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A mild climate with more than 300 days of sun, French flair and a unique mix of historical and modern cultural influences: all this and more awaits visitors to the port city of Marseilles (MRS) in the south of France. With 850,000 inhabitants, Marseilles is France's second-largest city, and its harbour continues to be a key link between the Mediterranean countries of Europe and North Africa. Marseilles (MRS) is a melting pot, a meeting point of European, African and Asian identities. The city's current renaissance as a world-class centre with a sophisticated cultural life and lively recreational offerings is largely due to the efforts of recent years: new museums and the transformation of former dockside warehouses into cultural venues are just two examples of how Marseilles (MRS) lives up to its title of "European Capital of Culture, 2013".
Thanks to its central location in the Mediterranean region and its bay, which is sheltered by a rocky coastline, Marseilles (MRS) emerged as a major European trading centre at an early stage in its history. Greek sea traders first settled the trading centre "Massalia" in the 6th century BC. Marseilles (MRS) is therefore considered France's oldest city. But the Greek settlers were not the only ones to leave their mark; Roman, Gothic and Frankish potentates also shaped the city. Numerous burial sites and historic monuments, particularly the ancient harbour, offer visitors a look back into the city's exciting past. A popular destination for visitors young and old is the Musée d'Histoire. The lavishly renovated museum explores the transformation of the city with multimedia exhibits.
The once bleak Le Panier district, the heart of the city's historic centre, has been drawing both natives and tourists since a major renovation. Countless restaurants line the streets alongside shops, galleries and cafés, and one dish is never missing from their menus: bouillabaisse, a hearty fish soup that originated in Marseilles (MRS). After recharging, the journey continues to the city's many attractions. The basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, the historic harbour fortresses or the recently renovated Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MUCEM) await your exploration. Book your flights for Marseilles (MRS) today and take a holiday in this sunny cultural capital!