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Marseilles is an ancient city which was founded by the Phoenician in around 600-BC where its medieval winding streets and charming old trade port are just some of the remnants of the gone era.
Marseilles is a Provencal city with vitality, centered around 26-century-old port, with a vibrant downtown, big parks, a medieval-village-style neighborhood, downtown shopping and wonderful seafood.
Marseilles, situated in southern France, is the second largest city of the country after Paris. It is a major seaport and an important commercial and industrial center. The city is linked by canal with the Rhone River and is served by extensive rail and air transport.




Fact File
Country : France
Population : 807,071 (1999 census)
Languages : French
Area : 31,400 sq km
Climate : the city has a mediterranean climate, with light winters and warm summers. Annual rainfall is 750 mm, and the sun shines more than 3000 hours per year.
Official Currency : Euro; 1 Euro = 52.443 Indian Rupee = 1.2047 US $ = 0.678141 GBP (subject to change)
Location : Marseilles is the part of the region of Provence. It is the second largest in France and largest commercial port in the city.

Getting There
MarseillesBy Air : The city has an airport which makes it accessible from various cities in France, from anywhere in Europe and also from all across the globe.
By Trains : The city has an excellent system of railways which provides for a safe and quick journey to and from the city.
Subway : Opened as a subway system in 1977, and is connected to most major European cities by rail, road, air, or boat.

Getting Around
By Road : Buses, cars and taxis provide a very comfortable way of moving around the city.

Accommodation
The city has some of the very good hotels to cater to the needs of the tourists who visit the city either for business or for leisure. Mentioned below is the list of some of the accommodations in the city:
3 star hotels in the city are:
Hotel Vieux-Port
Hotel Bompard La Corniche
Hotel Select Gare St Charles
Hotel Marseille Bonneveine Prado
Hotel Mascotte Vieux Port
2 star hotels in the city are:
Hotel Kyriad Vieux Port
Hotel Campanile Marseille Saint Antoine

Major tourist attractions
Vieux-Port : This old harbor is the reason for Marseille's existence and is surrounded by the Old Town and the two 17th century forts. A ferry crosses the port throughout the day.

MarseilleMuseum of the Roman Docks : The museum is located in the Vieux-Port and has the remains of ancient docks and commerce.

The Town Hall : A 17th century Baroque building looking out over the old harbour.

La Canebiere : This is the main street of the city, which slopes upwards from the Vieux-port and is animated and cosmopolitan.

Chateau d'If : This is now a nearby island but was once a fearful prison and Alexandre Dumas had his fictional character the Count of Monte Cristo imprisoned here. Visitors for the island start from the Quai de Belges in the Vieux-port.

Basilica of Notre Dame de La Garde : This is the 19th century Romano-Byzantine church which is placed high above the south side of the Vieux-port. From its terrace there are great views of the city and the sea.


The Bourse : This was once an Old Stock Exchange but now is a naval museum.

La Jardin des Vestiges : Part of the museum of local history, this exhibits ancient remains, including a surprisingly well-preserved 3rd century ship.

Other attractions:
Palais de Longchamps : Houses the Museum of Fine Art (Musee des Beaux Arts).
Marseille Shopping : Great shops are present in the 1ere arrondissement (1st neighbourhood) around the old port and going away from the port, up a hill, La Canabiere is full of bustle and the products of the Mediterranean, north and south.




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