Marseilles holiday packages are your gateway to the seafaring life. One of France’s largest port cities, this is a destination where you can find fresh fish, homemade soap and high fashion, all within steps of the Mediterranean. Marseilles' coastal location gives it a vibe distinct from other famous French cities: The jagged coves of the coastline are this city's Eiffel Tower, and Vieux Port is its Champs-Elysees. Book your trip to Marseilles today to escape the norm and experience authentic joie de vivre.
To get in the Mediterranean mood, head to MuCEM, or the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations—in the Panier district. It's a marvellous example of modern architecture filled with ancient statues, historical jewellery, and religious artwork. For much older architecture, head to the 11th century Abbey of St. Victor and creep through the underground crypt where the bones of saints are buried. Then head up to the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, the highest point in Marseilles, which offers grand views of the city. The 800-year-old structure is at the top of a 100m limestone summit, but you don’t have to be in “peak” fitness to get there—you can hop on a bus.
A stop at the Old Port, or Vieux Port, is also a must for your Marseilles holiday itinerary. A natural harbour that has been the backbone of the city for thousands of years, it offers an array of cafes, pubs and museums. From the Old Port, you can walk up to La Canebière, the city's lauded high street. If you’d like to take your Marseilles holidays outside the city to the glamourous French Riviera, head to Nice. Grabbing a great Nice car hire deal from Wotif is your best option, and it’s about a 200 km drive from Marseilles to Nice along the A8.
Marseilles's best shopping is off La Canebière, on Rue de Rome and Rue Paradis. Rue de la Tour features local designers, while Rue Edmond Rostand is good for antiques. Keep an eye out for Marseilles soap (savon de Marseilles), which is traditionally made out of olive oil and water from the Mediterranean and is the best in the region, “bar” none!
For dining, check out the Old Port for a selection of pubs. Modern fine dining is clustered in the Palais de Justice district and the Notre Dame du Mont neighbourhood. For casual dining, visit the city's daily food markets on Rue Longues-des-Capucins.
Night-time bars are clustered by the water in the Old Port, the heart of the city's nightlife. Here you can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and contemplate rising early to sample the fresh fish as the boat captains come ashore.
Your next European escape doesn't have to find you stuck in a hotel or touring the same city streets. Marseilles packages can even be paired with a holiday in Nice, where you can experience the grand splendour of Cote d'Azur. Book Marseilles holiday deals through Wotif and you'll get great value and a variety of options to suit your schedule. So start planning your getaway to this historic port city.
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