Marseille came into existence in 600 BC, founded by Greeks from Phocaea. Marseille is the oldest city in France. It is the second largest city after Paris. The city is home to almost 900,000 people living in its 16 districts, most of which have held onto their authentic village atmosphere.
Marseille has a great deal to offers its tourists and locals. It has an awesome coastline and a marvelous harbor. Marseille has a wonderful natural heritage with many lush parks in the city.
It is just some kilometers away from the Vieux Port and is on the Calanques National park. It is the best spot for outdoor activities. The popular Calanques covers at least 20 kms with creeks to explore and clear blue water to enjoy.
There are many museums which have a broad range of collections from antiquity to modern art. There are many galleries to display the work of best artists.
Marseille hosts a lot of entertainment all around the year. The region and city have more than four hundred events. These are inclusive of street art, exhibitions, performances, literary debates, theatre and Mediterranean cooking.
Things you can do in Marseille
- You can enjoy the spectacular view from Notre Dame de la Garde
- You can explore the small fishing ports and creeks
- You may take a walk in the markets of Marseille
- You can sip a pastis at sunset on the Vieux-Port
- You can jog on the Corniche
- You can taste the sumptuous specialties like the fish soup
Marseille and football
Marseille is famous for its football, and for Olympique de Marseille – the football club. Their home ground is the Stade Vélodrome in the southern part of the city, where they have played since 1937. The club has a large fan-base, having regularly averaged the highest all-time attendance in French football.
The Stade Vélodrome originally hosted other sporting events (Tour de France cyclist arrivals, track cycling world championships from where it gets its name, athletics and gymnastics competitions and boxing and rugby matches). In the lead-up to the 1984 UEFA Championship, the stadium underwent modifications; the velodrome track gradually disappeared and was later completely destroyed to make way for stands.
In July 1992, FIFA’s executive committee (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) awarded the 16th World Cup to France. As some of the matches were to be held in Marseille, the decision was made to expand the stadium. On September 4th 1997, the Stade Vélodrome welcomed the “World of Football” with the final stage draw for the World Cup. The stadium was completed on February 25th 1998 with the opening of the Northern stand.
In preparation for Euro 2016, the stadium grew from 60,000 seats to 67,000 covered seats protected from the wind in 2014. The Stade Vélodrome is the second largest stadium in France after the Stade de France.