Marseille lies on the southern shores of France. It is the largest port of the Mediterranean Sea, so it is a really important city for France, since the whole French trading industry flows through this city.
The Old Town district and the New district shows quite an ambivalence inside the city. It really shows, which the poorer and richer side of the city is. Marseille is home for many churches. For example the Saint-Victor monastery, famous for its catacombs, the cathedral built above the ruins of the Notre-Dame de la Garde, or the Saint-Michel church which can hold four thousand people at a time.
One of the most crowded streets of the city is the Prado, which is a four kilometre long walking-avenue that goes down to the sea-shore to the Chémin de la Corniche.
Next to the city, there are a few little islands which worth a visit as well. Immortalised by Alexandre Dumas' novel the 'Count of Monte Cristo', the fortress of If lies on the Isle of If, which is one of these few islands. The fortress was used as a prison for political prisoners and Protestants.
Travelling between Marseille's old town, the new district, and the ports, you might want to rent a car because it can save you valuable minutes between two sights. Travelling around town in a car is also a rather exquisite experience, as follows it is surely a good investment in many aspects of your visit to Marseille.