Marseille is an historic port city in the Bouches du Rhone department of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur in southern France. At a holiday rental in Marseille you’ll be in France’s second-largest city, and one of the oldest settlements in Europe, dating to the 7th Century BC. There’s a wealth of interesting sights here, as well as all kinds of landmarks to be found in the wider region.
Key places to visit on holiday at a self-catering accommodation in Marseille include the Vieux Port, which still operates as a fishing harbour. Fishermen continue to auction their catches here. One of the best ways to admire the port is to arrive by boat in the evening – alternatively you could head for the Pharo Palace, which sits on the western side of the harbour and offers panoramic views of the port and surrounding cityscape. The Musee des Docks Romains documents the history of the port, with artefacts from its Phoenician and Roman eras.
Another place to head for a memorable view of the city around Marseille holiday accommodation would be the neo-Byzantine church of Notre-Dame de la Garde, which sits atop a 162-metre hill. It’s at the highest point in the city and dates to the mod-19th Century. From here you can see much of the city, an the bue Mediterranean to the south. Another important sight is the Palais Longchamp, which dates to the mid-19th Century and today is where the natural history museum and museum of fine arts are housed. The surrounding park is included in France’s list of Remarkable Gardens.
One of the essential things to see outside of the city, a short way from Marseille holiday rentals are the Calanques. These are composed of numerous small limestone fjords along s stretch of coast towards Cassis. The Calanques can be explored via a walking trail, along which you’ll encounter some stunning coastal scenes. Another key sight is the Chateau d’If, which is an island just off the city’s coast, which was originally a sea fort and then a prison.
On holiday at a villa in Marseille, you’ll encounter a typically Mediterranean climate, which brings warm weather throughout the spring, summer and autumn months. Winters are usually mild in this city, and temperatures at this time of year rarely slip far below 10 degrees Celsius.
Marseille holiday rentals are a short way from Marseille Provence Airport (MRS), which is reachable from the UK with British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair, via London-Heathrow (LHR), London-Gatwick (LHR), London-Stansted (STN) and Bristol (BRS).