Air France flight to Marseille (France)

Make the most of Air France's new offers and fly off to the South of France. With departures from London, Manchester or Glasgow, take off to discover the city of Marseille (flights to the Marseille-Provence airport). The sun is there waiting for you!

As Provence's fief, located along France's southern coastline, the Phocaean city of Marseille spreads its charming wings along the Mediterranean coast. As a cosmopolitan and dynamic metropolis, proud of its roots and rich past as a Hellenistic merchant city, Marseille is nonetheless focused on its future and has carried on growing, at the crossroads of many civilisations and exchanges. Its sometimes chaotic street layout is home to many archaeological and architectural gems - revealed by the beauty of the midday sun. Yet the town also comes alive again once the sun has set - bustling with parties and the energy of its inhabitants.

Marseille: a Mediterranean lay-over

Boasting both an industrial port and charming harbour, Marseille seduces its visitors in many different ways. The more urban among you will love strolling along the cobbled Canebière and Cours Belsunce streets - filled with shops - before reaching the Old Port which as well as being where all the fresh sardines come in is also a place for lovely cafés and restaurants where you can stop off for a pastis or a kir. From the very heart of the Phocaean city, visitors can enjoy a break out on a nice terrace before climbing the winding streets of the old Panier area, or up to the Notre Dame de la Garde Cathedral - whose statue has been watching over sailors at sea for a lifetime. The site offers a spectacular view of the city and its surroundings.

The most adventurous among you may choose to set out to sea, to go fishing for the evening's bouillabaisse. If you are looking for a more cultural outing, take the ferry from the Old Port to the Frioul Islands - on which stand the walls of the tremendous Château d'If, made famous by Alexandre Dumas in his novel entitled The Count of Monte Cristo. Once back in town at dusk, visitors will love gazing at the city's lights from the St Jean fort or Pharo park - located at the entrance to the Old Port. If relaxation is your keyword, you may prefer walking along the Kennedy coastal road, right by the sea, leading down to the Catalans beach. There, you can quietly enjoy looking out on the Mediterranean's tranquil blue waters. For a more picturesque backdrop, do not forget the little traditional fishing port in the Auffes vale - located in the Endoume neighbourhood. A truly peaceful haven in the heart of the city.

For the cultural part of your trip, head to the Panier neighbourhood, home to several little museums dedicated to the city's antique past. The MUCEM is also a must-see - majestically set facing the sea, home to a number of exhibitions dedicated to art and the history of Mediterranean civilisations. All necessary information can be found on Marseille's Tourist Office website.

Yet the Phocaean city also marks the entrance into the whole of the Provence region. Make the most of your trip to Marseille to re-energise yourself in the Natural Calanques Park - heading towards Cassis - or in the nearby Alpilles hills. Discover towns such as Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Avignon, or go and gaze upon the Sainte-Victoire mountain in the middle of the lavender fields.

Organise your stay more easily with Air France

All year round, you have a large choice of flights to Marseille and Provence. Air France is there for you every step of the way and can even help you prepare the smaller details of your trip thanks to its tourist guide available online.
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