Marseille is a city caught between worlds. France’s second-largest city is the largest European city on the Mediterranean coast, and its history as an important port for the ancient Greeks and Romans means that it has always been a place where cultures meet and mix.
This stunning video by Mathieu Maxime Prod shows the city at its most beautiful. You can catch glimpses of the ancient architecture of the historic Panier district, as well as the modern latticework of the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée. Marseille’s famous soap is cut with images of the lavender fields that are used to produce it, a perfect example of how the natural beauty of the city’s surroundings, its cliffs and calanques, makes a gorgeous contrast to the city’s bustling commercial vibrancy. And let’s not forget the food — some of the best fish you will ever eat in your life.
If this video isn’t enough to get you planning a summer vacation to Provence, then check out this article on the best French beach towns for tourists and trailblazers alike.