Travelers visiting France are familiar with the â€œmust-seesâ€ in Paris, and perhaps other regions such as wind swept Brittany and glittering CÃ´te dâ€™Azur. While these are world-renowned for a reason, it is worth considering a trip south to visit one of Franceâ€™s largest cities and best-kept secrets: the port of Marseille.
This bustling Mediterranean city of 850,000 boasts numerous attractions, such as the island fortress ChÃ¢teau dâ€™If, made famous by Alexandre Dumas in his novel The Count of Monte Cristo. With express boats heading to and from the island all day for about 10 Euro, itâ€™s a picturesque, affordable Marseille excursion.
Looking for a little dose of art? Paris isnâ€™t the only French city with world-class museums. TheÂ MusÃ©ed’ArtsAfricains, OcÃ©aniens&AmÃ©rindiens showcases sculpture, masks, and paintings from the native peoples of the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. TheMusÃ©e des Beaux Arts is the oldest museum in the city, and features many Italian and French paintings spanning centuries. Housed in a palace with spectacular fountains, this attraction is one of the most popular in Marseille.
The city is famous for its eclectic architecture, including the Palais duPharo, built in the mid-1900s for Napoleon III and surrounded by beautiful gardens. And, of course, thereâ€™s the cuisine, a mixture of French, Italian, and North African influences usually featuring Marseilleâ€™s fresh-caught seafood. With its diverse blend of cultures, Marseille is a city that offers visitors the best of all worlds.
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