There is a saying that goes “being different is what makes you stand out” and one city in particular is proud of being different from the rest and that is none other than Marseille, France. The second largest city in France (while Paris being the largest) Marseille has its own unique and distinct culture compared to the rest of France and was dubbed as “The European Capital of Culture” during 2013 and during this time, had 900 cultural events in the area. It’s definitely a city worth visiting and using a service like Blacklane will make getting to and from the Marseille airport fast, easy and hassle-free.
Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
Notre-Dame de la Garde or “La Bonne Mère” (Our Lady of the Guard) is a catholic basilica that is set on the highest point of Marseille and is the city’s most iconic figure. It was originally built on the foundations of an ancient fort and was later made into a chapel. Embellished with marble and scenes portraying ships under the watchful protection of La Bonne Mère, the location is definitely a must visit if you come to Marseille plus it gives a beautiful panoramic view of the entire city.
Parc National des Calanques
Parc National des Calanques (Calanques National Park) is a national park located near Marseille that is a paradise for nature lovers. The area has a huge amount of flaura and fauna and with over 900 species of plants and as a matter of fact is also home of The Eyed Lizard (Europe’s largest lizard which can grow up to 60cm in size). The park measures around 520 sq km and 85 of which is terrestrial while the rest a marine area. If you’re planning to escape the city for a while, maybe take a hike and see the beauty nature has to offer, the area is a must visit.
Les Docks Village
A historical building located in La Joliette, Les Docks was originally a warehouse, grain storage facility and an office then refurbished into the mall that it is today. Les Docks is mall that is often described by visitors as “different and unique from a mall” and more of a “shopping corridor of sorts” that offers stores and restaurants all offer options and prices ranging from high-end to low-end and the décor in the area is simply stunning; a fusion of modern and historical styles if you will.
MuCEM or the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée) is a national museum that was opened in 2013, the same year Marseille was named the European Capital of Culture. The museum is a symbol of the city’s heritage all the while embracing the upcoming modern times of our world; this is evident through the architecture of the building itself.
All in all, Marseille is a city that indeed stands out from the rest. There are mixed reviews coming from people that have visited the city and the trip is definitely a different experience for everyone that visits. The wonderful thing about Marseille is that there are plenty of things to see and do that are tailored for everyone since there is an abundance of restaurants, bars and clubs, museums and art galleries.