A less-visited city nestled along the French Mediterranean coast, Marseille makes a strong case for itself, due its status as European Capital of Culture in 2013—a distinction that carried a €650 million purse for building and renovation—but the excitement hasn't stopped. Never a dull city, Marseille boasts a glorious coastal setting, spectacular weather, great food, and vibrant multicultural population. Tourist-friendly attractions, important new cultural centers, fabulous restaurants, a new luxury hotel, and the city's proximity to Paris (a three-hour, high-speed train ride from the capital) all make France's second largest city a highly appealing destination. Here's are 10 reasons to visit Marseille on your next trip to France.
by Jennifer Ladonne