The second largest city in France and located on the sunny Mediterranean coast, compare holidays to Marseille and experience a slice of multicultural France. With its tremendous maritime roots, over 1500 years of history and contemporary edginess, holidays to Marseille from Stansted are vibrant and varied.
Begin your trip to Marseille at the Vieux Port, the city’s cultural heart where the new glamour of pleasure yachts intermingles with the nautical history of this once bustling port. Now lined with an incredible selection of bars, restaurants and shops, this area was once the main commercial docks that was guarded by the still standing 13th century Fort St. Nicolas and Fort St. Jean. The latter now houses the Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM) which is well worth a visit if you’re a history buff.
Head up the hill towards the historical Le Panier district that houses quaint shops and cafes hidden down cobblestone streets. It is near here where the famous Notre-Dame de la Garde stands over the ports and provides spectacular views over the harbour. There are plenty of stunning buildings to marvel at including the Villa Méditerranée near MuCEM and the Cathédrale de la Major with its unique striped exterior.
Less known for its trading and more as a glamorous holiday destination, Marseille is packed with stunning boutique hotels, leisure yachts and a sophisticated nightlife scene that you are bound to spot a celebrity or two enjoying. For a spot of stylish sunbathing, take a day trip down the coast to the stunning Calangue de Morgiou that’s worth the journey by foot and bus to reach it.
Back in Marseille itself, there are plenty of activities to enjoy without the need of sunny weather. Rue Paradis and Rue Grignan in the city centre house a collection of independent and well-known boutiques while the Centre Bourse shopping centre is a haven for shopping fanatics. Holidays to Marseille from Stansted are the ideal mix of wonderful Mediterranean weather, great city attractions, stunning architecture and incredibly picturesque coastlines.