Marseille is one of France’s largest and most historically important cities. Situated on the Mediterranean, it provides the rest of France with lots of seafood and has held strategic significance for centuries. It also has several idyllic beaches that make it a place to visit for all the family.
The Plage de l’Huveaune and Plage des Catalans are two of the most popular beaches near the center of Marseille. With clear blue water and golden sand, it is easy to spend a whole day at these beaches. If you want a quieter spot, the Parc National des Calanques is a 40-minute drive from Marseille and offers stunning beaches and remote coves that anyone can enjoy exploring.
Marseille is one of the largest fishing cities in Europe and provides Paris with the bulk of its seafood. The cuisine in Marseille is therefore very fish-centered, and bouillabaisse is one of the most popular dishes that has originated from the city and incorporates a large variety of locally caught seafood. A vegetarian dish that all the family can enjoy is the pistou soup, which consists of Mediterranean vegetables and pasta with pistou- made of crushed garlic, olive oil, and basil.