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Marseille

Marseille

Marseille

The city of Marcel Pagnol and Zinedine Zidane has frequently been under the spotlights. Already on the program of the first Tour de France in 1903 at the end of a 374-km stage that has left Lyon, it was also on the course of the 50th Tour anniversary (1953), then again of the centenary in 2003 and more recently of the 100th edition in 2013. Other than cycling, it was also in a year finishing by 3 that Marseille certainly witnessed its greatest sporting moment when the OM of Basile Boli and Didier Deschamps conquered the European Champions Cup in 1993. The next major highlight coming up will be on the 2017 calendar during which Marseille will be promoted to Sports Capital of Europe. The second biggest trade harbor in the Mediterranean will also find out next September if it has to prepare for another major outcome. Indeed the sailing events would be due to take place in Marseille if Paris was chosen to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Orange Vélodrome, Marseille © Thinkstock

Stage city for the 36th time
Prefecture of Bouches-du-Rhône (13)
850,700 inhabitants (Marseillais)

Economy: The leading French port, largest French-speaking university in the world, seven million tourists per year

Culture: Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica (17th century), Saint-Victor Abbey (12th century), Saint-Laurent Church (12th century), Palais du Pharo (19th century), Longchamp Palace (19th century). Cité radieuse Le Corbusier (residence block of architectural importance), Château d'If, 17 museums including MuCEM (civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean), Fine Arts, Museum of Natural History, Cantini, Borely, Motorcycle, Memorial de la Marseillaise, Roman docks. Events: Marseille Jazz of Five Continents, Festival of Marseille (dance)

Sport: European Capital of Sport in 2017. Olympique de Marseille (football, Ligue 1), Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille (swimming). Orange Vélodrome. Events: Red Bull crashed Ice, Run In Marseille, Tour de France of Sailing, Sosh Freestyle Cup (competitive and urban sports), Urban Éléments (urban sports)

Specialities: Bouillabaisse, aïoli, pieds paquets marseillais (sheep tripe), quail or galinette kebabs, sardinade (grilled sardine), navettes (dry cakes), pastis. Marseille soap (based on olive oil)
Sustainable development: Le Vélo (self-service bikes), metro, trams, three maritime shuttle lines (Vieux-Port to Estaque and Les Goudes to Pointe Rouge), ferry, 85 bus lines, 2 metro lines, 3 tramway lines

Labels: Tourist resort, French Tech, Calanques National Park, two-star floral city
2017

Slogan : “We are Marseille”

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Marseille and cycling

The city of Marcel Pagnol and Zinedine Zidane has always been part of the Tour de France history. Already on the map of the first Tour de France in 1903 as the finish of a 374-kilometer stage from Lyon, it was also included on the map of the 50th anniversary (1953), of the centenary in 2003 and, more recently, on the route of the 100th edition in 2013. 2017 is also meaningful as Marseille has been named the European capital of sport for the year. A football town, with local club Olympique Marseille the only French team to have won the most prestigious of the European Cups, Marseille can also boast a true cycling tradition. Every season, the European calendar takes off from Marseille with the Grand Prix d'Ouverture and the city has hosted the Tour de la Provence for the past two years. France's second largest city also has a professional team, Delko-Marseille-Provence.
Countless riders hailed from Marseille, the most famous being Gustave Ganay, Roger Chaussabel, Louis Aimar, Raoul Rémy, Louis Rostollan, Georges Chappe, Guy Sibille, Marcel Tinazzi, Rémy di Grégorio or Maxime Bouet.
But its is a rather unheralded fact that the one and only Marseille-Paris race organised in 1902 was the event that gave Geo Lefevre the idea of ​​organising a Tour de France the following year.

Gustave Ganay en 1922 © Agence RolLa Grande Motte, Marseille, 2009 © Presse Sports / Bernard Papon

Stage city for the 36th time
Prefecture of Bouches-du-Rhône (13)
850,700 inhabitants (Marseillais)

Economy: The leading French port, largest French-speaking university in the world, seven million tourists per year

Culture: Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica (17th century), Saint-Victor Abbey (12th century), Saint-Laurent Church (12th century), Palais du Pharo (19th century), Longchamp Palace (19th century). Cité radieuse Le Corbusier (residence block of architectural importance), Château d'If, 17 museums including MuCEM (civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean), Fine Arts, Museum of Natural History, Cantini, Borely, Motorcycle, Memorial de la Marseillaise, Roman docks. Events: Marseille Jazz of Five Continents, Festival of Marseille (dance)

Sport: European Capital of Sport in 2017. Olympique de Marseille (football, Ligue 1), Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille (swimming). Orange Vélodrome. Events: Red Bull crashed Ice, Run In Marseille, Tour de France of Sailing, Sosh Freestyle Cup (competitive and urban sports), Urban Éléments (urban sports)

