Marseille is one of the most exciting cities in France. It is also one of the most ethnically diverse thanks to centuries of immigration. In 2013, Marseille was voted European Capital of Culture and a huge amount of cash was spent on regenerating this lively port city on the sun-soaked Cote d'Azur. So what can you expect to find if you end up in Marseille for business or pleasure?
Art and Culture in France's Largest Port City
Marseille has a long association with art. Paul Cezanne was born in the city and took much of his inspiration from the places he lived in. You can even visit his studio. If you take a walk out on to Mont St Victoire, you might recognise some of the scenery for this area proved to be very inspirational for Picasso as well as Cezanne.
For a spot of culture, visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts. It is one of the oldest museums in the city and is located instead the Palais de Longchamp, along with the Museum of Natural History. There are also plenty of music concerts art exhibitions taking place throughout the year. The new Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations is also well worth a visit.
And don't forget to visit the Vieux Port, where the fishing boats unload their catches every morning. It's a spectacle you should make a point of watching at least once during your stay.
Provence, a word that conjures lazy, warm summer days in one of the most famous parts of France. With traditional French countryside, dotted with villages and vineyards and a beautiful coastline with busy and tranquil beaches dipping straight into the Mediterranean sea, it really is a dream destination. With the bustling city of Marseille being served by cheap flights, it couldnt be an easier place to get to!More about Marseille Provence Airport
Check out Cheap Car Hire in Marseille
Thrifty is one of the most economical car hire companies in Europe. When you book car hire in Marseille or any other city, you don't have to pay for any services you do not specifically require. Thrifty has a great reputation and millions of happy customers return to Thrifty for their car hire needs every year.
Thrifty vehicles are available for collection from all major transport terminals, including airports and railway stations. Thrifty often have some great deals for their customers, so make sure you check the latest 'hot deals' when you request a quote for car hire in Marseille.
Explore the Cote d'Azur by Car
Thrifty Marseille visitors know that hiring a car is the best way to make the most of time spent in Marseille. Take a drive along some of the scenic coastal routes and make sure you visit Chateau d'If and The Calanques, a beautiful area of natural limestone cliffs to the south of the city.
Marseille is generally very safe, but there are some parts of the city that are best avoided, so use your common sense and stick to the main tourist areas.
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