Geography of Marseille
Marseille is located in southern France on the Gulf of Lion (an arm of the Mediterranean
Sea). It is the second-largest city in France and has the country's largest port.
The city is linked by canal with the Rhône River, and in the bay fronting
Marseille are several islands.
Marseille is divided into sixteen arrondissements which spiral out from the
focal point of the city, Vieux Port. Due north lies the old town, Le Panier,
site of the original Greek settlement of Massalia. La Canebière, the
wide boulevard leading from the head of Vieux Port, is the central east-west
axis of the town.
The Centre Bourse and the little streets of quartier Belsunce border it to
the north, while the main shopping streets lie to the south. The main north-south
axis is rue d'Aix, becoming cours Belsunce then rue de Rome, av du Prado and
finally boulevard Michelet.
The lively, youngish quarter around place Jean-Jaurès and the trendy
cours Julien lie to the east of rue de Rome. From the headland west of Vieux
Port, the Corniche heads south past the city's most favoured residential districts
towards the beaches and promenade nightlife of the Plage du Prado.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Mercure Marseille Prado
Holiday Inn Marseille
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