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Marseille Once Capital Of Drugs, Today A European Capital Of Culture

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Marseille is the second largest city in southern France and was never considered a significant tourist destination, although it can offer so much. It used to have a bad reputation, and in the film “The French Connection” it is portrayed as the European Capital of drug trafficking.

It was only in the last ten years that it began to reveal its other side and Marseille began to be perceived as an attractive place for a holiday. In addition to the most popular sport – soccer and their soccer club Marseille, whose home is Velodrome stadium with the capacity of 67,000 spectators, the city offers many other cultural events. Here we can find the famous castle of Chateau d’If, where Alexandre Dumas placed his hero, Edmond Dantes, better known as the Count of Monte Cristo.

The city has in recent years undergone many transformations, of which the most important one is the transformation of the port, due to the fact that 2013 was declared the cultural capital of Europe. Be sure to visit the Panier quarter, which abounds in museums and boutiques and apartment block La Cite Radieuse, designed by the famous architect Le Corbusier. As far as food is concerned, there are many brilliant places where you can taste bujabes, traditional Provencal fish soup that comes straight from Marseilles … One of the best restaurants Chez Ida offers a wonderful atmosphere where you will feel right at home. Restaurants also worth visiting are AM par Alexandre Mazzia and Da Paolo.

This city, which was perceived as dangerous, today has so much to offer, and you won’t be disappointed on your visit.

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