I spent about two and a half years living in Marseille, at the Mediterranean coast, at the boundary between the Côte d’Azur and the Côte Bleue (which both mean blue coast). Beautiful place, We had no time to hike in the Calanques, the Côte d’Azur’s most stunningly beautiful limestone min-fjords in the mountains at the sea, all part of Marseille, but I love the city too. I used to live in the Cours Julien neighborhood, if you visit Marseille check it out!
Marseille is France’s oldest city, founded over 2600 years ago, and France’s second-largest after Paris. Despite some damage in WWII, and poverty in the northern suburb, it’s a beautiful city yet not overrun with tourists because they all head to the more well-known tourist traps like Nice or Cannes. No idea why they do that. Marseille has tons of charm, also because of its large harbor and large northern African population that add so much color to this city.