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At the gates of the Côte d’Azur

marseille - calanques


The port of entry to Provence, Marseille’s heart beats to the multicultural rhythm of the Mediterranean. Embark on a journey through the city’s age-old history in the spell of its immensely blue sky, its sing-song accents, its many culturally diverse neighborhoods and its old port watched over by the Catholic Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, referred to locally as “The Good Mother”.


The “Good Mother” watches over the Old Port, the destination for the returning fishing boats, awaited by the fishmongers with their sing-song accents. The ferry boat, right out of a Pagnol film, awaits tourists crossing to see the steep-walled inlets called calanques. At the end of the Old Port, Fort Saint-Jean, which houses the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations looks down on the liners and ferries as they set sail. Opposite, St.Victor’s Abbey has the appearance of a medieval castle. 


Above the Old Port, the old Panier district still holds the secrets of the Corsican bandits who reigned there. Marseille remains a myth. Marseille will bewitch you and you will fall in love with it.