Marseille, the France's second largest city,
surrounded by a ring of hills, the city winds 57 kms along the Mediterranean coast, including the unique natural site of the Calanques massif, a paradise for hikers, swimmers and climbers. Sunshine is one of the strong assets of its pleasant lifestyle, and the Mistral wind gives it that special light that has inspired many renowned painters such as Cézanne, Braque, Dufy, Derain, Marquet and others...
Marseille with 26 centuries of history,
remains deeply marked by its past and displays many uncovered archaeological sites such as the ancient port.
A large variety of monuments are testimonies of this long history such as Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Saint-Jean and Saint-Nicolas forts in the Old Port, the Panier district - and there are also some unusual aspects to discover.
Marseille European Capital of Culture in 2013
400 events, 60 exhibitions, absolutely exceptional displays: Marseille will open its doors to the world.
It is a cultural melting pot now widely renowned by its appointment as European Capital of Culture in 2013. In this context, twenty museums covering all historical periods, from ancient to contemporary art, archaeology to Fine Arts, from tiles to motorbikes, compete in originality.
Marseille and Events
The city now has powerful and functional structures to accommodate some 350 events per year in places as diverse as the Palais du Pharo, the Palais des Congrés in the Chanot Park and the World Trade Center
Marseille and culinary specialities
Some specialties require no moderation: the renowned bouillabaisse
, the pieds et paquets
, the famous soupe au pistou.
Marseille and Sport
The European Football Championship 2016 :
France will host the Euro 2016, in Marseille, at the completely renovated Vélodrome stadium.
Marseille has already demonstrated its ability to host such events during the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the Rugby World Cup in 2007.
||Banks are usually open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
||Credit cards are accepted in a large number of shops,
hotels and restaurants.
||French (many young people speak english)
||The international code is 00 + country code
The international access code
for france is +33
(6 hours ahead from New York, 10 hours behind Sydney