The second largest city in France, Marseille is a little gem on the Mediterranean coast that is a perfect escape for anyone looking for a relaxing break in a place that boasts so much beauty and fascinating culture. Founded by the Phocaean Greeks over 2000 years ago, Marseille is not only the oldest city in France but also has the largest active port in the country.
Going to Marseille gives you a best of both worlds scenario. With its fantastic Mediterranean weather (300 days of sunshine a year on average) it's a great place to lounge by the seaside and take in the sun. However, Marseille was awarded the European Capital of Culture 2013 so just like any other conventional city break there's so much to see and do and not just a seaside resort. Visitors can see buildings from various different centuries from the medieval foundations right through to 21st century architecture.When in Marseille there are a number of attractions to see including:
Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
An extravagant example of neo-Byzantine architecture, boasts wonderful history and spectacular views with an 11.2m statue of the Virgin Mary and it is the perfect place from which to survey all of Marseille. The highest natural point in Marseille, it's worth the walk.
To celebrate the launch of the new South of France route, you can take a friend for free to the MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations). All you have to do is show your Eurostar ticket to get 2 FOR 1 entry. T&Cs applyWith a short break to Marseille, getting there couldn't be easier. A high-speed Eurostar train will get you there hassle free.Travelling with Eurostar provides a convenient way to travel from the centre of London into Marseille, with more benefits over flying than you may realise. Check-in, security checks and customs take half the time at just 30 minutes. There are no weight restrictions with the Eurostar and unlike most airlines you can take two pieces of luggage for those extra gifts you may purchase on your trip. With more leg room and more departure times throughout the day to fit around your schedule, it makes the Eurostar a more attractive choice of travel for your short break.