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Marseille


Located on the Mediterranean coast, Marseille (sometimes spelled "Marseilles" in English) is France's largest commercial port, second most populous city (after Paris), and center of the country's third most populous metropolitan area (after Paris and Lyon). The city has an estimated population of 820,900 (as of 2005), and the metropolitan area had an estimated population of 1,605,000 (as of 2007).

Marseille


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Marseille
Here are some facts about Marseille:
  1. Marseille (sometimes spelled "Marseilles" in English) is a city on Mediterranean coast of France.

  2. Marseille is the second most populous city of France (after Paris), and center of the country's third most populous metropolitan area (after Paris and Lyon).

  3. Marseille has an estimated population of 820,900 (as of 2005), and the metropolitan area had an estimated population of 1,605,000 (as of 2007).

  4. Marseille is France's largest commercial port.

  5. Marseille may possibly be the oldest city in France. It is believed to have been founded either by the Phoenicians, or possibly by the Greeks at around 600 BCE. In ancient times, Marseille was known as Masalia, Massalia or Massilia (Greek: Μασσαλια).

  6. People from Marseille are called Marseillais in French, or Marselhés in Occitan.

  7. A number of famous French recipes originate from Marseille. These include:

    • Bouillabaisse - A stew/broth made from at least three varieties of fish (in the traditional version, the broth is served separately from the fish).

    • Fougasse - A type of flatbread, traditionally baked in a wood-fired oven. It is sometimes filled with anchovies, cheese, or olives.

    • Navette de Marseille - A type of biscuit flavored with orange blossom and made in the shape of a boat.

    • Panisse - A type of pastry made using chickpea flour.

    • Pastis - An alcoholic beverage made using aniseed and spices.

  8. The most commonly used type of tarot card deck is known as "Tarot de Marseille".

  9. Marseille was designated European Capital of Culture for 2013.



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Marseille has a Mediterranean climate with mild and humid Winters, and relatively hot and dry Summers.

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Fodor's Provence & the French Riviera (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

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Released: 2016-11-15
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Fodor s Provence & the French Riviera (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.



The darlings of French tourism, Provence and the French Riviera have always been beautiful destinations attracting everyone from the rich and famous to world-renowned artists. With unbelievable coasts and rustic-chic villages, the regions draw travelers eager to experience their azure skies and legendary landscapes. This full color-guide highlights the best of this region, from the urban buzz of Marseilles and Nice to the glamorous meccas of St-Tropez, Cannes, and Monaco.



This travel guide includes:

· Dozens of full-color maps 

· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks

· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path

· In-depth breakout features on Provence's Lavender Route, the region's artistic legacy, and the area's outstanding cuisine

· Major sights such as Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, the Calanques, the Camargue, the Lavender Route, Marseille, Pont du Gard, St-Paul-de-Vence, St-Remy-de-Provence, St. Tropez

· Coverage of The Alpilles, Arles and the Camargue; The Vaucluse; Aix, Marseille, and the Central Coast; The Western Cote D'Azur; Nice and the Eastern Cote D'Azur; Monaco



Planning to visit more of France or focus on Paris? Check out Fodor's travel guides to France and Paris.

Marseille - The Delaplaine 2019 Long Weekend Guide

By ANDREW DELAPLAINE

Gramercy Park Press
Paperback (66 pages)

Marseille - The Delaplaine 2019 Long Weekend Guide
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A complete guide for everything you need to experience a great Long Weekend in MARSEILLE, a fascinating city that’s also one of the oldest in France.  

 

 

“I’ve been wanting to go to Marseille for years but never got around to it, but my wife thought it sounded like a bad idea because she prefers Paris. Now that we’ve been for a long weekend to check it out, my wife and I plan to return again within 6 months. She loved it as much as I did. What a town!”

---Eugene H., Dallas

 

 

“The Delaplaine guide books ‘cut to the chase.’ You get what you need and don’t get what you don’t.” –Wilma K., Seattle
 

 

Updated throughout the year, this concise guide will save you a lot of time.

 


=LODGINGS, from budget to deluxe

= RESTAURANTS, from the finest the area has to offer ranging down to the cheapest (with the highest quality). More than sufficient listings to make your Long Weekend memorable.


=PRINCIPAL ATTRACTIONS -- don't waste your precious time on the lesser ones. We've done all the work for you.

 

=SHOPPING – some interesting out of the way places.

Marseille & Montpellier Travel Guide - Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay

By Brendan Kavanagh

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (78 pages)

Marseille & Montpellier Travel Guide - Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay
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Marseille is a major city in southern France and is the largest port city in the Mediterranean and the French Riviera. The city is a popular port of call for cruise ships and has many differences from Paris. You may even think you are in another country with its cliffs, fjords (clanques), sea views, beaches and harbours. The nearby ancient city of Montpellier is scenically built on two hills with the highest point at Place de Peyrou. This once sleepy and quiet French city is today a vibrant and scenic city influenced by Algerian immigrants and their colourful Arab market culture.

Marseille Restaurant Guide 2020: Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats in Marseille, France (Restaurant Guide 2020)

By Victor K. Dumas

Independently published
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Marseille Restaurant Guide 2020: Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats in Marseille, France (Restaurant Guide 2020)
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The restaurants found in this guide are the most positively reviewed and recommended by locals and travelers. "TOP 500 RESTAURANTS" (Cuisine Types). Afghan, African, American, Arabian, Armenian, Asian Fusion, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Cambodian, Caribbean, Chinese, Corsican, Cuban, Egyptian, Ethiopian, French, French Southwest, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Laotian, Latin American, Lebanese, Lyonnais, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Napoletana, Pakistani, Portuguese, Russian, Senegalese, Shanghainese, South African, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and many more options to visit and enjoy your stay.

Lonely Planet Best of France (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Kerry Christiani, Damian Harper, Christopher Pitts, Regis St Louis & Anita Isalska

Lonely Planet
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Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

Lonely Planet’s Best of France is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Embrace the sights and sounds of Paris, sample tangy olives at the weekly market in Provence and explore the vineyards of Champagne – all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of France and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Best of France:

  • Full-colour images throughout
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  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, food, wine, sport, politics
  • Free, convenient pull-out map (included in print version), plus easy-to-use colour maps to help you navigate
  • Covers Paris, Loire Valley, Normandy, Brittany, Champagne, Lyon, Provence, Nice, St Tropez, Marseille, Bordeaux, the French Alps and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Best of France is filled with inspiring and colourful photos, and focuses on France’s most popular attractions for those wanting to experience the best of the best.

Looking for a more comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all the country has to offer? Check out Lonely Planet’s France guide.

Looking for a guide to Paris? Check out Lonely Planet’s Paris for an in-depth look at all the capital has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

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