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Marseille Introduction


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Marseille, France, is an ancient city that never ceases to arouse passions. This colorful Mediterranean port has seen the arrival of Greek settlers, Roman conquerors, swashbuckling sailors, religious crusaders, tourists looking for sunny skies and immigrants looking for a home in France's melting pot.   Click here to see the full Marseille travel guide on Travel42 »

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Marseille Geography


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Marseille, in the region of France called Bouches-du-Rhone (mouth of the Rhone River), owes much of its charm to its agreeable geography. The city itself stretches 43 mi/70 km along the coast, with the mountain ranges of St. Cyr, Etoile and Estaque at its back and dozens of breathtaking sea inlets along its rocky coastline.   Click here to see the full Marseille travel guide on Travel42 »

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Marseille History


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Marseille is one of the oldest cities in France. Around 600 BC, the Greeks settled in what they called Massalia, an inlet on the southeast coast of France that was protected from harsh storms and blessed with a direct route to the trade-facilitating Rhone River. Years later, the Greeks invited the Romans to help them fight the Franks, a move that had disastrous results: The power-hungry Romans eventually claimed the town's fleet, treasures and trade. In 1481, the thriving port of Marseille became part of the kingdom of France.   Click here to see the full Marseille travel guide on Travel42 »

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Marseille Sightseeing & Things to Do


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For a unique look at one of the industries that makes Marseille tick, visit the fish market on the Quai des Belges at the Vieux Port before dawn—you'll hear the singing southern accents of the fishermen and witness local commerce at its animated best.   Click here to see the full Marseille travel guide on Travel42 »

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Marseille Nightlife


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Most nightclubs don't even open their doors before midnight. One way to while away the hours before heading out for a night on the town is to sample the tea at Les Arcenaulx. If tea isn't your thing, sample what the locals drink—pastis. There are two major brands of the anise-flavored liqueur, 51 and Ricard. Order the Ricard and you'll get a tall glass with about 2 in/5 cm of a cloudy white liquid. Fill the glass with water to the brim—or to taste.  Click here to see the full Marseille travel guide on Travel42 »

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Marseille Restaurants & Dining


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The main ethnic groups in Marseille tend to be from around the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa. Likewise, the good "ethnic" restaurants tend to be North African and sub-Saharan African (unless you include Corsican as an ethnic group). Since these groups constitute a large part of the city's population, couscous can be considered a typical dish from Marseille (which many French people joke about as belonging to North Africa anyway). For most other cuisines, it is best to go to Paris.   Click here to see the full Marseille travel guide on Travel42 »

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