We have a few French friends who advised us not to go to Marseille because it’s generally not as safe as other areas in France. When we got there, it feels like a “downtown” area with its own vibe and quirks. Our only regret was we weren’t able to take the tours to their famous Calanques- an area described as a “narrow, steep-walled inlet made up of limestone and dolomite to name a few, mostly found along the Mediterranean cost”.
It looks like this:
Anyway Marseille is located in the south coast of France and it was our gateway to Pisa. We rode a TGV train from Marseille to Pisa Center. If you don’t wish to stay long in Marseille you can go straight to Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur or Nice.
If you have enough time, take a stroll down the old harbor, Vieux Port. Along the bay, you will find different souvenir sellers and a stretch of restaurants. We rode the ferris wheel and got a good view of the city too!
Marseille used to be the most important trading center during the French Empire. It is also known to be the European Capital of Culture because it serves as the exchange center of different countries.
We only spent a day in Marseille and this is the only area we explored but the view and the seafood was worth it!
Next stop: Italy!
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