France‘s oldest city dates from 600BC when it was settled by Greeks from Phocaea. Since then it’s seen bubonic plague, been attacked by Visigoths and was a French Revolution hotbed (hence the national anthem, La Marseillaise). The sense of history is strong — plus beaches, bouillabaisse and budget flights, of course.
Where to stay
Actors, pop singers and football players hang out at the bar of this hip hotel, just east of the Old Port (Vieux Port). Expect arty rooms with charcoal-grey carpets and designer lights. DJs play in the lively bar/restaurant from 9pm, with live music…