Welcome to Marseille
Grit and grandeur coexist seamlessly in Marseille, an exuberantly multicultural port city with a pedigree stretching back to classical Greece and a fair claim to the mantle of France's second city. Once seen as somewhat dirty and dangerous, and lacking the glamour of Cannes or St-Tropez, this black sheep of the Provençal coastline has blossomed in cultural confidence since its 2013 stint as the European Capital of Culture. The addition of a brace of swanky new museums is just the outward sign of an optimism and self-belief that's almost palpable.
Ask LP: where can I find Europe's best urban beaches?
As every self-respecting Marseillais will proudly tell you, there's no need to leave the city to find powder-soft golden sand.
Amid the grit and glamour of this Mediterranean port city, delightful green spaces beckon.
Marseille’s reputation as a frenetic, fast-paced port city is not unwarranted, but the best way to get around is often by foot.
Contemporary Marseille is the place to be right now. From health and saftey to etiquette, here’s what you need to know to get the best out of your visit.
Marseille will enthral you - whether you're visiting in the outdoorsy summer months or joining in the many festivals held in autumn and winter.