Holiday apartments and villas in the 10th arrondissement of Marseille are spread throughout the edge of the historic city as it stretches into the mountainous hinterland. In contrast to most of HomeAway's Cote d'Azur holiday accommodation, rentals in the 10th arrondissement of Marseille tend to be more urban in nature, with modern apartments and villas. For city holidays even more into the thick of things, HomeAway also offers more central holiday apartments, such as in the 1st - Old Port (Vieux Port) and 2nd - Panier districts of Marseille. The city's unique combination of coast, mountain, culture and city living are a result of its status as one of the largest melting-pot ports on the Mediterranean, and explains why there were 4.1 million visitors in 2012 alone, even before it was recognised as the 2013 European Capital of Culture.
In particular with holiday rentals in the 10th arrondissement of Marseille, the neighbourhood blend of mountainous woodland and city streets distanced from the sea means there are a higher percentage with access to a pool and barbecue area. The closeness to the mountains makes rentals in the 10th ideal for the outward bound.
Beaches: The beaches are a couple of miles to the west of Marseille's 10th arrondissement accommodation, but they are of limited size and number, though the urban backdrop and facility access are unparalleled. A more typical beach experience can be had in one of the many coastal villages around 10-15 miles to the southeast.
Nightlife: Marseille's 10th arrondissement has a broad selection of cafés, restaurants and bars, though it is far from an entertainment district. The central 1st and 2nd districts tend to shoulder that mantle, but a good night out can still be had despite the lack of nightclubs.
Outdoor pursuits: This is where villas in the 10th arrondissement of Marseille really comes into its own, as the southeastern third of the arrondissement is taken up with the hills and mountains that typify Provence. Cris-crossed by hiking and biking trails, it's a playground for the outdoorsy type.
Culture: The majority of Marseille's 24 museums were recently refurbished for the city's elevation as the 2013 European Capital of Culture, and most of them can be found only a couple of miles from accommodation in the 10th. Highly recommended are the Musée d'Histoire de Marseille (The Museum of Marseille History), one of the largest in Europe, the Musée des Beaux Arts (Museum of Fine Arts), and the Musée Cantini.
The Mediterranean climate of Marseille is characterised by long hot summers and short, mild winters. Top temperatures typically reach 28-29°C in the summer, but year-round sunshine makes Marseille the sunniest city in France, with over 2,800 hours per year. Winter temperatures usually hover around the low teens, so Marseille can also serve as a winter destination.
Marseille is served by its own airport about 15 miles from the centre of the city, and this has a choice of direct flight options to the UK. Nice Cote d'Azur Airport, about 120 miles away, has many more, and the drive from Nice to Marseille through the French Riviera is often spectacular and can be a fun part of the trip. Train links to Marseille are also convenient; it's possible to get here in nine hours or so from London, or guests can drive themselves in a couple of days.