Marseille is the second largest city in France, after Paris. The city is located on the southeast coast of France, and is France’s largest commercial port. Marseille offers a high density of museums, cinemas, theaters, clubs, bars, restaurants, fashion shops, hotels, and art galleries. The main shopping streets in the city are Rue Paradis, Rue Saint Ferréol and Rue de Rome.
The Marseille region is home to thousands of companies, over 90% of these businesses are small to medium in size. The most well-known in the area are CMA CGM - container-shipping giant, Comex – a world leader in sub-sea engineering and hydraulic systems, Eurocopter Group - an EADS company, and Azur Promotel - an active real estate development company. Companies can find many offices to rent in the area.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are several markets in Marseille; one that you really need to visit is the daily fish market because of the incredible spectacle of local fishermen contending for the attention of buyers. Located on Quai des Belges at the Vieux Port, the market has been selling fresh fish in the same spot for centuries. Marseille offers a great selection for dining. You can find traditional French cuisine, and many international choices. Local specialties include the world-famous bouillabaisse, ratatouille, tapenade, and more. One choice, Chez Fonfon, is set in the Vallon des Auffes. This legendary Marseille restaurant is right in the area that is home to fishermen and their families, making this one of the best places in town to try bouillabaisse (fish stew).
The city is served by an international airport, Marseille Provence Airport, located in Marignane. If you are driving, an extensive network of motorways connects Marseille; the A7 runs to the north and west, Aix-en-Provence in the north can be reached on the A51, Toulon on the A50, and for the French Riviera take the A8 east. Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles is Marseille’s main railway station. It operates direct regional services to Aix-en-Provence, Briançon, Toulon, Avignon, Nice, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, and more. Gare Saint-Charles is one of the main terminal stations for the TGV in the south of France making Marseille accessible within three hours from Paris and just over one and a half hours from Lyon. There are also direct TGV lines to Lille, Brussels, Nantes, Genève, and Strasbourg.