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Marseille, gateway to Provence and a tourist centre in its own right, is without doubt the ideal holiday destination to get to know the most
beautiful villages in Provence and their traditions.

The sun is just one of the attractions of its pleasant lifestyle, and the mistral gives it the wonderful quality of light which has inspired many
famous artists: Cézanne, Braque, Dufy, Derain, Marquet...


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  • Marseille Provence airport at 25 km from downtown
  • European capital of the Art in 2013

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Le Grand Prado
Le Grand Prado
Le Grand Prado
Situated in the business district, just a few steps from the Avenue du Grand Prado, our residence offers accommodation in modern ...

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  • • Parks and gardens : Jardin Botanique E.M.HECKEL (8e), Theme gardens: climbing plants, herbs, perfumed plants, medicinal plants, iris
    garden; tropical green house: this is the realm of the banana trees, palms, coffee & cacao trees, and various ficus enhanced by the whole
    range of orchids.

    • Jardin Chanot : Situated in a busy district, at the entrance to the Parc des Expositions and close to the Vélodrome stadium, this space is entirely dedicated to children.

    • Leisure parks : Provence Aventure (ropes course in the trees), equestrian leisure centre at Guillaumière, farm visits
    Museums: Musée Cantini, Musée d’art et contemporains, Musée de faïence (pottery), de la mode (fashion), musée d’archéologie

    • Monuments : Abbaye de St Victor: the abbey of Saint Victor overlooks the Vieux Port. Basilique le Sacré coeur ( Place Castellane);
    Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde: whether arriving from the east or the north, one can see la Bonne Mère on top of la Garde hill. The
    richness of the building materials and the elegance of the mosaics have created an exquisite sanctuary dedicated to the sea. The Cathédrale de la Major: the largest cathedral built since the Middle Ages. The Château d’If: famous fortress whose history is linked with legend (Monte Cristo)

    • Countryside and beaches : Forêt domaniale des Calanques (nature reserve) For 20 km between Callelongue and Port Pin magnificent white cliffs overhang the sea.

    • Walking circuits : Around the Vieux-Port: For 26 centuries the Vieux Port has been the stage on which the history of Marseille has been played out.

    • Old Marseille : From the Hôtel de Ville to the Vieille Charité, a stroll around ‘le Panier’, the oldest city district in France.

    • Palais Longchamp : a grandiose setting to celebrate the arrival of water in Marseille during the Second Empire.

    • The Vélodrome Stadium : Its history, 100 years of Olympique Marseille football club, & its museum/boutique.

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• Traditional fairs and festivals : Foire aux Santons (November),

• Fête de la Sainte Barbe (December), Les pastorales (January),

• Chandeleur à Saint Victor (February),

• Mois de la vierge and celebrations (May),

• Fête de la Saint Jean and Saint Eloi (June),

• Foire à l’ail (garlic) and taraïettes (miniature cooking utensils), Château Gombert International Folklore Festival (July),

• Fête de la vierge du panier, les Joutes de l’Estaque (jousting) (August)