Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Explore One of France’s Captivating Cities: Plan Your Trip to Marseille

Marseille is like its world-renowned bouillabaisse soup – a beautiful array of cultures that all contribute to the creation of a lively final product.Marseille, areal immigrant city, offers a palate of both the modern and ancient Mediterranean cultures.

Here are a few suggestions which can make your Marseille trips prolific and yet practical.


Marseille trips on a budget can get very tricky. The ultimate money-saving tip is to stay in youth hostels.

Auberge de Jeunesse Marseille is one perfect choice when you are looking for a beautiful yet budget-friendly place to stay in Marseille. This hostel boasts of simple yet fully serviced studios that will only cost you approximately €230 a week. Moreover, they are equipped with all basic kitchen utensils and appliances. Plus, you may avail of a WI-FI connection for only a small extra charge.

However, if you like to have a real city experience during your Marseille trips, all you need to do is hang around their train station upon your arrival. A lot of locals regularly visit the place to offer some rooms in their houses to tourists. The usual prices for the accommodation are fairly reasonable. There will even be some who will offer a free breakfast or dinner.

Chateau d’If

When you plan your trip to Marseille, make sure that you include Le Chateau d'If in your list of places to visit.

Le Chateau d'If is a former prison and now has become one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Marseille. It is situated in an island near the Mediterranean Sea. It was the setting of The Count of Monte Cristo, a novel written by Alexandre Dumas.

Calanques Massif

If you are a hiking enthusiast, drop by the city’s market for some baguette, cheese and wine then proceed to the Calanques Massif.

Calanques Massif boasts of a 20-km trail going through inlets and creeks where rare birds like great horned owls, peregrine falcons and Bonelli eagles may be found.

There are a lot of public beaches wherein you can freely swim and observe natural attractions such as rays and the vivid Mediterranean Sea. Some of these public beaches are the Huveaune Beach, Borely Beach, VieilleChapelle, Bonneveine Cove and Prado Seaside Park.

History and Architecture
As much as in your Nice trips, Marseille also offers a treasure of monuments and other interesting places.

You can revel in the remains of the original Roman and Greek building as well as homes during the 17th and 18th centuries and fortifications during the 16th century.

A lot of cathedrals and churches also offer free visits. Particular examples are the Old Major Cathedral built during the 12th century, the New Major Cathedral built during the 19th century, and the Saint-Laurent Church built during the 17thcentury.