les Apéros du Bateau 4 June to 27 August At dusk each Sunday, fun-loving seafarers can board a pleasure cruiser to watch the sunset while adrift in Marseille's azure waters. Along with its on-board chef and cocktail bar, the boat ride lures with a line-up of cracking live acts and DJs that set the tempo for sundeck grooves. Tickets €21.80, www.digitick.com


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.

Day Trips


Just 20km east of Marseille lies the plane-tree shaded town of Aubagne, best known as the birthplace of the great Provençal storyteller Marcel Pagnol. Visit during its festive market from mid-November when ceramicists and artisans sell their traditional santon nativity figurines that make original take-home gift.

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