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Marseille Travel Guide

Marseille travel guide

Marseille is the second largest city in France and is located on the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Provence. It is 771km (479 miles) south of Paris; 187km (116 miles) southwest of Nice and 31km (19 miles) south of Aix-en-Provence. It is one of the most important cities because it is the largest commercial port in France. Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur région and is surrounded by many historical buildings. Despite of this Marseille is a modern city with charming beaches and shopping centres.

Marseille was known as Phocee and this was because of its founders the Phoceans. The city then became a commercial port having the famous ‘savon de Marseille’ as one of its products. It also became important as a crossroad for many ships in the Mediterranean.

This is a very elegant city and now that is easily reached from Paris, it is much more accesible for visitors. As it has always been one of the main points of entry to France, Marseille has attracted many immigrants -mainly from North Africa-, making it into a multicultural melting pot. Marseille has some problems in the past with corruption, the Mafia, crime, racial discrimination and unemployment, mostly in the poorer, immigrant neighbourhoods. Nowadays though, the city is in a renaissance period, and is now one of the most visited cities in France.


Marseille Travel guide
Marseille, France
Marseille Travel guide
Marseille, France


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