Mediterranean Sea and all that jazz will make you fall in love with Marseille
If you fall in love with Marseille, it will surely be because of its specificity and its character. Marseille is a unique town, a peculiar melting pot of French culture and oriental traditions inherited through centuries of trade with all main Middle East and North African ports. You will be barely enchanted by the magics and the atmospheres of this cosmopolitan town lying peacefully on the Mediterranean sea. Vacation rentals are available both for visitors who are looking for exclusive apartments in Marseille and for those who prefer a low-cost holiday choosing a last minute accommodation in a guesthouse or in rooms for rent.
Discovering Marseille the time of a walk from the Canebière to Notre Dame de la Garde
Start your visit of Marseille walking along the Canebière, which harmoniously frames the ancient port of Marseille -Le Vieux Port- and the marina yachting with a colorful display of open air markets and street art performances which every day attract tourists and visitors. The whole area of the Vieux Port and its ancient houses have been entirely renovated and upgraded to the highest standards of comfort. These buildings on the banks of the Marin Yachting have all been converted into exclusive residences and beautiful apartments and penthouses, overlooking all the town from the hill of Notre Dame de la Garde to the ancient port and the Château d’If island. Visit Marseille sailing on a boat along the coastline through an itinerary which will lead you to the peninsula of Giens, the Cap Sicié, the Embiez islands, Cassis famous red and emerald calanques, the Frioul islands and the Riou archipelago. Get to know and love the “vieux Marseille” in its alleys and streets climbing from the Canebière to the church of Notre Dame de la Garde, wherever you go you will be followed by the thousands perfumes of the Provence markets, selling lavender, scents and handmade coloured perfumed soaps. For a cultural tour in Marseille visit the Museum Grobet-Labadie, a private hôtel particulier belonging to a very rich local businessman, witnessing the financial power achieved by bankers and middle class tradesmen in Marseille, in the second half of the 19th century. For those who love paintings and fine arts collections, Marseille offers the choice between the Musée des Beaux Arts and the MAC Musée d’Art Contemporain which is dedicated to contemporary arts. A 40.000m2 new museum opened in Marseille in 2013, situated at the entrance of the Vieux Port and the Joliette. Floating between the sea and the sky like a huge crystal boat, the MUCEM is dedicated to the cultures of the Mediterranean, their history, their civilization and their diversity.
Jazz music and Marseille, a never-ending love story
The never-ending love story between Marseille and jazz music begins in the roaring twenties when the best American jazz musicians and singers are invited to perform in the theatres of the town. At that time, a fashionable community of writers, artists and their rich mentors arriving from Boston, New York and Philadelphia had settled in the villas along the sea in Var and Côte d’Azur. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerlad throw their endless crazy literary parties on the pool terraces of the villas over the Mediterranean. Life was just so cool, everyone wanted to forget about First World War conflicts and just dance the Charleston, drink a lot and have fun. Everywhere in Marseille and along its calanques is “all that jazz”. Since then Marseille offers the largest number of clubs, piano bars and theatres for jazz in all France as well as the International Festival of Jazz which takes place every year with events, concerts and jam sessions all around the town. Memories of Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong are still very much alive in this town which is proud of a long-lasting love story with jazz music. For your stay in Marseille rent a villa with swimming pool on the sea and spend all the night awake to watch the sunrise on the Mediterranean. As Scott Fitzgerald would write yes, in Marseille “tender is the night”.
Breathtaking sunsets on the Mediterranean Sea
French people call the Mediterranean “la belle bleue”, a very familiar and personal name, a sort of way to give to their blue sea a female body and a living essence. A vacation house or a villa with swimming pool in the Estaque will place you inside the scenery of a Cézanne masterpiece overlooking white rocks on the deeply indented calanques across the sealine of the “belle bleue” Although your cosy home is so pleasant, do spend an evening out in Marseille for a dinner in one of the prestigious restaurants on the Canebière where you will taste the finest fish servings of all southern France accompanied by a selection of Côtes de Provence wines of the region. Bouillabaisse, aioli’ and tapenade, pissaladière are lovely to enjoy on a terrace by the sea before ending the evening in the intimate and warm atmosphere of a jazz club. Then you’ll have to go back to your hotel or to your apartment rental in Marseille. You will fall in love with Marseille and never want to leave.
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