Marseille, your feet in the water

From the Old Port, it is easy to wander through the narrow streets and take in the richness of the oldest city in France.

"From the high points of Marseille, the Old Port, which reflects the lights of the city, looks like the Milky Way", observed Franz-Olivier Giesbert. Located in its heart, the Radisson Blu Hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels, with its rooftop swimming pool affording a panoramic view of the city. From its rooms, you'll overlook the Old Port and the Fort Saint-Jean, which houses the amazing MuCEM – the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations – completed in 2013 by the French architect Rudy Ricciotti. You can also discover, from March 4, the special exhibition on the work of Anne-Marie Filaire.

Besides discovering the museum, you shouldn't miss visiting its permanent exhibition at the Galerie de la Méditerranée. Gourmets can sample the cuisine of top chef Gérald Passédat at affordable prices. He has designed a jetty on the upper floor of MuCEM, with a chic bistro, La Table, as well as a brasserie, La Cuisine. In addition to this, on the first floor, there is a kiosk offering light snacks and, at the Fort Saint-Jean, there is a café and a culinary school.

Before setting off in the winding streets, peppered with bars, art galleries, and cultural centers, you should peruse the cutting-edge program at the Théâtre de la Criée and its two theater halls, led by the director Macha Makeïeff since 2011. From March 23, the site is exhibiting works and portraits by artist Rebecca Bournigault.

After which, from the Place du Général-de-Gaulle, take the rue de Paradis which abounds with hidden gems, luxury boutiques, businesses, and restaurants. You'll want to go further towards the Cité Radieuse, designed by the architect Le Corbusier. The designer Ora-ïto is responsible for an open-sky space for artistic creation, MaMo (Marseille Modulator), for everyone to use.

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