Marseille: History and Multiculturalism
Marseille was founded by Greek settlers some 2,500 years ago. Ever since, the city has seen successive waves of immigration making it a truly cosmopolitan and multicultural city. In recent years Marseille has turned into a charming and vibrant city, which boasts world-class museums, galleries and performing arts.
Since Marseille’s stint as European Capital of Culture in 2013, trendy bars and boutiques have sprung up all over the city, and the redesigned quayside has bought some spectacular architecture to France’s oldest city.
The cafes around the Vieux Port, where fresh fish is sold straight off the boats, are wonderful spots to observe the city’s street life. the Vieux Port has always been Marseille’s focal point and so it remains – for celebration, protests or anything else. Forts flanking the entrance were built both the keep the enemy out but also to keep the people of Marseille under control.
Le Panier, north of the Vieux Port, is where the incoming Greeks settled and
The Esplanade is the focus of a new cultural quarter with modern architecture and museums. The Musee des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Mediterranean (MuCEM) is dedicated to Mediterranean culture. The museum is world-class, with paintings, video installations
Marseille is famous for its salon de Marseille (soap) and its bouillabaisse fish stew
One of the loveliest trips out of Marseille is to hop on a boat and for the calques – the limestone cliffs and creeks stretching 20 miles to the south of the city.