I just booked a week in Marseille during the Christmas holiday. Just got a new job and this was the first thing on my list.
This is my first time to Provence and I will be stationed in Marseille for seven days. I've always wanted to go to Marseille, and I've always felt drawn to it after reading the Marseille series of Marcel Pagnol. I'm going to be staying in the very historic Grand Hotel Beauveau Vieux Port which is located right at the heart of the Vieux port.
What recommendations do you have in visiting Marseille? Any good tour companies? What part of the surrounding areas of Provence should I definitely not miss (I will for sure see Cassis, Aix-en-Provence, and Arles) buy what specifically do you recommend? Any restaurants that I must visit? I have already visited Nice and the Cote d'Azur, so I'm mostly interested in the western area of Provence.
A bit about me: Almost 30, I've traveled all over France and I speak French fluently. I'm game for a few guided tours but I'm also not opposed to going on my own. I'll be doing this trip solo. I'm interested in history, art, and a French foodie.
Merci, tout le monde!