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City portrait: 72 hours MARSEILLE

Marseille is booming. Europe's Capital of Culture 2013 is triumphing with new museums, squares and entire city districts. We have put together a program for three days of diversity.

Be it futuristic buildings, the friendly residents or that Rich cultural offerings: There is something for everyone in Marseille. Even those who prefer to indulge in sweet idleness will find their sunny spots to relax - instead of in the hotel, perhaps in their own personal holiday home.

Day 1: City and Culture

9.00 a.m .: Comptoir Dugommier (external link)
In the nostalgic café with lots of wood and a cozy vintage atmosphere, the day begins with crispy croissants, organic scrambled eggs and café au lait.

10.30 a.m .: La Canébière & Old Port
Lined with department stores, hotels, bistros and one Belle Époque Palais strives for Marseilles boulevard Old port with his excursion boats, yachts and fishing trawlers - the fishermen sell their catch in the morning on the quay, right next to the emblematic mirror roof by Lord Norman Foster.

11.30 a.m .: Le Panier
Recently refurbished, the oldest quarter of the city attracts with an exciting mix of Mediterranean-village heritage and trendy zeitgeist. Via narrow alleys and secluded squares with trendy bars like that, you pass the St Laurent Church and the Fort St-Jean.

1.00 p.m .: Lunch at Gérald Passédat (External link)
On the top floor of J4 served by the three-star chef of the Petit Nice in "La Table" Mediterranean gourmet cuisine, im "La Cuisine" Provencal chickpea crepes and crab with chili. In the garden bistro "Le Café" entice grilled chicken with honey and lemon and mullet with lemon confit.

2.30 p.m .: Mediterranean culture in MuCEM (external link)
Marseille has been a city of the Cultures of the Mediterranean to encounter. The cultural and historical diversity can be found in the Permanent exhibitions in J4 and Fort Saint-Jean discover - ideally with guided tours, which are also offered in German, alternatively with a multimedia guide. As a meeting place, the MuCEM regularly offers special exhibitions, workshops and events that encourage exchange.

4 p.m .: Euroméditerranée (external link)
A little caffeine kick on the quay with a view of the ferries going to Corsica take off, get fit for Marseilles "Euroméditerranée", the modern shopping and office mile, designed by architectural icons such as Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel.

5.00 p.m .: Shopping in the ["Les Terrasses du Port"] ( (External Link) "To the Hpmepage of the" Terasses du Port "")
They are even on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 190 shops and bars on the harbor terrace open. Don't miss: the 260 meter long terrace with a view of the Mediterranean Sea - the perfect setting for a Pastis to plan the evening.

7 p.m .: Cultural program ...
The choice is difficult: That Le Silo (External link), once largest grain silo in France, attracts with dance, theater and a panoramic view of the dock district.
It sticks out like a 16-meter springboard Villa Méditerranée - and offers exhibitions, cinema and lectures in the underwater auditorium. The former tobacco factory shows how lively the subcultures are in Marseille Friche La Belle de Mai (External link), Matthieu Poitevin designed her spectacular tower.
... or a large kitchen?
No fish soup is as shrouded in mystery as Marseilles Bouillabaisse. What is a classic besides seven game fish, rock fish, fennel, saffron and pastis? At "Chez Fonfon" (external link) the parade view of the sea.

10 p.m .: Into the night life
Now it's time to see and be seen! The aperitif in Au Petit Nice (28, Place Jean Jaurès) is a must. This is where all of Marseille meets to start the evening. Dancers move on Bazaar, a chic club with four different floors.

Day 2: Islands and Shopping

8.00 a.m .: Café & croissant
The young day begins on the terrace of the Café de l’Abbaye (3, Rue d'Endoume) - with a view of the sunrise over the Old Port.

10.30 a.m .: Off to the island kingdom
Shaped by the sun, wind and waves, that is Pomègues, Ratounneau, Tiboulen and If (External link), Islands of lime in the Marseille Bay with restaurants, marina, sea bass breeding. The Château d'If Francis I had it built to protect the harbor. Today it can be visited. To the Frioul archipelago puts the Frioul-If-Express (External Link) from Vieux Port from - sometimes dolphins accompany the ferry.

3 p.m .: Time for shopping
Concept stores how Oogie (External Link) are in the trendy district La Plaine to find. Next door in the Rue du Paradis The shopping heart beats faster, there are antiques in Préfecture district.

7 p.m .: Sporty aperitif
With your feet in the water, your eyes on the sea - this is where authentic Marseille comes to life. Since 1854, the locals have been meeting for an aperitif in the Le Petit Pavillon (External link). A few laps in the pool will refresh your mind.

8 p.m .: Feast with a view of the lake
This is spectacular by the sea Restaurant L’Epuisette (External Link), where Guillaume Sourrieu stages and contributes culinary works of art nine courses the flavors of the Mediterranean are served as beguiling fork bites.

9.30 p.m .: Stroll with a distant view
It is five kilometers long "La Corniche" promenade with views of the cliff coast and the Frioul archipelago. The bourgeoisie loved this view and built villas like Valmer in 1865 and das in 1890 Château Berger (External Link), today a wonderful spa.

Day 3: the green Marseille

8.00 a.m .: Photo breakfast
in the Polikarpov (External link) At the Cours Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves you can have an extensive and good breakfast as early as eight in the morning - and visit photo exhibitions at the same time.

9.00 a.m .: Excursion to the Calanques (External Link)
Limestone white rocks, azure blue water and bright beaches: these are the Calanques, a chain of Minifjords between Marseille and Cassis. You can discover that National park on trips from the old port. A jump into the water is part of the Calanques safari with a sailing boat or catamaran (external link). You can experience nature up close on sea kayak tours (external link), snorkeling and diving, (external link) hiking or climbing.

8 p.m .: Young Provence cuisine
He is 26 years young and cooks so divinely that even established star chefs go into raptures: Ludovic Turac is Marseille's pride and joy - and rejuvenated in the "Table du Sud" (external link) the Provencal classics so creative at the Vieux Port.

Article from the magazine "Rendez-vous en France", edition 2015 (Hilke Maunder)