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Marvellous Marseille | Private jet charter

European Capital of Culture in 2013, and France’s second largest city, this vibrant French Mediterranean port is an ethnic melting pot, providing the city with a rich tapestry of arts, culture, music, cuisine and historic legacy. Here are five Marseille attractions to visit via private jet charter.

Marseille Cathedral

Located north of the Old Port in Place de La Major, this stunning twin-towered, green-and-white-striped Neo-Byzantine cathedral is one of the largest in France. Built during the reign of Napoleon III, it stands sentinel in the Panier neighbourhood and features beautiful mosaics among its part-red ochre walls and marble flooring.

Old Port

Walk along the Canebière – Marseille’s main street – and you’ll reach the Old Port. Marseille’s most popular attraction, the Vieux Port is lined with cafes, restaurants and bars from which to savour the excellent local seafood and watch the local characters. Take the ferry boat from outside the town hall and sail from one side of the port to the other, and visit the Sainte Marie lighthouse on the esplanade de la Joliette. Don’t miss the fish market on Quai des Belges where fisherman display their early morning catch. And visit the wonderful Museum of Old Marseille, with its great views from its rooftop cafe.

Château d’If

Readers of Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Montecristo will already be familiar with this rocky outcrop off Marseille where the book’s hero was incarcerated. King François I was the first to spot the island’s strategic importance and built a fort there in the 16th century. The ferry ride across the Bay of Marseille is just 20 minutes from the Old Port.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de La Garde

Also known as La Bonne Mère, Marseille’s iconic Catholic church stands guard over the city and the port from its 162m elevated position on Garde Hill. Climb up and enjoy the superb 360-degree views of the city.


A relaxing day trip from Marseille, Cassis is on the road to Toulon and still has the feel of a coastal fishing village despite its popularity as a weekend and holiday getaway. Restaurants here serve fabulous seafood and the town is the gateway to the beautiful Calanques. This series of hidden bays between stunning limestone cliffs are perfect for swimming and sunbathing – a rare slice of the Riviera that is actually peaceful. Most calanques are only accessible by boat but Port-Miou is only 20 minutes on foot from the promenade at Cassis.

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