Marseille

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Unlike its glitzy cousins up the Riviera, Marseille is a great example of a gritty Mediterranean port town.  In addition to the port area and beaches, there are some amazing sea views from the nearby limestone calanques. (2007)

At the heart of Marseille is the old port filled with boats and ships and the blue water of the Mediterranean. The old section of the city called "Le Panier" is full of charachteristic faded pastel buildings with drooping shutters and hanging laundry. The Corniche is one of the most beautiful beach and seascape walkways of the city. Out from the city are the limestone cliffs of the calanques in which the sea has carved out many secluded beaches like this one. An overview of the unique cityscape of Marseille.