If you want to get acquainted with the places of interest in Marseille, you should start from the Old Port, from where tourist boats travel to the islands of Frioul. Young people will find it interesting to walk on the Place Jean Jaurès which is a cultural place with lots of bookshops, informal fashion boutiques, nightclubs and small cozy cafes. Cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Garde is an important tourist attraction and a key symbol of Marseille. Its construction began in 1853, and over the centuries the sailors came here to ask for a successful voyage, so you can sometimes hear this place to be called the «protector church» of sailors and fishermen. Romano-Byzantine basilica hosts a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary, a bronze bell, and paintings on the marine theme. Very near you can visit the Abbey of St.Victor dated XII century. Where there are the catacombs for tourist to explore.
From the Old Port you can reach the famous Chateau d'If, which in 1634 was a state prison. Cathedral de la Major, built in 1893, has an unususal exterior and elegant interior decoration. The sight is attracted by the beautiful Palace Longchamp, built in 1863 for the purpose of decorating the water tower; it is accompanied by 2 museums - the Fine Arts Museum and the Natural History Museum. The interesting place is the Park Museum Archeological Gardens, which is a combination of archaeological sites of the Greek settlement and of the ancient city. Other noteworthy sites are: park Pierre Pouget, Cathedral of Sainte-Marie-Majer, Park Chanot and The Pharo Gardens. Calanques National Park, that is sweeping white rocks, clear blue sea, deep valleys and tall southern pines. The visitors hold their breath at landscapes in the Calanques with unrivaled canyons, underground rivers, it is not surprising that this place is listed as a natural monument by UNESCO. One of the interesting attractions is la Cité radieuse, or «Shining City» - a 17-storey residential building, built by the French architect Le Corbusier.
Marseille has the Mediterranean climate, with hot summers (July, August - + 25, 30) and wet mild winter (January, February - - 8, 9). On the coast, near the town center one can find the beaches, which are ,however, not as luxurious as the beaches of the Côte d'Azur, but there you can enjoy the beauty of the sea palette. One can soak up the sun and listen to the pure sound of the tide on the Prado beach, surrounded by a green lawn, or on the Corbieres beach with wonderful fine sand. Marseille coastline is carved with Calanques (sometimes called French fjords) - quiet rocky coves, with prominent ridges in the sea, that are so perfect for sports (diving, swimming, rock climbing). In the summer the citizens of Marseille like to arrange traditional water competition in which the participants on the boats struggle for the title of the «best fighter».
Marseille is a city with rich history, exquisitely decorated with well-preserved museums. We recommend to visit the Marseille History Museum, which presents ancient objects; Musée Grobet-Labadié with a collection of antique furniture, musical instruments; Maritime Museum with a large collection of things for swimming; Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée in the Château Borély - the estate of the Classical period; Museum of the Decorative Arts, Fashion and Ceramics situated in the castle, where there are almost one and a half thousand of ceramic, porcelain, glass items, with exquisite fine work, a variety of patterns and enigmatic ornaments.
Tourists highly prize Marseille markets and fairs, which are held annually, where they sell flowers, fish products, Provence herbs, cheese, etc ..
In 2013, Marcel was declared the cultural capital of France. This is not surprising, since the combination of luxurious Mediterranean villas with ordinary hotels in the city center, the narrow quiet streets with beautiful facades of the buildings of the last century give Marseilles an aura of refinement and strong personality.