Marseille - Provence the place to go!
The New York Times lists Marseille 2nd choice in their “Where to go in 2013”!
Chosen as last year’s European Capital of Culture, Marseille Provence has had a makeover, with 10 new cultural attractions opening in recent months,as well as numerous festivities taking place throughout the year; attracting over 6 million visitors! What are you waiting for?
Now’s the time to visit! Come and enjoy all that Provence has to offer, and bask in the gentle autumnal temperatures of our Indian summer!
Hop on a short flight and join us for our end of the year as European Capital of Culture, with over 6 daily flights from London to Provence, as well as 3 weekly flights in summer from Dublin. It’s the perfect time to discover our new look, and indulge on breathtaking excursions to the Calanques National Park. Marvel at the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, and even take a dip if you’re feeling brave! The National Park extends from Marseille to Cassis, complete with quaint fishing ports, perfect for getting away from it all!
If urban tourism is more your thing, then there are plenty of museums and art galeries for you to explore! The exhibition of the moment is dedicated to the architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier.
« Le Corbusier and the question of Brutalism » is an exposition which includes over 250 works from 1935 to 1965, displayed along with other works of art at the J1 seafront hanger.
The Corbusier built Marseille’s Cité Radieuse, a housing unit which to this day remains an architectural point of reference. The complex still stands, and would make for an excellent visit following the exhibition.
An exposition on the Marseille sculptor and artist César is taking place at the Musée Cantini, with numerous works on display, including his famous Thumb sculpture.
You can now walk the length of the quayside of the Vieux Port, following a recent redesign and pedestrianisation by the architects Foster and Partners. Why not stop for a photo under the ombrière, a vast mirrored aluminium structure; which reflects the boats, sea and passers-by... a true urban masterpiece!
The historic Panier quarter is within walking distance of the Vieux Port and is full of local artisan shops. From the Saint Laurent Église you will see a footbridge, leading to the beautifully restored Fort Saint-Jean. From here you can marvel at the views over the Vieux Port; with the Saint Victor Abbey and Notre Dame de la Garde on the left, the Palais du Pharo on the opposite bank, and the Mahanttan-esque Euromediterrenean project and the village of Estaque in the distance on your right.
From the Fort Saint-Jean there is another footbridge leading to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, a superb glass and concrete cube built by Rudy Ricciotti. There are a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions on show, as well as dining options including one of Gérald Passédat’s restaurants. There is even a library, where you can relax and soak up the sights of the Mediterranean.
As you exit the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, you will come to the J4 promenade.
The Villa Mediterranée exhibition space and the Regards de Provence Museum are currently displaying art dating back to the 18th Century.
The J1 hanger can be found further along the quayside, where the Le Corbusier exposition is currently being held.
And don’t forget there is always time for shopping! There’s a variety of high street shops, and boutiques with some of the best things Marseille has to offer! Most shops are open on Sundays, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets!
Why not stop off and admire the InterContinental Hotel Dieu? Opened in May of this year, the 18th Century building is a National Heritage Site and offers outstanding vistas over the Vieux Port and Notre dame de la Garde.
The many bars and restaurants on the Quai de la Mairie and along the Vieux Port around the Cours D’Estienne D’Orves come alive at night and will keep you up until morning!
Indulge in a weekend away or more… Marseille-Provence has a host of perfect getaways to offer!
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