City and resort of Marseille
Marseille is the largest Mediterranean port, located in the southeastern part of France at the mouth of the Rhone on the shores of the Gulf of Lyon. Multinational, multifaceted and multicultural city. Marseille is the westernmost resort of the Cote d’Azur, although Toulon, Cassis and Hyeres also claim this title. Air traffic: direct flights and flights with transfers. Located thirty kilometers from Marseille, Marseille-Provence International Airport (MRS) is not connected by direct regular flights with either Moscow or the Northern Capital of Russia. The airport serves one and a half hundred destinations, so there are a lot of options for connecting and connecting flights. The minimum travel time is from 7 hours when flying from Moscow or St. Petersburg and from 10 hours from Yekaterinburg. Often connecting flights via Amsterdam (by KLM) or Paris (by the national airline Air France) cost almost half as much as direct flights to the same French capital. With early booking, air travel can cost a couple of hundred euros. Significant savings can be made if you follow the “burning” offers of the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, for which MRS is one of the main interchange nodes. Often you can intercept flights to Marseille with one of the intra-European flights at a ridiculous price (literally from 5-10 euros), which will significantly reduce the overall travel expenses of the trip. Charter flights Charter planes fly from major Russian cities to Marseille from time to time, but there are much fewer charters than, for example, to Nice from Moscow and St. Petersburg. Tickets are available only for buyers of package tours to the Cote d’Azur. Hotels in Marseille According to the Booking.com database, there are 102 hotels in Marseille, 28 B&B hotels, of which 27 are unrated and one three-star. Out of 102 hotels, nineteen starless, four 5 *, 16 – 4 *, 34 – three-star, 24 – two stars, 5 – 1 *. Most hotels are located at some distance from the coastline, mainly in the central quarters of the city. This is logical, because Marseille is not only a beach resort, but also a large financial and industrial center, people come here not only to relax, but also for business matters. In hotels located on the first beach lines, hotels with their own beaches can not be found, but local restaurants have their own beaches. In particular, they own half of the Boreli beach. Also noteworthy are the beaches of Corbières, de la Battry, Prado, Forten and de Love. The most common types of food: no meals or BB (only breakfast, in the room or buffet). Room service is available in 28 establishments. It is also worth noting that the cost of living in Marseille hotels is quite “democratic”, especially in comparison with hotels in Cannes or Nice. Beaches In Marseille and its environs you can find beaches for every taste. In the city itself, the beach infrastructure is well developed, and near Marseille there are many secluded bays – “calanques” with picturesque cliffs and wonderful conditions for outdoor activities: mountain climbing, sailing, swimming and diving. Within the city limits, about 20 hectares is occupied by the well-equipped Prado beach with picnic areas, green spaces, water rescue services and medical care points. The only negative is the pebble beach. Sandy “Boreli” consists of two parts, paid and public. In the paid part, owned by local restaurants, you can perfectly combine a beach holiday with lunch at affordable prices. Usually umbrellas and sunbeds are included in the bill. On the free half of the beach there is a children’s recreation area and a volleyball court. Surfers choose the beautiful Uvon beach with good waves near the coast, and tourists with children often prefer Bonven beach, near which there is a skate park. Marseille Attractions The most visited local attraction is the Notre Dame de la Garde Cathedral with the famous 11-meter statue of the Virgin. Among other things, tourists are attracted by wonderful views of the city (the basilica is built on the highest hill of Marseille). Despite its youth, the attention of guests is attracted by the city cathedral, built in the 19th century. The secret of the temple’s popularity lies in its unusual design, surprisingly combining Byzantine and Romanesque architectural styles. A rare tourist will avoid exploring the Old Port – the soul of Marseille. In the colorful and vibrant port area, you can feel the spirit of the largest Mediterranean port and enjoy the picturesque views of the endless sea, enjoying delicious fish dishes in one of the coastal restaurants. Not far from the coast above the waves rises an islet with the infamous If castle, built as part of the defensive line from attacks from the sea, but later turned into one of the darkest prisons in southern France. Here you can see the legendary Iron Mask.