Specialities: Bouillabaisse, aïoli, pieds paquets marseillais (sheep tripe), quail or galinette kebabs, sardinade (grilled sardine), navettes (dry cakes), pastis. Marseille soap (based on olive oil)
Sustainable development: Le Vélo (self-service bikes), metro, trams, three maritime shuttle lines (Vieux-Port to Estaque and Les Goudes to Pointe Rouge), ferry, 85 bus lines, 2 metro lines, 3 tramway lines

Labels: Tourist resort, French Tech, Calanques National Park, two-star floral city
2017

Slogan : “We are Marseille”

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Sights

MuCEM
Inaugurated in 2013, when Marseille was the European capital of culture, the Museum of European and Mediterranean civilisations (MuCEM) became one of the symbols of the city thanks to its waterfront fishnet appearance due to architect Rudy Ricciotti. Leaning against the old Fort Saint-Jean, the museum lies in the heart of a new centre of gravity for the city, closer to its port, alongside the Villa Méditerranée, the Regards de Provence museum, old rehabilitated docks, the Silo concert hall and the Terrasses du Port shopping centre.

Notre-Dame de la Garde
Erected between 1853 and 1864 on a hill overlooking the bay of Marseille, the basilica, known by the Marseillais under the nickname of "the Good Mother", is the symbol and protector of the city. It was built on an old fort from the time of Francis I and in place of a chapel considered since the Middle Ages as the protector of sailors and fishermen. It is remarkable for its mosaics and numerous ex-votos deposited by the faithful.

Orange Vélodrome stadium
Built in 1937 for the 1938 Football World Cup, the Vélodrome (which originally included a cycling track) has since been redesigned for Euro 1984, the 1998 World Cup and more recently for Euro 2016. Renamed Orange Vélodrome in 2016, it can accommodate 67,000 spectators, which makes it the second biggest stadium in France.

Saint-Victor abbey
Founded by Saint Jean Cassien in the 5th century, the abbey occupied most of the southern shore of the Old Port in the Middle Ages. The abbey was one of the most powerful of its time until its destruction in 1423 during an invasion of the Aragonese. Today only remains its fortified church, reworked in the nineteenth century, and crypts containing sarcophagi, precious testimonies of early Christian times in Marseille.

Marseille History Museum
Opened in 2013 in the basement of the Bourse shopping mall on the edge of the “Garden of the vestiges”, the Museum of History of Marseille presents a fascinating journey from the origins of the city, founded in the 6th century BC, until today.

Château d'If
Located on the island of If, this fort ordered by Francis I in the 16th century to protect the city eventually became a prison made famous by Alexandre Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo.

Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée © SiefkinDRVue sur Notre-Dame de la Garde © Jrg Hackemann - FotoliaLa devanture de l’Orange stade Vélodrome © Ange LorenteLa nef et le chœur de l’abbaye © Robert ValetteLe Musée d’histoire de Marseille © SguillermainLe château d’If vu de Marseille © Jean-Marc Rosier

Stage city for the 36th time
Prefecture of Bouches-du-Rhône (13)
850,700 inhabitants (Marseillais)

Economy: The leading French port, largest French-speaking university in the world, seven million tourists per year

Culture: Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica (17th century), Saint-Victor Abbey (12th century), Saint-Laurent Church (12th century), Palais du Pharo (19th century), Longchamp Palace (19th century). Cité radieuse Le Corbusier (residence block of architectural importance), Château d'If, 17 museums including MuCEM (civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean), Fine Arts, Museum of Natural History, Cantini, Borely, Motorcycle, Memorial de la Marseillaise, Roman docks. Events: Marseille Jazz of Five Continents, Festival of Marseille (dance)

Sport: European Capital of Sport in 2017. Olympique de Marseille (football, Ligue 1), Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille (swimming). Orange Vélodrome. Events: Red Bull crashed Ice, Run In Marseille, Tour de France of Sailing, Sosh Freestyle Cup (competitive and urban sports), Urban Éléments (urban sports)

Specialities: Bouillabaisse, aïoli, pieds paquets marseillais (sheep tripe), quail or galinette kebabs, sardinade (grilled sardine), navettes (dry cakes), pastis. Marseille soap (based on olive oil)
Sustainable development: Le Vélo (self-service bikes), metro, trams, three maritime shuttle lines (Vieux-Port to Estaque and Les Goudes to Pointe Rouge), ferry, 85 bus lines, 2 metro lines, 3 tramway lines

Labels: Tourist resort, French Tech, Calanques National Park, two-star floral city
2017

Slogan : “We are Marseille”

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Les Calanques

© P.Guzik

The Marseilles time trial is the opportunity to discover the Calanques, Iles Marseillaises, Cap Canaille and Massif du Grand Caunet Natura 2000 site. This site's defining feature is that it hosts continental, island and marine natural environments. Its physical geography has lead to a mosaic of natural habitats (scree, pine forests, marine caves, reefs). This Natura 2000 site hosts heritage plant (such as the Sabline de Provence (Arenaria provincialis) and posidonia) and animal species (such as the bottlenose dolphin and bent-winged bat).

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