In 2013, Marseille, France will become the European Capital of Culture and play host to hundreds of thousands of visitors around the world. Those attending this event and visiting the city are in for a real treat. Marseille, with century’s worth of history and a rich culture, is home to some of Europe’s most spectacular sites. Everyone from experienced global travellers to first time visitors are sure to be awed by the city’s wealth of landmarks, fascinating cultural institutions and natural beauty.
Marseille is located in the south of France along the Mediterranean coastline. The city boasts warm, mild weather year round with abundant sunshine. Marseille is accessible by air, bus, train, car and boat. The city is both rich in French heritage and multicultural at the same time. It is home to some of Europe’s most fascinating and historic sites.
Marseille is filled with interesting attractions and landmarks to visit. One of the top attractions in the city is Vieux Port, or old harbour. This district offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and is home to a wide array of fish markets, shops, cafes and restaurants. Pharo Palace offers some of the most spectacular views of the city and harbour and is a must-see for anyone visiting.
Notre Dame de la Garde is one of the city’s most beautiful churches and a top place to visit as well. Nearby, the Musee des Docks Romains, a port that dates back to the Roman and Phoenician era, is one of the most fascinating and historic archaeological sites in Europe. Another great attraction is La Place Castellane, a spectacular plaza surrounded by fine cafés, restaurants and shops.
Palais Longchamp and Boulevard Longchamp play host to some of the city’s most astounding architecture as well as Marseille’s fine arts and natural history museums. Le Panier, another historic neighbourhood, is home to fantastic architecture and many historic monuments and museums.
For rest and relaxation, Marseille offers Parc Borely, a large, beautifully manicured park not far from the Mediterranean Sea. The city also plays host to some of Europe’s most renowned beaches as well as La Corniche, a walkway that offers breathtaking views of the sea.
Marseille is known for its plethora of cafés, shops, fine restaurants and boutiques to explore. The city offers some of Europe’s finest seafood and a wide array of nightlife establishments too. Other sites of interest in Marseille include the Noailles neighbourhood, an area with ethnic shops and markets and the Musée d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne.
For the 2013 European Capital of Culture event, Marseille is planning many cultural festivals and heritage events. Some of these include the Marsatac music festival, the Avec le Temps contemporary music festival, La Fiesta Des Suds world music concert and La Fete Bleue, a festival of music, cinema, art and culture.
Those seeking to attend the European Capital of Culture event in Marseille in 2013 would be wise to stay in a French villa during the event. South of France villas are highly affordable, and Marseille villas to rent come in all types of different sizes and styles. No matter which villa you choose, you’re sure to fall in love with it.
With so much culture and history, Marseille is the perfect location for the 2013 European Capital of Culture. The city’s famed beaches; rich heritage and wealth of historical sites provide a spectacular backdrop for this popular celebration.
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