Set near the mouth of the Rhone on the captivating southern coast of France, within the province of Provence, Marseille is the second-largest city in the country, and its oldest, and 'Capital of Culture' since 2013. Since then, five major new major art centres were developed; the Old Port was beautifully refurbished; and neighbourhoods, shops, restaurants and museums were given a new lease on life. The result is a pulsing, cosmopolitan and innovative port city inhabited by trendy multicultural urbanites. Wander through colourful, spice-scented, French-African markets, visit the magnificent Basilique de Notre-Dame de la Garde, browse the chic boutiques on the historic high street, or try a steaming bowl of Marseille’s famous bouillabaisse. The choices are as diverse as they are seductive.