Live it up in marvelous Marseille, France’s oldest city. Just the words “French Riviera” conjure up images of svelte bodies and romance, people laughing at stories with old friends, gazing out into a turquoise sea as they relax in luxury chaise lounges on the decks of pastel homes. This is the region of France that’s reminiscent of old Hollywood and vintage movies. If you ever wanted to experience historic districts, lemon breezes, the coolness of shady palm trees, and sailboats bobbing on the water in the distance, the French Riviera is your dream getaway and Marseille is your headquarters.
Marseille is not only the French Riviera’s capital, but it’s also the nation’s oldest city. The narrow alleyways wind between the pastel cottages with flower boxes in their windowsills, and at every corner, an elegant, exquisitely detailed example of the kind of architecture you’ve only read about. Intertwined with a modern vibe, local artisans selling their wares, scents of various local dishes float on the breeze, and ancient buildings stand amidst new construction.
Now the stage is set. Sounds perfect, right?
Along with all the things to see, there are plenty of activities in Marseille to keep you occupied, too. It’s the perfect place to set up base camp and go exploring nearby wonders, like Calanques National Park where you can hike rugged cliffs or dense forests, all the while not being far from stunning indigo waters.
If you really want to immerse yourself in the old town section, any of the accommodations near Vieux Port are perfect. You’ll be in the very center of the city and well-connected should you want to check out neighboring areas, like Paris, London, and Amsterdam.
This is the French Riviera — it’s the place to be for a refreshing day on the water, a cold cocktail on a warm night, incredible food, and epic sightseeing. Live it up in marvelous Marseille.