Nurtured by the Mediterranean Sea, the Alps Mountains, the Mistral winds and a year-round sunshine, Marsielles (the English version of Marsielle) is one of nature’s children in the country. Art and culture being predominant in the city, it is dazzling to find the museums and galleries portraying the history and culture of all the noble reigns on this land, from the Greeks to the present day’s achievements. It is the second most populated city in the country. Expats find moving to France to Marseilles ever-attracting.
Having safe-guarded a tradition for 26oo years, the city still thrives to speak up for the culture and festivals for years to come. Santons, Christmas figures in the form of soap are made from Marseilles every year, making it the capital city of soap-making. A few traditional festivals of Marseilles are The Santon fair, the Kite festival, Water jousting at l’Estaque, the carnival and the Candlemas.
In between the Callelongue and Port Pin, huge cliffs in white are seen, vertical to the Sea. It extends along the coastline for about 20 km, creating magnificent scenery with its wide spectrum of floral species. The cliffs date back to the ice ages, almost 12,000 years before, when the warming up years following the end of ice age made the Sea level to rise to cover up the valleys. Around 900 plant species are found in this region, among which 50 have been declared to be rare species, not found anywhere else in the world. A boat-ride through the Calanques is a famous tourist activity.
The variety of beaches along the coast line supports surfing and other water activities in the city. Many visitors fly to Marseillles to spend a valuable time at the beaches. A lot of parks, resorts and hotels in France near the Marseilles beaches have sprung up in the recent years, facilitating the water sports. The popular beaches of Marseilles are the Bain des Dames, the Bonne Brise Coves, Pointe Rouge beach, the Borely beach, L’Huveaune beach, Prado South, Prado North beaches, the Prophete, the Catalans and the Corbiere beaches.
Islands are always a joy to the soul. How fascinating were the childhood adventurous island fictions read in school! Marsielles is a fantasy city which holds such dream islands. The Sea level rising during the pre-historic era led to many of the lands to submerge in the sea, creating the islands at the Riou Archipelago. These are at the foot of the now Marseilleveyre range of Hills. Islands at the foothills, nature’s architecture!