Marseille has always been a cosmopolitan city, open to the world from its prime position on the Mediterranean Sea. Since ancient times, it has been an important cultural and commercial crossroads.

You should take the time to climb up to Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde (called the ‘Good Mother’) which overlooks the city, stroll through the legendary Panier district, or relish a bouillabaisse at the Old Port. You could also get away from the bustle of the city by hiking the trails of the Sormiou or Sugiton calanques, rocky inlets which offer breath-taking views over the sea.

Marseille, France’s main port, is known as the ‘Gateway to the Orient’. Rugby World Cup 2023 presents a new opportunity to showcase all it has to offer after the successful hosting of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup 2007 and UEFA Euro 2016. Known for its passion for sport, Marseille welcomes Rugby World Cup 2023 to the Stade Vélodrome, the scene of some of the greatest sporting exploits.

(Photo: Ange Lorente – Ville de Marseille)