Marseille

France’s oldest city and the capital of Provence is an open air history book, rich in architectural wonders of the past and present. A busy and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do, all in a temperate climate on a beautiful coastline, it is no wonder that it was awarded the 2013 European Capital of Culture.

As part of recent regenerations, much time and money has been spent in sprucing the city up, old buildings and venues have been renovated and new cultural venues opened up to really maximise the history and culture in this old city. The ancient old port is still a major gateway to Southern Europe and North Africa and is a home to thousands of boats, and still the epicentre of Marseilles industry, a hub of bars and restaurants amongst fishermen heading out to sea to reel in their catch and buzzing street markets selling local produce. As the city has developed and modernised, the opening of designer boutiques, chic bars and splendid art galleries have all helped to make Marseille just as cosmopolitan as some of it’s neighbouring cities without losing it’s Provencal and industrial heritage.

Provencal flavours are in abundance in Marseille and the city is a melting pot of fine restaurants, in delightful locations to enjoy a long lunch in a busy plaza or an evening meal under the stars. Once you have spent some time sampling some of the best dishes why not take a cooking lesson and learn how to make the most famous and sought after dish of them all, the Marseille Bouillabaise. For more active recreational activities, visitors can explore the dramatic rocky coastline by boat, take part in a sailing regatta, or try some watersports at the beautiful Prado Beach. The nearby Calanques National Park with its dramatic white limestone cliffs plunging in to the sea is an enchanting destination for hiking and other outdoor activities.

Well connected by air, land and sea, Marseille is an easily accessible destination and there are a huge range of hotels and venues to choose from when it comes to picking your event space and accommodation.

France’s dynamic and exhilarating second major city can really pack a punch as a leading contender for a destination of fascinating culture, exquisite cuisine and brilliant leisure activities.

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