Also known as Marseilles, Marseille is the third largest city in France after Paris and Lyon. Dating back to 600 BC the city was known as Massalia by the natives and is the oldest city of France. This place was used as a port city since ancient times, the rise of the 19th century assured a good economical time in the city due to the sudden boom in the commercial side during the colonial period ensuring the natives' employment and prosperous environment. Marseille was an important point of transition and trade amongst the Greeks and later the Romans.
Situated near the zenith of Rhone, known to be the most alluring yet natural corridor of Mediterranean and the northern part, it has been an exemplary place to explore of all the tourists all around the world. The city falls in close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea which has given it the pass to lure the tourists with its rich history and culture that dangles in the air and gets absorbed into the blood of every person that inhales it. After London and Paris, Marseille is the third city that boasts the largest Jewish community in the world. Contemporarily, the city is seen to be the most vibrant city to explore in the entire Europe.
From adventure lovers to history geeks and all the food fanatics out there, Marseille will please you with it’s fine cuisine that is worth drooling over. Now, if you are a foodie, you might already be aware of all the wonderful local dishes that France has to offer, especially the city of food, Marseille. The rustic cuisine will give you the smell of fresh oil and purity throughout the trip. Some of the most famous dishes of the city are Soupe au Pistou- A fresh bowl of vegetable soup with natural spices, topped with some sautéed finely chopped vegetables and herbs. Bouillabaisse is the perfect dish if you are fond of seafood, the dish consists of variety of fishes served with a rouille and bread with some garlic stopped on them.
Shopping in Marseille requires the shopaholics to let go of the love for the brands for a while cause the city offers numerous unique shops spread evenly throughout the city. La Canebier has some of the best shops in town so make sure to explore them and grab some souvenirs for your loved ones. If you are an interior decor lover, make sure to take a big bag and comfy shoes before going to the market as you have to walk a lot and shop a lot, make sure to set your words right as you will get a chance to haggle a lot. For an ideal day out, you can consider relaxing at the beaches, soaking up the beauty of the sun.
Best Time To Visit Marseille
The peak season is from the months of May to August when the sun is shining bright and cool winds bless the travellers with the ethereal beauty in ambience and atmosphere. During the peak season, the price of the accommodation, attraction and the airfare bookings increase.
The shoulder months of September to November is the best time to visit the city when the peak season is over and the price drops back to normal, you would not be able to witness the rush and enjoy your trip in serenity visiting during the shoulder months. April is yet another best month to visit Marseille, it is advisable to book your tickets in advance to avail the best price for your trip and witness the mirth in the atmosphere during the festive seasons.